Gwenette WriterSinclair is a friend on Google Plus. She left a comment on yesterday’s post, Why Do Authors Do What They Do?, and I’m lifting that comment into this post:
“I think there is a biological answer to your core question, which is basically: Why do we write at all?? (The push to share or sell is a separate question, yes??) When I write, my MIND is very active seeing visions, seeking words, hearing sounds . . . and I actually experience an altered state of being, I sense my own mind and I sense completeness when the vision, words and sounds all slide together, meshing into a perfect form . . I actually feel a chemical happenstance in my brain and body . . . and I Like it! That is why I write. This is true whether I am writing an essay, a short story, a poem, a political treatise or a technical manual:) Whether anyone else reads it or experiences it . . that is an added pleasure. As a teacher, I do know that, if I experience that state of perfect meshing then use that piece with my students, they DO respond differently. They sense the balance I think – the state of communication in equipoise:) Information in equipoise can be more readily envisioned and accepted. Written and spoken language (I include singing and chanting here) is inherently a pathway to CONNECT with others. Those direct connections are almost as good as the first creation sensation . . . almost ;-) So, we reach out to share and sell . . .”
Gwenette likes the feeling of Equipoise, the sense of Completeness, and the opportunity to Connect.
What about our distant ancestors?
Was making a tally of trade goods the cause for feeling equipoise?
Did pictographics of the lives of gods bring a sense of completeness?
Were scribes eager to connect with others?
Obviously, not all acts of writing induce altered states; but, many could be tweaked to supply the writer’s high…
Even if it was only in your diary, has writing ever helped you feel more or gain satisfaction or enliven your life?
What is it about recording words that carries such power?
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