Why does it have to be so structured?

Trees in Pier Park, Portland, Ore.

Why not just write it how I think? It doesn’t necessarily mean something full of typos that makes no sense, just free from the restrictive formatting into which I try to force my thought process.

Of the many things I learned in my university studies — graphic design, photography, and most recently, communication — is that we have three basic forms of language. Spoken language, written language and the language of thought; translating one to the other always changed the idea or information.

Sometimes it enhances it, makes it more clear; other times it makes it stilted or through a convoluted process of confining the ideas to artificial containers, the message gets lost. The writing is a translation of what I was thinking, and as long as I can express what I meant to say, the formatting should match the message.

I’ve lost many ideas, contaminated them with the process of forcing them into obedience behind the grammatical and style artifice.

So, why does it have to be so structured?

It doesn’t.

--

--

--

I'm immortal and I will take over the world. Burner, photographer, bike rider, adventurer, grouchy. https://www.brianmcgloin.com

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

A Fictional Love Story From Real Life

An Update on September Writing Challenge

2020 Ways for Victorious Writing in 2020

Should I Be Writing For Money?

10 Writing Hacks That Helped Me to Earn 10 Curations on Medium in a Month

My (Overdue) September Writing Challenge Recap

Write And Earn: How To Make Money With Writing

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Brian McGloin

Brian McGloin

I'm immortal and I will take over the world. Burner, photographer, bike rider, adventurer, grouchy. https://www.brianmcgloin.com

More from Medium

Sudden Sadness (Last week’s wave) Why do we experience it? How to prepare for it? How to manage it?

About Time

A hint of double-faced personalities — be aware of them!

My 3 Favourite Tools For Reading Online