Thoughts about the Art of Writing

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In this text I`ll be looking at writing from a rather creative perspective.

Words

Words are like wild animals that need to be tamed. The better we are at taming them, the more successful they will be when performing in the circus of human brains. In order for us to tame them to the maximum effect, we must realize that each and every word, even the seemingly most insignificant ones, have individual souls and feelings that needs to be respected in order for them to perform with their full potential. They also interact with eachother, and just like a military unit, words need discipline to create a unit of words that works as one. A word is a soldier, a sentence is a platoon, a section is a company, a paragraph is a battalion, a chapter is a division, and a book is an army. Thats why regimes and leaders throughout history always makes sure that certain types of writers get thrown in jail or killed. Musicians too. In "civilized" societies they silence them in more "civilized", or careful, ways. But the outcome is almost always the same; words are winners.

When you feel like your words are dancing along in a smooth and harmonic and natural way, its because you have created a bond between your brain and the words that enables both parties to trust eachother completely. That in turn allows your instincts or gut feeling to take over, and this is when you enter the flow, which is something I`m sure most writers are familiar with. The flow is available on all levels, and it is probably the number one reason for people to keep on writing year after year, simply because it feels so good.

Explanation marks

I am very fascinated by these seemingly innocent marks, and the "damage" they can do when handled "wrong". When they are applied in the normal way, they are very effective helpers, almost like snipers backing up our soldiers, the words. They are logical and perfect, and thats exactly the reason they can have such a disturbing effect on our sense of logic. This is partly due to the fact that we trust logic. We believe in logic. We need and believe in a system in most things. Words, grammar and explanation marks is no exception, especially for writers.

So, if I start playing with that system by "putting" explanation marks in totally illogical and inappropriate "places", it should have a disturbing effect on your sense of logic. Not only will it cripple the poor, innocent word who falls victim to my creative experiment, it will also have a crippelling effect on something in your "brain". Can you feel how it`s like something in your mind just falls apart when I do "this"?

Maybe you can, maybe you cant. Maybe its just me. I find it fascinating, almost like a mystery, like a code with a logic that needs to be broken, but can`t because its able to defend itself by breaking my logic first.

Let`s look at the following sentence: Johnny walked to school. This is a perfectly normal sentence which informs us that a boy named Johnny walked to school. If we change it to; Johnny "walked" to school, it changes everything, and we begin to wonder if Johnny has some kind of secret. Walking is not the same as "walking", so how did Johnny get to school? Did he not walk? No, he was "walking", and only Johnny knows what that means.

Five years later Johnny fell in love and broke his legs. This sentence already has a double meaning, and if we change it to Johnny "fell" in love and broke his "legs", we have "decoded" the double meaning of the sentence and put it back to normal. But look what happens when I do this; Johnny fell in "love" and "broke" his legs. Now the sentence makes no sense no matter how hard you try to find a trace of logic. What`s "love" and how can anybody "break" their legs. How can "love" "break" anyones legs. Could it be because they have.. "legs"?

Sentences

When it comes to sentences I find it difficult to keep them short. Sometimes I have to snap out of the flow and force myself to stop a sentence, go back, and reorganize my "soldiers" so that their "supply lines" doesn`t get stretched longer than they can handle. Other times I just let go, and see where it takes me, like I`m about to do now as a way of ending this text:

Keeping your sentences short, Jonathan, will allow your readers to understand what you are writing about in a clear way without having to go back and read the sentence again because it`s so long that they loose their consentration along with the point of what you are trying to say before they are even halfway through the text that you have written and want people to understand and perhaps even find useful simply because you are a good human being who wants to share your "important" message with as many people as possible so that as many people as possible can benefit from your experience as effectively as possible and without having to waste their time reading everything three times just because you are too inexperienced as a writer to understand that one of the most important things a writer must realize before he can be called a professional writer is the importance of writing in short and understandable sentences.

Thank you for your "time".

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For reasons I know nothing about I havent been able to write comments or submit articles here for a long time. I can only assume I have been blocked..

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Mar 2011 (#)

Jonathan, this is very well written! lol...You made me smile so much....It is a great share....

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author avatar Jonathan
15th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Songbird! I had fun "writing" it.. : )

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Mar 2011 (#)

Interesting as well as humorous.

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author avatar Jonathan
15th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks Jerry!

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author avatar Carol
16th Mar 2011 (#)

An interesting slant on writing, well done!

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author avatar Jonathan
16th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you, Carol, for stopping by and commenting!

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author avatar Denise O
17th Mar 2011 (#)

Jonathan, I just love the circus of brains. The version that put in my head was a hoot. The last sentence darn near got me winded. Nice read, made me smile. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jonathan
18th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you, Denise! (take a look at the last sentence now, you see any changes that might have been made thanks to you?) : )

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author avatar ppruel
19th Mar 2011 (#)

Awesome article dude. A must read. I'll send this off to twitter...Congrats!

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author avatar Jonathan
19th Mar 2011 (#)

I`m honored my friend! Thank you very much!

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author avatar Artur Victoria
20th Mar 2011 (#)

Hi Jonathan
Words, sounds and images are the most powerful force to communicate. Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Jonathan
20th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Artur!

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author avatar D in The Darling
20th Mar 2011 (#)

Jonathan,
You're superb.I was smiling and then broke into laughter at the end. Well written article. The example of a complex sentence at the end is just marvelous. Thanks a lot for sharing this. I'm your ardent fan!

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author avatar Jonathan
20th Mar 2011 (#)

I appreciate your comment, dinthedarling, thank you very much!

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Mar 2011 (#)

Awww great Jonathan, I am so happy I could help. I was helped when I first started and I still am actually, from time to time. I think we should all help each other, in any way we can. I wish I was more able to write right now but, it just does not seem to be in the cards. Though it does make my heart warm up knowing my little article has helped you. By no means am I saying I got this star for you, as I see some very creative writing going on here and you did it my friend. Once again, congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jonathan
22nd Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you once again, Denise! I`m sure you`ll be able to write again before you know it, so dont worry!

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author avatar Artur Victoria
27th Mar 2011 (#)

Hi Jonathan
Congratulations for the very well deserved star!

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author avatar Jonathan
27th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you very much Artur!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Jonathan,
Very useful content for the writers.
The star is not for the pic, but for the information and its presentation. A different star page indeed.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Jonathan,
Very useful content for the writers.
The star is not for the pic, but for the information and its presentation. A different star page indeed.

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author avatar Jonathan
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Rathnashikamani.

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author avatar Greenfaol
11th Apr 2011 (#)

i think your army analogy was brilliant. you are a truly inspiring writer, and I smiled a lot reading this. great work :D

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author avatar Jonathan
11th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you very much Greenfaol.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
27th Nov 2011 (#)

Wonderful! :-)

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