The Writer's Soul
The Writer’s Soul
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
Writing is like breathing to a writer, an unconscious act of selflessness that connects to a stream of creativity that is the essence and soul of the writer’s life experience. Words spill from the font of life within us, unable to be contained and relentless in their quest for expression. We guide those words and find placement in an attempt to find meaning in our own lives. Writing is the most cathartic of processes and we are driven to teach that which is being taught to us, and in that sense we share to all who read, our most deepest and personal truths.
Like many writers, I have always been a writer, from the beginning of memory. I remember my mother showing off my first works of fiction not long having formed the letters of language. My composition books were many, all illustrated with stick figures and colouring in not always within the lines.
Later in high school I revelled in Shakespeare, T. S. Elliot, Donne, Walt Whitman and the incomparable Dylan Thomas. Their words and ideas were an inspiration for my life and I have spent it endeavouring to aspire to these stalwart pillars of the written word.
In later life my words have been applied to business and expanded to a plethora of jargon and etiquettes unrelated to my chosen expression. Yet, it is at the hands of the same creative force to find mark in succinct and purposeful communication.
Within a passion for music I found writing lyrics and poetic verse a rewarding and ongoing outlet for my word skills, and particularly poetry has led me to so much of the truth in life.
After writing many short stories, I thought it reasonable to consider a fictional novel and to my surprise I found solace in the daily commitment of planning and writing a novel. Up to seven hours a day for six to twelve months seemed difficult at first, but the discipline of writing had created an acceptance and patience beyond what I thought possible. I simply loved it.
I began with fantasy, allowing my mind to create worlds from scratch. This complex process was like recreating my own life, changing what I thought and did every day. The freedom of this creation was like a drug and I wrote a 140,000-word trilogy in only nine months. Now I had a real taste for novels.
My dreams often relayed my next work and one such incident began a journey of research and planning like no other. This book was based in the 14th century and centred on a young Benedictine monk. Three months of research was required learning not only the intricate workings of the religion and monastic life, but also 14th century herbalists and detailed accounts and history of the bubonic plague outbreak in England and France. Historic based writing is yet another challenge that I have embraced and loved.
From there I have written occult thrillers, children's books and some non-fiction, short stories and plays with a constant stream of poetry.
For me writing is who I am and I cannot imagine my life without it. Most days I spend thinking about what I’ve just written or planning a new project. My life and my feelings and knowledge have become like an open book. I have nothing to hide because everything is out and continues to be, at the end of my pen. Age is not a curse but a gift of experience, an accrued patchwork of ideas and knowledge that somehow finds its way to paper. The art for me is how it is expressed, the phrases and metaphors, similes and use of language that at the end expresses who I am and the love that flows through my veins to that virgin paper.
A writer is a person who chooses to reveal their soul to the world, their wants, their sorrows and their thoughts, plain to see. We are open and vulnerable but also free, living in a world we create, a picture we lovingly paint with our words.