Solitude: Why I love to Write, Part 1

I spend too much time complaining about writing instead of sharing its joys. Yes, writing is a gruelling task but because sitting in front of the computer and writing can be rewarding, the next few posts will celebrate writing and focus on its joys and benefits.

Let’s start with solitude. It’s good to spend time alone, to sit at a table, whether in an elegant, light-filled study or the local cafe, and relax, breathe, play with different methods of ordering and recording one’s thoughts and experience the thrill of catching an image, emotion or character. Writing is a way to listen deeply to the self and to the messages life scatters along our path: what to make of that recent dinner party? Why did that person behave so strangely? What were the elderly couple on the bus whispering to each other? Writing is a way to sift through the feelings, images and conversations of each day and share them with the page and maybe a reader or two.

William Wordsworth once wrote:

When from our better selves we have too long
been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
how gracious, how benign, is solitude.

‘The Prelude’, from Book IV “Summer Vacation”

The opportunity to write in solitude (even in a busy cafe) is a double blessing, and one of the many joys of writing.

6 thoughts on “Solitude: Why I love to Write, Part 1

  1. Oh yes, yes! Love that quote. Not heard it before. And while I think solitude is probably one of the most essential ingredients for wellness-writing, you also mentioned another — PLAY! I believe at it’s depths writing is just that. Doesn’t mean it’s not full of all kinds of emotions from love to hate, but it should give us the freedom to “play” with those emotions. Carl Jung said, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” For so many of us that means words. I love your writing, Janet. It’s very lyrical. 😀


  2. I’m so glad that you still share Elixir
    This is one great example of why. It strikes a chord , informs as well as setting us off down other paths of thought – a little nugget to chew on during the writing week. Thank you, for still taking the time, Janet.


    1. Ahh, Brenda … thank YOU for reading and commenting all the way from your homeland. I hope the trip is going as well as can be expected. Take care, and thank you, Janet


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