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Creating a Text – John P Matthew

What phases are involved in the creation of a text?

When a substantial idea occurs to me it occurs in what I call a cloud. The cloud includes a few images, a few words, a few thoughts (as different from words), even tunes of songs. Immediately I write it in my notebook that I carry for this purpose. Then I reconstruct it as an essay or short story or poem.

No, I don’t think there is a formula or a single idea. It’s rather a grouping of ideas, which is as nebulous as a cloud (this analogy is because it is raining here rather heavily). Then the whole tenor of the piece may change when I sit down to write it. I may change it a lot depending upon the mood I am in: cheerful, dour, bitter, etc.

The process of writing is for me something that innately wants to express me and my thoughts as the perfect written solutions to the chaos, confusion and sounds that exist around me. I have found a sanctuary in writing, and I feel for those who haven’t.

John P Matthew writes prose and poetry; he blogs at:

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