The Art of Writing

Last Update: June 28, 2018

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe."

~ Gustav Flaubert, French Author of his masterpiece: Madame Bovary 1857 ~

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY.

Writing has transpired over the years from the early realm of prehistory, using Greecian and Romanian tablets in the 6th millennium B.C., to the fascinating Hieroglyph System created by the Egyptians and perserved in scribes dating back to c. 3200 BC.

If you are a History buff as I, you can appreciate the different forms and cultures that writing was developed from. It has far since then expanded into different languages and pronunciations.

DID YOU KNOW.

Ideas are always centered around conversation. When we think, we store up every single piece of information presented to our mind. Every thought or conversation that has ever taken place is still within us! So, in discussing certain tidbits of threads, our thoughts are stored until a later date. When we sit down to write, whatever goes from pen to paper, has been discussed previously in the past and at some point in our life, unless we are learning it for the very first time.

MEMOIRS---OBSOLETE?

As discussed in a previous blog post I wrote, "Mindful Thoughts You'll Want to Remember,." https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/herinnelson/blog/mindful-tho...

writers of the past always kept diaries and journals, "memoirs," to reflect on their day. These "memoirs" were also referred to as stories, portrayals, sketches, profiles, monographs, biographies, accounts, chronicles, history, records, depictions, portraits or narratives.

However, coming into the age of technology, "memoirs" have sadly become almost obsolete and a thing of the past, as has writing letters, sending Christmas cards, hand-writing manuscripts and doing written schoolwork. Yes, they have almost vanished, along with the fountain and feather pens and ink blots of the Benjamin Franklin era!

TALKING AT ITS BEST.

Talking out loud, whether to ourselves or to someone else, has always been an effective way in solving a challenge or answering a question. Doing this allows you to hear the words and understand the problem more thoroughly. This releases your thoughts to a broader state. Writing things down on paper or a WORD document divulges a new train of thought and takes on a whole new perspective!

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

This is also true when taking an English examination in school. Choosing a topic to write about always stems from what we've spoken in the past, beginning with all those conversations!

When speaking live in front of an audience or on a video, it helps us to remember and decide what to say if we speak it aloud, and also helps the words to flow, instead of memorizing or following notes.

WRITING---IT'S ALL GOOD!

Writing stimulates our thinking cells from past conversations. It deepens our discovery of new topics and enhances our memory. The thoughts I have written here have, at one time or another, been spoken by me in past conversations.

If you think someone else may benefit from this inspiration, please feel free to share!

Thank you!

Erin :)!

HennieSteyl added the following thought in his comment below. It is insightful, and I'd like to share it with you! I love it!

"One thing I can add, in all humbleness is to share your heart. Let it be part of whatever you are writing about and it will become the colour palette of the art."

RCollis also added some wise words!

"An interesting history lesson that leads to the practice of journaling, and just plain writing. The more you write, the more your writing improves and evolves. I too really enjoy HennieSteyl’s comment." Rick

There are so many other comments below that add an explosive flavor to this post---please read them below! :)!

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greenegeo Premium
Erin,
Great Post! Thanks for sharing.
Arlene & George
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks for coming by, Arlene and George! Happy to connect with you both! :)!
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
History is something that is always changing and we can always learn from.

Tried and True

Elaine
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herinnelson Premium
Yes, so true, Elaine! I've always love it---and I am a Civil War buff and have been to many of the battlefields and historic Civil War monuments and towns several times!
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Yadegm Premium
Great post, thanks for sharing!
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, Yadegm! By the way, you have a wonderful and interesting bio!
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DimosT Premium
Great post Erin ! One great thing about life is that you never stop learning.
Thanks for sharing.
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herinnelson Premium
Absolutely, Dimos! :)!
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LTMLifestyle Premium
That's a great post Erin and history lesson about writing. Well illustrated and I like the comments from HennieSteyl and RCollis.
Great feedback from the community. Thanks for sharing
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks so much, Lillian! You're quite welcome!
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CarolMeador Premium
Great post, Erin! Had a response all typed out, decided it was better suited to my blog because it was too long, cut an pasted it so I could save it, and lost what I had written here! GRRR!

Suffice it to say that when I am needing to express myself in a difficult situation, I do much better in writing than in person. I find that writing helps me clarify my thoughts, organize them, and writing them down triggers more ideas that I add to the mix.

Love the quote!

