The Impact of Physicality on Language: An Analysis by Helen Sword

As a writer, I know the physical pain that can come with spending hours at a desk. But I’ve also learned to trust my body’s wisdom and use it to my advantage. When I take breaks to stretch, dance, and take Freddie for a walk, my writing benefits. Writing and thinking are fundamentally physical acts, and it’s important to remember that our bodies are not just transportation devices for our brains.

When we invite our bodies into our writing process as collaborators, teachers, and friends, physical pleasure can provide a fast track to pleasure in writing. We can pay attention to our posture, keyboarding, and other writing-related movement, or we can exercise, stretch, and move before and after writing. We can also pay attention to the physicality of language itself.

Marcel Proust’s famous “madeleine moment” demonstrates the power of sensory experience to stir our own memories and the power of sensory language to stir our readers’ emotions. Writers like Marissa, Peta-Anne, and Isadora have all found pleasure in their writing environments, whether it be through soft music, scented oil, or the colors of sea and sky.

When we take the time to notice the sights, sounds, and smells that infuse our scene of writing, we deepen our own enjoyment of the process. Writing can be a feast for the senses, whether it’s the smell of soup cooking in a suburban kitchen or the sights and smells of a hospital emergency room. Attention to sensory experience can provide a triple whammy of writing-related pleasure: for ourselves, for our craft, and for our readers.

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Discover the Most Influential Spiritual Texts from Around the World and Learn Valuable Life Lessons.

http://www.bookroomreviews.comThe Top Religious Texts From Around the World Teach Us These Valuable Lessons About Life The top-selling books of an era offer a peek into what people of that time are seeking. The popularity of self-help and relationship books today shows that people crave understanding of themselves, rules for living, and deeper connections with others. […]…

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Jacob Crawford’s Novel “The Shadows”: A Tale of Mystery and Adventure

The First Book of the Dark Sentinels Series Roz and her friends are on a ghost hunt, only to end up finding more than they bargained for—is it ghosts, aliens…or…both? Roz, who is hoping for a fresh start in Las Vegas with her father, encounters ghosts that seem to be haunting her home and rearranging … The author’s novel The Shadow Read More »…

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Exploring Welsh Literature and Culture Through #ReadingWales

Owen Sheers: The Gospel of Us, Seren Books, 2012. I wanted to take part for the first time ever in the #ReadingWales (aka #Dewithon) reading event in March hosted by Paula the Book Jotter, in which book lovers from all parts of the world are encouraged to read, discuss and review literature by and about … Continue reading #ReadingWales: The Gospel of Us by Owen Sheers…

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Mary Kelly’s Murder: Examining the Tragic Death of a Young Woman

A year or so ago, I read and loved Due to a Death, a brooding psychological mystery by the English crime writer Mary Kelly. The Spoilt Kill was published a year before Due to a Death, and it shares something of the same mood – a doomed, fatalistic tone that runs through the book. In […]…

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’sComparing the Features of Kindle and Tablet Screens

For people that are new to Kindles and ereaders in general they often have questions about how the screen is different than other types of screens on phones, tablets, and TVs. Amazon doesn’t help matters any by never actually calling the screens what they are like other companies do; their marketing department tries to make […]The post How a Kindle’s Screen is Different From a Tablet first appeared on The eBook Reader Blog…….

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Review of Philip Roth’s Novel “The Plot Against America”

by Susan: This is the second time around reading. The first time I didn’t understand the connection with Lindberg until after I learned my history. The book is terrifying, unbelievable our country underground wanted Nazism to spread through the United States. Some of these events were actually true. Lindberg becoming president didn’t happen.This actually is an important book to read. Even though it is a novel. If you end up reading the book. Do some research on the 1940’s and Nazism…

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