You, the writer (Part 1)-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
YOU are a writer. Always at the core of writing is the human condition. Because you inhabit this world, because you have words and thoughts that nobody else can speak or think, because you have depths within you that nobody can ever fathom, your expressions will always be necessary to complete this web of life.
In last week’s issue, we talked about the act of writing as very much like standing on a bridge that spans the two banks of a river.
The written text is that middle space between truth and imagination, pleasure and pain, mystery and revelation.
A writer’s heart flows like a river running beneath a bridge. A river must cut through the earth to create its own path.
We write from the longing to create which necessitates destruction.
Perhaps one of the reasons why writers procrastinate is because they know that when they finally sit down to find the words with which to express a moving experience, that experience will be lost as soon as they find the words.
Despite the loss which every writer experiences at the limits that every page must set, the writer moves on to the next word. Death is birth is death – this is the very nature of the creative act.
We write from our past, our present and future.
This is where you are now, with these words, but you bring all that you have known and experienced into what you write. Each succeeding page is the future.
This re-imagining of the past to change the present is the point of writing. Writing is a means of designing one’s future.
It is an appointment with one’s future self. A writer inhabits eternity.
A river may look serene on the surface, but it is ever flowing underneath, constantly stirring with deeper currents that draws it towards its goal which is the ocean.
A writer is always interested in the lives and stories of others.
Because your life and story is always connected to that of others, you are many persons all at once, and must choose a voice from the many voices within.
Writing creates for us a “being within our being.” It teaches self-knowledge and self-respect because it necessitates a distancing from the self.
This painful yet freeing move away from the self is the creation of the voice that speaks on the page.
The writer is also a “reader” in this sense.
The reader “writes” in the act of reading. Both engage in a process of discovery and transformation.
The isolated act of writing transforms the consciousness as the words tell that which is both real and imagined about the self and others.
There emerges a story that bears an enduring truth. That which is revealed is not just the story of the one who is telling it. It never is.
A new language is born, as this consciousness must recreate that which, heretofore, has remained hidden.
As the words appear on paper so do thoughts take form within the mind.
All the while, there moves within the heart something akin to the pleasure and pain of birth.
So is the self transformed in the act of writing.
You, the writer are both creator and created, written onto the text even as the text writes “you.”
As a river changes the face of a city, so does writing move through the consciousness that creates the text. Writing is about transformations. Yours.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 19, 2013.