Free Your Words
Free Your Words
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
Dear Hubbers, it has come to my attention that many of us are posting work that is often below our potential and frankly, posted for the sake of posting and maintaining a Hub score. This is human nature and is to be expected, and the only one hurt by this practice is us. Notice, I have included myself for having failed in this way and deeply regret it; for I know better.
We are writers, interested in many genres and applications, but still writers. We are creative people and there is art in what we do. Like all arts there is a process of learning and practising and we ultimately seek perfection, just like any artist, musician, sculptor, poet or anyone in a creative pursuit. Let me explain...
When I was younger I worked in the music business, in recording studios writing and producing radio and television commercials and soundtracks. As an adjunct to my musicianship I studied with a vocal coach in Sydney for many years. I did what you would expect; learned how to breathe and control both muscles and support breath, did endless scales and vocal exercises and learned how to sing and take control of my voice.
There is a term they use; it is called ‘freeing the voice’. After years of training, of boring exercises and monotonous rituals something happens quite unexpectedly. Suddenly when your brain asks your voice to do something, it does it perfectly, with no strain or hesitance, and with perfect pitch. It is as if the voice has become a separate entity, like a bird released it soars through the air with complete and masterful control. This is ‘freeing the voice’. Now whenever that person sings, the performance is about emotion and expression, the technical part of the voice being sound. The voice has become an instrument. This feeling of freedom is the most exquisite and rewarding feeling and the sound of this voice is one of pure emotion and love as a consequence.
As an artist there is a similar metamorphosis. We are trained how to draw, learn perspective, use colour, develop brush techniques and every technical aspect of art. As people we use our life experience to reflect in colour and form our perceptions of the world. It takes many years to develop all the techniques required to be a competent artist, and a lot more years to mature and find authentic expression with which people will relate. At some point and after years of dedication the artist feels that freedom enter his work, an open channel to the flow of creativity.
Writers too go through a metamorphosis. We must firstly learn the language, grammar, punctuation and all the technical requirements of written communication. Then, depending on which area of expertise we wish to follow, we need to learn the rules of that genre: poetry, creative writing, prose, fiction, articles, short stories, and plays, film scripts and so on. When we have learned all that, we again need to understand the topics of our work through both research and life experience. Beyond that we need our creativity, our ability to express ourselves in a creative and elegant way, word-smithing and using clever metaphors, similes and interesting structures to entice the reader to read, and keep reading.
Writing is an art that requires endless dedication and continuous practice. We must learn from our predecessors and to also hone our own style and purpose in writing. We are each individuals who write as no other can. Like the singer, we must free our words.
So next time you’re posting your work, make sure it is for the right reasons and you are happy with both the quality and content of your post. Hub scores are meaningless without the dedication to your writing. It doesn’t matter whether you are professional or not, this is about the integrity of your art, and that to an artist is foremost.