Writing; the why

Writing; the why

People talk and write a lot about what writing is all about, or why they do write themselves. A lot can be said about the subject indeed.

Writing is simply a way to communicate. Whatever form you give to your writing, it is your way to find a way of communicating. 

The advice to myself is to keep it simple, to not be pretentious, but to try and write so others can understand it. This however difficult the subject might be. Simple is often difficult but it has become my aim. 

Why use words that are seldom used. To impress, to show people how clever you are? My view is that clear, well written language is both beautiful and important. If you really want to communicate that is.

War and Peace? Not for me. Diarrhoea of words, to say it not very elegant. Yes, impressive enough.

Writing to communicate, to connect, is what I am after. My struggle is about putting into words that what we perhaps all struggle to put into words. 

Bob Dylan 

Bob Dylan 

Bob Dylan is upsetting folk and it makes me chuckle. 

The man has been awarded the Nobel price for literature, and that in itself has been enough to kick-off heated discussions all over the media. To top it all now another wave of opinions hits us, because, a member of the price awarding committee has proclaimed how impolite and arrogant Dylan’s silence is; having received this greatest of accolades.

Dylan has been kicking and challenging the establishment for well over fifty years now.This does not mean he is not secretly part of it. What does one expect of him, now the establishment wants to embrace him in the most official way thinkable. 

My approach would be to accept the price, give a blistering speech about all that is wrong with the world and, since no need for it myself, give the money to victims of war. Enough choice.

Dylan, the myth, for sure is enjoying himself right now