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!