I enjoy writing texts of various kinds. Blogging, writing articles, mixed with longer texts in the form of books for example. Some reports have also been written in my various professional roles over the years. Occasionally I explore my writing by trying out new forms of texts and genres. I read different kinds of written material, a prerequisite for improving and developing my writing.
“Language affects the tonality of the text.”
Swedish is my mother tongue, and English is my second language. Interestingly, the tonality of the texts differs depending on the language I use. When writing texts in English, I transfer back to time spent in California and the vibe of San Diego, and they develop differently, i.e., getting another tonality. French is the third language and the one in which I nowadays only read texts. They take me back to the feeling experienced during years spent in Antibes, France. The fourth language is Spanish, which takes me into the Mexican mood.
“Language is more than words.”
Culture, history, perceptions, encounters with people, etc., are carried within languages. Learning a language involves so much more than learning words. Languages shape thoughts and behavior, and In everyday life, this becomes clear when moving between subjects, professional roles, and workplaces. Even within countries, language may differ in different settings, such as between big cities and small towns. And may also be experienced in nearby neighborhoods, where there may be different cultures and local vocabularies. And with a better understanding of this complexity and interconnectedness, communication skills may improve for the better.
“Enjoying the mix.”
It’s nice to mix languages, language styles, ways of expression, and content. The enjoyment also includes mixing different formats, length of texts, and language pace. By doing so, I’m exploring and developing my writing skills and myself. The endless possibility of mixing and varying the texts gives free rein to creativity. The feeling that I never know what the result will be feels like being on an adventure of discovery, a text safari that can turn into anything.
“When I get a book idea, remind me that I promised never to write another book.”
That is what I’ve said after every book. That never happens, because in the end I sit in front of the computer and books write themselves anyway, no matter what I think. So I just let my fingers play freely over the keys. Many long masses of text are written, reworded, deleted, swapped, and moved before everything finally falls into place. When the text editing consists of moving commas and periods, I know the text is complete.
“My next book.”
So there I was again, compiling and developing the material for the next book. A text about that, in confident self-leadership leading others to lead themselves based on the present situation: you can follow the book’s development here on the blog, and please let me know your thoughts, tips, and topics you relate to.
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