“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.”
This is one of the things I love most about writing–it makes me think deeply.
What about writing helps you regain your equilibrium?
“Putting fingers to keyboard” rings more true for most of us, I think, but the point is the same. As long as my thoughts float around willy-nilly in my head, it’s easy for them to negatively influence what I say and do. Seeing those honest thought in black and white alerts me to the lies I have swallowed. I can see how they stack up against God’s truth and, with his help, alter my course.
Terrie, that is a very wise comment. Particularly the “lies I have swallowed” part. We do learn from what we try to teach our characters, eh?
I wish more of my writing revealed deeper thinking. More than one editorial run is required before anything worthy surfaces. But I do enjoy the process. While writing, part of my equilibrium returns when I lose all sense of current time and create my own slice of it in another place. Pleasant.
Jim, I agree. Losing touch with time does often reset me. Especially if I lose touch while writing.
As a kid I enjoyed putting rocks in a stream to force the water in a new direction, to change the lazy meander to a pint sized torrent. Writing helps me put a rock in the path of lazy culture.
What a great word picture, Will!
I think my brain “works” differently when I am writing. Equilibrium equals balance and is the result of perspective — some of the things one does not have when just thinking about something.
Oh definitely, Rex. My brain often goes to totally new places when I’m writing — and when I’m editing.