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Friday, September 25, 2009

2 Paradigms of Writing

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Hey there everyone!!

Why is it that we write? To record. We write to capture moments. Moments of ideas, of inspiration, of opinions, or of abstract thought. These recorded moments become part of our history. They can be popularized and find themselves in libraries of the future. Or they can be personal diaries that get discovered by archeologists who now have a new found artifact of history.

In every moment there is so much communication that it could take many moments to analyze one particular moment. Therefore, we have no way of analyzing any moment until we have a way of first recording our moments.

There are paradigms kinds of recording - there's recording in the moment, and there's recording for a specific purpose. When we record with a specific purpose, we automatically add a particular filter to the analyzing (that is, we’ve catered our writing to a particular market, hoping to get a particular outcome). And when we record in the moment, we leave the analyzing open to all possibilities.

Writing is art. I've never sat down and said, “Oh, let me think about a distinction!” That never happens; the distinctions have to come to me, and they come mostly in moments of inspiration. I could be on the Subway, in the shower, or almost falling asleep. When writing in the moment, I don’t know where the writing is going to end up. It could go in this article, be the context for a future interview, be in an upcoming book, or it could go in the trash. We don't predetermine where it will go, we allow it to discover its own journey.

We can then add the “purpose” of the writing later. So that’s what I’m going to do now. What’s the intended outcome of this article? To illustrate that anyone can be a good writer. Let’s not sit down and try to write something and wonder why we have “writers’ block.” Rather, let’s carry a recording device (tape recorder ^there`s a smart phone app for that}, or an old-fashioned pen/paper), and record in moments of inspiration. Everyone has a book inside of them. The secret is in discovering the best process to get it out.

Let's love the world together...

[)anish /|hmed, blind visionary

1 comment:

  1. Hi Danish! I totally agree with you as to where the words come from. They are like sparks of divine inspiration that drop in on us at the most unexpected of times. I use to clean homes for a living and some of my writing would come as I was washing a floor or (lol) cleaning a toilet ;-)