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My Writing Process- some insights
My Writing Process
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
I am perhaps a self-indulgent writer, spending far too much time within my own head. What spurts forth from my brain is rarely filtered, the thoughts having a clear passage to paper. This is simply my way, and I have developed a process of opening up and allowing what may to find expression. Without planning, research or any organisation I simply write and the words find a course. This may seem odd to some but it has always been my process, even in writing novels. What comes from me is often a surprise, and reading work done days earlier, I find myself wondering from where it came.
Having had a life experience dominated by the arts, I learned early about connection to creative thinking and expression. For me it is second nature and not something I need to consciously think about; but what I take for granted may not be everyone else’s experience. Maybe I’m weird but my esoteric view on creativity has served me well in all my artistic expression, as a musician, an artist and of course a writer. The purpose now of writing about it could be viewed as self-indulgence, but I thought perhaps it might resonate with other writers and even give them a further insight about how they express themselves.
What I have always consciously done is view the essence of creativity as an alignment to life, that spark that one could call divine, the core of being. This respectful view has always been fruitful in my life, giving me a broad perspective and a spiritual acceptance of life’s complexity and meaning. To me creativity is an expression that parallels growth and the ability of life to flourish. As flower needs the nourishment of earth, water and the sun to grow strong, so we, as human beings, need nourishment also, and this connection to creative thought is one aspect of that growth.
For me, I cannot live without creative expression. Even a day without it puts me out of balance and I am driven to express myself to restore myself to right. My view is mine alone, but I know how it serves me and I never doubt it in my quest as a writer. The connection is often profound and brings much to the surface about myself and what lays dormant within my darkest places. My writing is always cathartic and it is a passage of learning what is within me as an individual: my faults, my secrets and my conditioning. What I write is as much about teaching me as anyone else.
The process of my writing has delivered me from many dark places: deep depression, thoughts of suicide and hopelessness. Becoming a part of the creative stream has opened up my perceptions of possibility and the importance of love and compassion in life. These understandings give me endless fodder as a writer and seemingly endless topics from which to choose. Having written over 600 hubs, articles, prose and poetry in ten months, my work is the proof of this fact.
In closing I want to say that for a writer, self-awareness and self-realisation are important. When we understand ourselves we begin to understand the world in a different way, and with that our perspective gives us more to write about, to express. No matter what genre of writing you undertake, finding this creative connection is a blessing you will never regret; happy writing.