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The Art & The Act of Writing
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Victoria Sarne
February 2019
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Victoria Sarne
February 2019
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I love the act of writing whether putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. All of it, whether I am creating poetry, essays, copy or ghost writing. And I love writing letters as well as receiving them. I wish this had not gone out of style or been replaced by the quick soundbite  or messaging. I love the process.

Writing for me is tactile. Poetry, for instance, must first be written with pen and notebook. There is something particular about physically connecting to the paper - and it must be the right paper. I have many notebooks for this purpose and they are chosen very carefully for size and feel and sometimes for a message they might have imprinted on them. Similarly the pens must also be special whether by colour, shape or a unique design. How they feel in my hand and how fluidly they write is very important to the process for me.

When I am writing it feels the same as if I were painting with a brush on canvas. The page is my canvas and the paint translates my thoughts into words. I wonder sometimes if I have an alter ego conducting this orchestra of words working independently of me.

The poetry and the personal essay writing come from a unique place which is completely separate from my conscious, rational mind. It is a very still and quiet place, a dark pool into which I can fall freely and am allowed to swim like a water-baby, unfettered by thought or will. I feel that I have been gifted with this special access to what feels like  and seems to be an unearthly and spiritual space within me. It allows me to be better than I am. More than I am. It gives me the essence of “I Am”.

There is a similarity for me between the feel of writing and reading a book. True, I occasionally read books on my laptop but a printed book is a completely different sensation. It brings me literally into contact with the actual words on the page. The feeling of holding the book in my hands and being able to touch and turn each page seems to make it more authentic bringing me closer to the author, as if I might be sitting next to him or her and having a conversation. It has an immediacy and an ease of access which heightens and intensifies my sense of enjoyment.  To adapt a famous phrase by Samuel Pepys, the Diarist: “when one is tired of reading, one is tired of life.” 

Writing and reading in my world have a symbiotic relationship each being a complete sensory experience and both are ultimately intensely pleasurable. I read to be inspired and I write to inspire others.

 

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  • This entire piece resonated with me, but especially this passage from your article:

    "The feeling of holding the book in my hands and being able to touch and turn each page seems to make it more authentic bringing me closer to the author, as if I might be sitting next to him or her and having a conversation." Thank you so much.