Your writing has improved

Your writing has improved, she said.

And I agree. I can feel it, experience it, as I write. But also as I go back a year, two, three, to revisit what I wrote back then. My writing has definitely improved, it’s getting better and better, and what I notice is how it’s taking on it’s very own tone and voice. My tone and voice, something that has never before been expressed and explored like it is now. Taking shape before my eyes, the lines, colors, texture of it gradually coming into being, letter by letter, word by word.

The tone and voice of the books I read (and I am an avid reader!), is something I give thought to. If the tone doesn’t reverberate within me, I put the book down (something which I never allowed myself to do before when I was still oh so harsh against myself. If I’d started to read it, I couldn’t be a quitter…. Oh Helena, how harsh you were…). Pick another. Start to read. Going for a book that vibrates in tune with me.

That vibration doesn’t have anything to do with the topic, or whether or not it’s fiction or non-fiction, No, it’s the use of words, how they are placed on the paper, the pace of it, sometimes who the speaker is, and how he/she speaks to me. There are writers whose tone I love, and those that I just cannot get myself to read.

And my tone is slowly growing, with each word I pen, with every blog post I publish (as well as those I don’t…), slow and steady, a blog piece a day, I am honing my skill at writing. The beauty of blogging is that it’s visible, my journey as a writer is there for all to witness, including me.

As I’ve revisited my blog posts of years gone past, I’m getting the feeling there are topics I’d like to get back to, write about, again, to see what I might be able to do with the same topic today, as a slightly better writer than before.

Better and better….

Don’t misinterpret me, to think I am judging what I used to do, as no good. I’m not. I am merely stating facts. There has been a shift, and hence, what I write today is, in my view, most often of a higher quality than before. But I am not judging myself for having been a bad writer before. No. I merely rejoice at the progression I notice, and take pride in it. Patting myself on the back, for sticking with it, for growing, developing, finetuning and honing my craft.

We all have to start from the beginning, learing the alphabet, to read and write…. and then, gradually, as we learn more and more, as we receive formative feedback, what we produce when writing evolves.

I am happy I’ve rediscovered writing, so that my writing also started it’s very own expansion journey. My writing was at a stand-still for many many years, hibernating, in a state of being neither here nor there, neither alive or dead.writing

But now. It’s alive again.
Out of hibernation. Expanding.

It’s the most wonderful feeling.
You know it too?

Writing induced by flight mode

It’s funny this, how I seem to be at my very peak of writing whenever I am on a plane, with my iPad in flight mode, isn’t it? Or perhaps it isn’t? Very few distractions, plenty of hours to make the most of, and not a whole lot of options as to what to do. I like it a lot though, getting down to it, writing blog post after blog post, that will be published in due time – some might never make it to the public view though! – and just going with the flow, picking up on a thread, and just writing away for a bit, finishing, finding a new thread, and so on. Repeat until breakfast is served…

So I’ve been thinking how I can set it up for me so I actually can get down to this very peaceful and easy-flowing writing without having to hop across an ocean to do it, and one thought that I’ve been having is to go for silent writing retreats by myself, somewhere. Preferably someplace with no or restricted wifi, to make sure I don’t waste my time idly chatting to friends on social media platforms of one sort or the other.

Now, I do write at home though. Otherwise I’d be hard strapped for daily blogging, let me tell you. And once in a while I take full writing days, because the urge to write is so overpowering which makes it a joy to surrender to that feeling! But I’d like to do more of it.

If I get to dream – and I do! -, I’d go to a simple cottage, somewhere out in the country, with beautiful scenery, so I can also take long exploratory walks, and just write. This summer I visited the summer house of the sister of a dear friend – that would be a perfect spot to go. Secluded, amazing surroundings and with a wonderful ambiance to the house. But I’d have to go alone, because I know if I went with my dear friend, we’d be talking talking talking. Then again, that ain’t bad, so I’m gonna dream about going away with her and a few more friends as well, on a talking retreat! And actually, that’s more likely to happen in the near future, because we will make it so.

Silent retreat

So, the question for me is, when will I make my dream of a silent writing retreat happen?