Carol
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herinnelson Premium
I hate it when that happens, Carol! lol
Organization is certainly the main factor of writing and you've presented a wonderful point! Expressing oneself in writing may make the reader gain a very insightful message!
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CarolMeador Premium
And sometimes the writer, as well! We're so lucky to have computers now. Remember when we used to have to start over or retype something when we wanted to revise it?
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herinnelson Premium
Yes!! My first typewriter for college was a Smith-Corona--you know, the kind with the eraser cartridge! Every time I made a mistake, I'd have to take out the printer cartridge and put in the eraser cartridge! UGH! lol I typed slower as not to make mistakes!
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CarolMeador Premium
Mine was a little blue Royal portable. I used the onion skin Easy Erase paper and a pencil eraser most of the time. If I didn't, I made holes in the paper with that scratchy round typing eraser with the brush on the end. Then I had to start all over and retype the whole page! GRRR! We do have it much easier now, don't we?
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herinnelson Premium
Yes, I highly agree that we do! I can SO relate to your tools!
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CarolMeador Premium
Ah the memories, but I wouldn't want to go back to them! Carol
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herinnelson Premium
True--I agree, Carol!
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bini14 Premium
Amazing, thanks for sharing.
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, Bini! Glad you stopped by! :)!
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DrReiCapital Premium
Absolutely...!

Great Powerful Historical Lesson.

And you revealed many of the sadly forgotten milestone achievements relative to the-art-of-writing because we became an elite member of the aspiring class. We/I were highly blessed to be amongst the learned. We earned currency because we were empowered.

The old school 'Parental' guidance said "... go to school! I want you to learn the 3Rs... I don't want you to be like me, I want better for you... Go to School, and be great!"

And guess what...?

I grew up going to the library mobile every two weeks, and would read, and read, and go hide secretly hide reading to escape housekeeping chores. At the time..., it was to learn about distant places, write class reports to earn additional credits to ensure a solid grade, hopefully... A+, but definitely to rank against the girls who seem to always get an "A"

OK, I know... I oddly am reminiscent of another time, but you offer validation and approval for many of us. So..., It was my chuckled pleasure to read "The Art Of Writing."

Thanks...

Learn, Grow, & Be Successful!
Respectfully,
Clg :)!
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herinnelson Premium
That is my most important intention for writing in the first place---to dig deep within your knowledge and memories and bring them to light!
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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herinnelson Premium
Glad to, Rog! I had FUN writing this!
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RCollis Premium
An interesting history lesson that leads to the practice of journaling, and just plain writing. The more you write, the more your writing improves and evolves. I too really enjoy HennieSteyl’s comment.

Rick
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herinnelson Premium
I think you've just earned a place up above in my post, too! :)!
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bpais1 Premium
My take away from your writing guidance, Erin, is - to write from my heart and soul - and to include a healthy dose of my personal experiences.

Jim
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herinnelson Premium
That's beautiful, Jim! Heart and soul mixed with one's memories is an explosive combination---perfect for any writer!
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dchapman3 Premium
I will share this as I see posts all the time about people here that have a self imposed hang-ups about writing.
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herinnelson Premium
My deepest thanks, Don! :)!!!
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MKearns Premium
Terrific Errin. A way of putting yourself out there regardless of class or dialect!
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herinnelson Premium
Absolutely, Mike! We all possess a writer's flair!
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dbriley Premium
Great post about writing, loved the history lesson as well. I still struggle with writing as I feel it has to be perfect but I am learning just to let it flow. I will get there it just takes practice and the more I write the better it gets. Thanks for posting.
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, sweet Dena! The beauty of writing is that you can simply pour out from the pen anything that comes to mind while you write. Let your mind take completely over and past thoughts, dreams and information will evolve! You are much more blessed than you may think, my dear!
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TaniaHersel Premium
Such an interesting post, it is a new concept to me. I do enjoy HennieSteyls comment.
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, Tania and it's so nice to see you here! I posted another above, and read all the comments and replies. They are quite interesting! :)!
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KimberlyD2 Premium
Thanks Herinnelson, for the informative post.
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, Kimberly! I had so much FUN writing it from past conversations!
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HennieSteyl Premium
Great value, as usual, Erin. Thank you. Have bookmarked it for sharing.
One thing I can add, in all humbleness is to share your heart. Let it be part of whatever you are writing about and it will become the colour palette of the art.
Oh, congratulations on your daughter's 25th. I couldn't believe that you had a daughter of that age. You guys look more like sisters than mother and daughter :-)

Hennie
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, Hennie! Glad to have you share it, too! I would love to add your above line about heart to my post! May I?

You always make me feel so incredible---humbly speaking.
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herinnelson Premium
Your comment is posted above!
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HennieSteyl Premium
Thanks for the mention, Erin. You are always welcome. Sorry for the late reply. Was busy the whole day helping my daughter with her online shop.
Hennie
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herinnelson Premium
That's wonderful! Nice to have Dad help!
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