#7 – WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY DEAR? – Think before you write!


“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger – Catcher in the rye.

Once things are written down, often from the heart and mostly with good intentions they become public property and take on a life of their own. The writer does not own language and cannot control the rules of language. We are born into the world of language and symbols and our identities are shaped by it more than we realise. Yet still we fall prey to the unpredictable nature of perception and context. How often have you sent a text or e-mailed a friend only to find they have found a meaning in your words that you had no conscious awareness of. Associations are set off by words and we cannot control the the sense these words will take on in new contexts long after we have written them and moved on.

The very nature of writing means we enter into the game of language that was already running before we arrived. Our words will run off in a myriad of new directions when the text finds itself in a new context. We play the game on our keyboards but the language is also playing us in unforeseeable ways. Often the hidden meanings is in reality our subconscious actually saying far more than our conscious awareness would care to admit. It is like there are two writers sharing the same words with different intentions.

All kinds of things are happening with language when we write happening behind the back of the author or if you prefer subconsciously. We are complicated animals indeed

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway

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Yours in perfect health Adam x

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