Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Writing Is A Messy Business

Like the average writer, I paint pictures with words.

Which, when put like that, seems like the wrong thing to do. For if I want to paint, isn’t it better to use a brush?

But if I express my point by smearing colours on a canvas, I’d have to fill many canvas’. Whereas if I break down my idea with words, I only have to fill one.

To write is to give up accuracy in exchange for speed.

Even if I was content communicating at the pace of a turtle, more direct ways of telling—such as graphic novels, animated films or movies—still can’t catch the idea that lives in my mind.

Ideas aren’t only elusive, but our means of snatching them are poor.

Which is not just a storyteller’s problem, but a people problem.

Part of the reason life seems problematic, is because we’re trying to explain it in words.

If words are like nets, life is goo—catch it in a web and it wriggles its way through.

In other words: the world is too complex to be pinned down by words.

Knowing that reality is worlds apart from the realm of words gives writers room to play—or paint.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach