”The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” – Gustave Flaubert
Yesterday I visited the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute.
Why? Two reasons.
My first reason was that for a long time i’ve time wanted to participate in a clinical study. You may have noticed a few references to clinical studies in previous posts, well there’s the reason.
The second reason I was there was to do research for the book i’m writing! Yaaay!
Unfortunately I can’t go into details about why the study is being conducted, but it’ll be published in a couple of months so i’ll be able to include it in my book.
What I can talk about is my experience and the mechanics of it. First of all I had to sign some waivers and personal information, medical history etc. They told me about what to expect and to wave in case I wanted to stop. The test was basically looking at some pictures on a computer, getting zapped by a slight electric shock and then filling out a questionnaire.
I was led into a room where they put on some wires and electrodes. And so, I was ready to go ahead! The first minutes were a breeze, I even managed to enjoy it.
But was it smooth sailing? Nope! To be honest I had to abort about 2/3 through the pictures. I got stressed, my heart started racing and I felt slightly dizzy. No danger to my health but it got to me. They told me that it’s not uncommon for people to stop the experiment. I felt more than a little peeved that I didn’t complete the visual part.
After calming down and getting a glass of water they handed me the questionnaire. As I was writing my answers I noticed a pattern and had an inkling of why I had reacted like I did. Wow, this was just what i’d been talking about with a colleague over lunch a couple of days ago. I can’t believe I didn’t see it right away.
To find out what I saw, why I reacted like that and how we can use the knowledge, well, you’ll just have to wait and see baby! =D
So here are a round of quotes about writing to finish off this post!
”Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin
”All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
”Write what you care about. If you do that, you stand the best chance of doing your best writing.” – Jerry Spinelli
”A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” – Thomas Mann
”I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.” – Paulo Coelho
”However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.” – Jean-Jaques Rousseau
”Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.”- Jorge Luis Borges
”If you really want to know yourself, start by writing a book.” – Shereen El Feki
”You want to be a writer? Start writing. You want to be a filmmaker? Start shooting stuff on your phone right now.” – Matthew McConaughey
”Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.” – Paulo Coelho
”I need to keep traveling, being a gypsy, having experiences and writing about them.” – Delta Goodrem
”I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting and trying to weed out the lumber.” – David McCullough
”Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.” – Nadine Gordimer
”Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.” – Terry Pratchett
”Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” – E.L. Doctorow
”Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyse yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it.” – Octavia Butler
”Writing is probably one-fifth coming up with the stuff, and four-fifths self-editing again and again and again.” – David Mitchell
”Writing for me is largely about rewriting.” – Khaled Hosseini
”I started writing to please myself, a story I would like to read, and that is still true.” – Jean M. Auel
”Night-time is when I brainstorm; last thing, when the family’s asleep and I’m alone, I think about the next day’s writing and plan a strategy for my assault on the blank page.” – Athol Fugard
”The whole trick is to make it feel like you’re spying on real people’s lives as they get through the day. When I’m writing, I have to trick myself as a writer. If I consciously say, ‘I’m writing,’ I feel all this pressure and somehow it doesn’t feel as real as when it doesn’t seem to count as much.” – David O. Russell
”My writing process isn’t a very organized thing.” – Chuck Palahniuk
”Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.” – Jessamyn West