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My Writing Process- some insights

Updated on April 2, 2012
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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.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you connected PDXKaraokeGuy. Thanks for reading.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Your process is similiar to mine, it seems. I enjoy discovering my story as much as I hope my readers do. it does make, for me at least, a little more disorganized and slow when writing larger pieces and novels, but I wouldn't change it for th eworld. Some artists use outlines and plotlines, but I find these to be stifling. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Tim, I always appreciate your input and you are kind in your comments. I must admit I am remiss in my reading of your work and others due to my time limitations. I know I should spend more time being a part of the community and you're right, we all have the opportunity to learn for one another; we all have vaid experience and methodology. I shall endeavour to take time to appreciate what others have to offer. Thanks for your honesty and support. Cheers, Tony.

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      Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tony, you know I am a fan of your writing; I follow your hubs, and I have read many since then, commenting as I feel the urge. I don't think I have given you any writing advice, or critique, some might call it,because I have enjoyed so much of it. I hope that during the times when you have a break, you may visit and comment on my hubs - or critique, as you see fit. I would certainly value your direect input and perspective. Each of us respectively may even gain additional creative viewpoints, to ultimately incorporate in our individual developments and attempts at eloquent expression.

      In any case, thanks for allowing us a look at your creative technique. I believe it is evidence of a great therapy you have found, to bless your life and that of others who read and are moved by many of your words.