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Write with blood

ax“Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood. Write with blood, and thou wilt find that blood is spirit.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Good writing isn’t about saying what has never been said, but about having the audacity to speak one’s truth as if it were necessary for audiences to hear it in the writer’s own unique voice.

Authenticity, not originality, must be the writer’s first priority.

The willingness to say what one’s soul compels him to say, without fear of being condemned by literary precedent, is not only a paradoxical path to offering the reader a novel experience, but it is also the only disposition that makes an utterance capable of being heard at all.

The signature of the writer is not found in the uncommon juxtaposition of words, but in the intensity, the presence, the conviction, and the honesty that bleeds through the spaces between his words.

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  1. First-rate. Anything worthwhile is worth repeating—in one’s own unique voice.
    “Authenticity, not originality, must be the writer’s first priority.” And perhaps
    authenticity is originality. We read similar themes in different books and still
    find the writer/s words refreshing due to “the honesty that bleeds through the
    spaces between their words.”

    Each generation needs reminders of what came before.

    Quotes are an example of reiterating the distilled wisdom of a culture deserving
    of one’s attention and repetition.

    Read the “Can Architecture Make us More Creative?” post. Excellent. Fitting
    that he’s using the light bulb motif. Modular ideas in modular building spaces.
    Peripatetic versus antiseptic. Bldg 20. Believe Intel started that way in an old
    bldg.., what became the crucible for silicon valley. “Knowledge spillover” as
    Jane Jacobs called it. (Love her books.)

    And I’ve been increasingly awed with the sharing of information that the modern
    Internet provides: The “Historic Increase in Connectivity” as Johnson aptly puts
    it. Boy! Hook that up with Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “The Most Astounding Fact of
    the Universe” and we’re in the company of mankind. From microchips to galaxies.

    1. First-rate. Anything worthwhile is worth repeating—in one’s own unique voice.
      “Authenticity, not originality, must be the writer’s first priority.” And perhaps
      authenticity is originality. We read similar themes in different books and still
      find the writer/s words refreshing due to “the honesty that bleeds through the
      spaces between their words.”

      You are absolutely right! It’s almost as if the originality comes from the energy of the one who one delivers the message.

      The architecture article was fascinating, right? I’m really digging this topic right now—the relationship between the spaces we inhabit and the states of consciousness we slip in and out of in relation to those spaces. I just ordered Alan de Botton’s Archictect of Happiness and am eager to delve more into this topic. I am also blown away by the works of Christopher Alexander and would really love to set aside just a few months to dig into his stuff. Oh gosh…more books than can be read in a lifetime. I need to add Jane Jacobs to the list as well. Any works you’d like to recommend?

      The “Historic Increase in Connectivity” as Johnson aptly puts
      it. Boy! Hook that up with Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “The Most Astounding Fact of
      the Universe” and we’re in the company of mankind. From microchips to galaxies.

      It takes my breathe away just to imagine the possibilities 🙂

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