I like precision.
Things that fit. Those that leave no wiggling room.
They make me feel in order. Internally clean. A soft soapy sponge massaging me from the inside out. Fresh lavender fills the air, even though nothing resembles that in my vicinity. My breathing slows down.
The same goes for words.
I like short phrases. Precise ones. I appreciate the proper use of grammar. Punctuation in its right place. A thought. Another one. Connected like synchronized ballerinas.
When I came across Klinkenborg’s “Several short sentences about writing” I was intrigued like a curious cat discovering a new, shining toy.
One of the author’s key insights is that writing is a form of discipline, a way of ordering and making sense of what’s around us.
It’s a form of exploring the world through words, finding order in confusion, and creating meaning from the chaos of life.
I can’t put the book down.
What got me glued to his powerful pages, though, is that this is not just a guide to writing mechanics; instead, it can be approached as a spiritual journey.
And I am all about that.
Klinkenborg views writing as a means of connecting with something greater than oneself, exploring the mysteries of the universe, and discovering the beauty and truth within.
Can you see me waving my magic wand over the pages?
By paying close attention to the words and phrases that come to us as we write, we can tap into a more profound wisdom that transcends the limits of our conscious mind.
Think of writing as a form of meditation. A way of calming the brain, of opening the flow of inspiration. It’s about connecting with the divine and tapping into the deeper truths of our existence.
Klinkenborg encourages writers to approach their craft with humility, allowing words to come through them rather than imposing their ideas and opinions on the page.
Don’t you love this?
The writing process is a way of becoming more fully alive.
“The problem most writers face isn’t writing. It’s consciousness. Attention. Noticing. That includes noticing language” — Klinkenborg.
Writing as spiritual awakening?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this.
Have you read the book? How was it for you?
If you have yet to read it, are you going to?
Leave a comment and let me know. Won’t ya?
Thanks for reading.