Degrees of writing.
For every part of writing there is another. For each word there is a sentence, for every sentence a paragraph, and on it goes.
The same is true of philosophy. For every thought about the world is not changing, we are, there is someone talking about climate change, civil rights and the rule of law.
When we combine Philosophy and Writing we see things that are similar.
Philosophy at times asks you to through away your judgement and think only about the problem at hand, much like physics. We see Philosophy as something that old men in white robes do, Aristotle, Plato and Morpheus from The Matrix.
Our judgment of writing is the same. We must throw away what we believe our writing should be and concentrate on what we think it should be. Pay attention to the critics, but not so much that it takes away from your writing.
Your writing is more important than what a critic says. You should wake up and want to write. For every word you write is one that you didn’t write yesterday. Finding ourselves trapped in those things is something we should never do.
A critic is there to distract you from your process. Every writer is different. There are outline style writers and discovery style writing.
Discovery style writing is when you just write, no outlines. This type takes longer in the end since you have to revise more, but it can be the most rewarding. You’re learning the story with your characters.
Outline writers are meticulous about getting it write and sometimes finish there stories in less drafts. The longer you write the better you are at the craft.
If you practice every day, it doesn’t matter whether you’re writing a novel, short story, poetry or blog. Your writing gets better by writing.
A Philosophical Approach.
If we look at Writing and what it is at its heart we see that it’s creation.
Creating life, new life. We may see planets, cities, new people in current cities that have never existed. But we know they exist on the page, screen or TV. These new pieces of life are ours. We created them. We made them come alive. It’s only through us that they exist.
I remember the first time I read The Republic and what an effect the story of the cave had on me. I didn’t realize it until I saw The Matrix.
Incorporating philosophical things in writing is something we do whether we’re aware of it or not.
Will post more about this on Monday!. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to write something brilliant.