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Writing and the Forgotten Art of Savoring

Jack Heffron tells writers to have fun with the writing process. I’m sure humor writers have lots of fun when they write, but I was absent when heaven showered writers with the gift of humor. I have the sneaky feeling though that two other bloggers, Pam and Susanne were in the front row when  it happened and I always grow green with envy after reading their blogs.

To have fun during the writing process, I started a “fun journal.” That’s my best shot at having fun while writing.

I love to write, but I cannot say it’s fun. How does one have fun while searching for the right words to express one’s feelings? English is my second language so when I’m writing, I’m regularly questioning whether this or that word is the right one and I Google the meaning of words when I am in doubt – which is quite often.

No, writing isn’t fun for me yet, I haven’t found the path that leads to that state and I hope I’ll see the signposts that leads to that place – soon.

But  writing does make me happy. I know this because I feel my heart open up, and my brain feels contented after I’ve written something: a journal entry, a haiku or a haibun.

I savor these moments. I stay with the feeling of happiness after writing a blog post. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe: There is a sense of completion, a feeling of awe that I was able to write something sensible, and a sense of wonder – or is the right word wondering? I wonder if the readers will resonate with what I have written.

If there’s anything that I have mastered in my entire lifetime, it’s the art of savoring. I savor the wind on my face, the rain on my hair, hearing the birds chirping early in the morning. I savor water as it travels down my throat; the explosion of different tastes as my teeth grind food into tiny pieces; I can even savor silence in the midst of chaos. All good things in life are waiting to be savored, to be enjoyed. When we savor something, we allow the good feeling to linger and doing this feeds our body and soul.

Sadly, modern life does not leave room for savoring. We drink without tasting the sweetness of the water, we take pictures of our food so we can post it on Facebook or Instagram, but we fail to savor the visual feast that is right before us.

Writing helps us learn the fine art of savoring. When we write, we pay attention to details. We linger awhile as we write about the events in our lives, the sounds we hear, and the sensations that we feel.

I know that I have become a master of the art of savoring because of all the years of journaling. I’ve always believed that the world would be a better place if more people would take the time to write in their journals. Some famous writers say that writing is a difficult and lonely undertaking. I agree that sometimes it is, but then again, I think that for the most part, people who write are so fortunate because they can indulge in the fine art of savoring the good things in life through the writing process.

So please, write, write, write!

 

 

photo credit: srett via photopin cc

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11 Comments

  1. I wish more people learned how to saviour the passions in their life, if they’ve found theirs yet. I also wish people Google’d the meanings of words before using them how they think they mean.
    For me, writing the first draft is the adventure. You’re taking all the risks and blows your characters are. It’s all new and exciting. The first edit is where the fun ends though, because you read through your brilliant adventure and realize it isn’t as great as you originally thought it was. You have to put the actual work in and make it as good as you thought it was. From there though, it’s all up hill and fun again. You can add all the right words to make it better than it was, better than what your mind told you it was in the first place. The adventure begins again and for the better.
    Journal writing still eludes me though. I’ve never been able to get into the habit of maintaining one. I think that’s why I blog. =D

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts on first drafts – I am writing a first draft and you are right, it is an adventure by itself. I hope editing would likewise be an adventure.

      I think that in a way, blogging is journaling – it can be considered a public online journal. There are really no rules to journaling, and these days online journaling is as popular as the good old way of writing in notebooks/ diaries.

      Happy writing and thanks for the visit and taking the time to comment!

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      • You are very welcome, Rosanna!
        I do find editing is a pain in the butt, on some occasions simply because once you read through something you thought was done, you realize there is so much more to be said. It’s a little daunting at first, but then the adventure begins again as you think up better ideas.

        Seeing blogging as journaling is very true. We can write about absolutely anything and post it. The more personal things though may need it’s own hidden section though, depending on your blog’s audience. I guess I still see a ‘journal’ as a book =)

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  2. menomama3 says

    You’ve described the happiness of writing superbly. I hadn’t thought about the importance of savouring our work (and writing is definitely work for me!) but you’re right about that too. We should take more time to savour (which is another word for reflect, don’t you think?) the pleasures in our life. What I like about your writing, Rosanna, is you are sincere and it shows.

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    • Susanne, I always thought,came easy to you! Anyway, I’m from the East, where the pace is slower, and we take time to enjoy the pleasures of life. Journaling just helped me make it a habit to savor the good things. Thanks for the kind words 🙂

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  3. Rosanna, I was blown away to be mentioned in your blog–thank you! (And thank for the connection to Susanna’s; I’m now following her blog, too. Lovely stuff!) It is always a shock to me when you remind us that English is not your native language–you own it and wield it so well.

    I wonder if those famous writers who say writing is lonely know the joy of being in the blogging community!

    I love the description of joy in your post. Powerful writing!

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    • Pam, I just wanted to share with the readers your wonderful blog, and Susanne’s as well. I always enjoy my time there! I think that famous writers no longer have neither the time nor need to blog – and yes, you’re right, it’s their loss!

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  4. It’s a wonderful point that you have brought out for a good debate…Yes, we live in two different worlds and we live a fast paced life, where the speed and the end matters, the means and the methods and the way we do has lost it’s essence. We don’t taste what we eat and we don’t smell the flower, we don’t see the surrounding we are in and have distant ourselves from the nature…yes, we have cease to savour the things around us.

    Life has become mechanical, so are our job and work, we do because we have to do and have no choice, we have lost the interest and the patience in doing it it slowly and doing it properly…Writing is no exception, we love to write and we enjoy writing, getting involved and appreciate the things around us to put into paper, humour writing is tough act and needs highest order of thinking and creative skill to put story with wit and humour…we can keep writing and write on many subjects but writing with wit and cherishing every bit of our articulation.

    Happy Writing and let Writing makes us all happy and make the world a better place through sharing these good thoughts…

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  5. I like the hopeful tone at the end of your post, Nihar, “Happy Writing and let Writing makes us all happy and make the world a better place through sharing these good thoughts.” That’s a wonderful way to sum up this blog post. I agree with all the points you brought up. No matter how fast-paced, mechanical and technical this world becomes, writing will always be there, offering us a way to help make our lives less dull.

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