What is the real purpose of writing

WRITING Why a fountain pen and grandma's typewriter free our minds.

By Katharina Moosbach

“I never travel without my diary. You should always have something exciting to read with you. "

The famous writer Oscar Wilde hits the nail on the head. Anyone who picks up their diary years later and reads what moved one in the past will be fascinated, disturbed, disillusioned - but at the same time one experiences an adventure.

We write every day: e-mails on the tablet, shopping lists on the mobile phone and notes in the corresponding app. Thanks to smartphones and the like, we no longer do small typing by hand.

For me, writing on paper is real writing. When I write on the PC, as I do now, I feel a little watched. Maybe because someone is always reading in my head. My professor. Or right now you out there. True, intimate writing happens between me, the piece of paper, my favorite fountain pen - and, most recently, on my dear Granny's old electric typewriter.

The soothing hum, the somewhat dusty smell and the noises of the keys helped me out of my last writing crisis. I have the feeling that this pretty little machine is looking at me and whispering: "Please tell me something".

I've never really written a journal, but for some time now I've been taking at least ten minutes every day to sit down and write whatever comes to mind. When we put thoughts on paper, we empty our insides on the pages and get to know each other a little bit better, word for word.

"Paper is silent, patient and always there."

If we put feelings into words, we can cope with them. A more distant attitude gives us a new perspective that helps to recognize connections and to put problems into perspective. The great thing is that paper is silent, patient and always there when you need it.

Many people have inhibitions. The top priority in creative writing is: Don't think! Write down what flows out of you. Don't put the pen down or read what you've written. If you can't think of anything, write: “I don't know what to write.” Write the sentence a few times, you will see: New thoughts come to you.

The first thought is the most important. Don't pay attention to spelling and grammar. What you write in your creative exercises is only for you, don't worry about writing beautifully. Play with perspective. For example, write about yourself once in the third person instead of always in the first person. You will see that you get a different view of yourself and your life. Even if you don't like writing on paper, give it a try. Or get the old typewriter from the attic. Ribbons are available in the stationery store. The big advantage over the calculator is: You are not distracted and you get a more direct reference to the writing process. And now: on the pens, get set, go!

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