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A Reason For Writing [Jun. 3rd, 2018|07:58 pm]
Tony Grist
One of the reasons I write is to find out what I really think.

This afternoon for instance I wrote a longish screed about war poetry but didn't post it because something about it didn't feel quite right. I left it up on the computer and walked away and did something else- the crossword, I think- and when I came back to it and re-read it I could see that it was really very wrong. I tinkered about a bit and then wiped it because the wrongness was beyond tinkering.

If the form of a thing I've written is inelegant and badly proportioned- as this post was- I've come to realise it's almost because the thinking it embodies is inelegant and badly proportioned too. Not everything I'd written was bad- and maybe if I go away again and think some more I'll find my thoughts falling into a more elegant pattern. If they don't I'll know it's a subject on which I have nothing worthwhile to say.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-06-03 10:24 pm (UTC)
Interesting theory and largely correct, I think. Sometimes we can "feel" a subject, though, and the words to express what we feel just don't make themselves known. I'm not sure that always means we don't have anything worthwhile to say.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-04 07:44 am (UTC)
Can one understand a thing and yet not have the words for it? These are deep waters...
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