Robert Birming

The bubbling writing nerve

I listened to an interview with the Swedish artist Klara Andersson. When asked how she writes, she replied that she "just writes" – on her mobile phone, on paper... Then she says:

I try to limit it as little as possible. You feel the writing nerve bubbling – and then you write and then you get to see what it turns out to be.

So true! I recognize myself in that 100 percent.

It's only recently that I realized how vital writing is for me. It doesn't matter if it's in the form of a diary or a blog or just a few words on a piece of paper that's later thrown away.

How and why we write varies from person to person, but most people would probably agree that there is a feeling of emptiness and incompleteness if we put it aside. It's as if something is missing, like a sentence that's all of a sud

I stopped writing for a couple of years during a difficult period in my life. Incredibly stupid! It would have been a great, important and insightful "penpal" to have by my side then.

Now I don't dare to take chances, so I write every day instead. Incredibly liberating! Mostly in Swedish, sometimes in English. It doesn't matter if it's long or short, deep or shallow, fact or fiction - just something, even if it's only a single sentence.

I will continue with that. You can write that down! ✍️