Deepening Your Writing Roots

Style. Structure. Grammar. handwriting...
Want to improve? Want to impress? Read and study someone's work from the 1700s or 1800s. They knew how to observe and express - in writing - everything from Town Meetings to the dew on the morning grass.

From Town Histories to the Declaration of Independence, from Fyodor Dostoyevsky to Victor Hugo, Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, King Rama II, Cao Xeuqin, René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (who also invented an alcohol based thermometer), Wei Yaun, and so many more among poets, mystics, scholars, philosophers, advocates, critics, novelists, writers, explorers, dramatists, hymn and song writers...

If you're fortunate, you may also read or reread personal letters from someone in your family tree, sit down family logs on a lazy day, and reach out with your wonderful imagination and correspond with anyone from that time period.

The canvas is enormous, and they all had this in common; the digital age along with its abbreviations, spelling anomalies, drive through editing and dismissal of handwriting and the relationship with pen and paper was hundreds of years away.

Culturally, an education in penmanship was paramount, as was the education in reading, writing (arithmetic) and grammar. They lived in the midst of classics, and had an intimate and very different relationship with wordsmithing and the art of communication.

Immerse yourself like you're learning a different language.

You'll change. You'll slow down. You'll rekindle a relationship that has gradually diminished to a point of extreme rarity in today's writing.

You'll stretch back, nourish the now, and improve the impact your writing has in the future.
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