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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Let's Dance 

"A critic is a legless man who teaches running."
-- Channing Pollock

Although I admit that I am relatively new to blogging, I am definitely not new to journaling. I am, what some might even consider, a "purist" when it comes to journaling (or writing of any kind, including personal and business letters) in that I write everything -- and I do mean, everything --out in long-hand before ever transferring anything to a computer keyboard. There's just something about sitting in front of a computer screen, typing on a keyboard, that causes me to edit - edit - edit in a most obscene way! When writing things out in long-hand, I just keep writing, not worrying about the flow of the words, just the stream of consciousness. Since my mind, imagination, and thoughts are free to flow as the pen moves across the paper (no editing allowed!) I don't miss the minutia of a point or topic. Even if, when I'm to the re-write (or final phase) point and the minutia is cut, at least I have the option to cut, and not the regret over feeling that I'm left missing something that was lost forever in the rush of the clicking of the keys.

My writings literally take on an art form when it finally reaches the editing phase -- balloons, arrows, circles, gyrations of the dance -- a symphony of movement as the words and phrases are rearranged into the most pleasing compositions. By allowing the stream of consciousness to flow freely in the initial writing stages, the intensity and depth of the writing is more profound than if that < delete > key was readily available on the keyboard.

The prestigious Prentice Hall Proofreader's Marks have nothing on me! The subtlety, the ebb, the flow . . . it all comes full circle to find its proper place, its proper rhythm, the tempo with just the right hint of juxtaposition . . . to give it a unique melody.

current mood: creative and verbose
current music: the soundtrack to Ocean's Eleven

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