A Question About Writing

I have not added new content here since July. I relocated in August and have chosen not to get an Internet connection for various reasons. When checking my email, I saw this comment to “Rolling With The Punches” so I will put it front and center.

casino online says:

First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Cheers!

xhentric says:

To be honest, although I have been writing in private notebooks since I was 13 or so, and even though I wrote a great deal on the Internet from 2002 to 2013 (message boards: whywork.org/forum, gortbusters.org, and another one – all now extinct by the way); lately, ever since I extracted excerpts into Dead End: A Philosophical Diary, I have kind of entered a strange phase where I prefer to babble into a recorder … or just talk to myself constantly without any damn recorder …

When I do write, it is usually because I am facing some dilemma or crisis … it drives me to try to sort it out or calm myself. For instance, I lost my phone AGAIN and could not check up on my aging mother … It causes me distress … I was walking outdoors getting in a kind of sad poetic mood … feeling so impotent against the unknown, unable to even check in … So I returned to the domicile, cleared pots and pans from a little table in the kitchen, and put my notebook there.

First of all, if I do write, I like to write with a special pen in a special notebook and in cursive. Only later, if I choose to, do I type what I have written in cursive.

Of course, I am also a binge drinker, and I can’t operate a pen after a certain point …

I have come to realize that I write as a way to endure life. Sometimes it is enough just to write by hand passages from other thinkers that strike you, and then expound on those thoughts …

You might also try describing and exploring fragments of disturbing dreams or just how you feel about being thrown into existence without asking for it.


2 thoughts on “A Question About Writing

  1. I know I suggested copying down a passage from a thinker you are drawn to and then expounding upon that thought. How uncanny that, just this evening, I read something Cioran wrote: “Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.”

    hmmmmm ….

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