Free And Wild Words: Colette on the Obsessive Joys of Writing By Hand

“There is a tired spirit deep inside of me that still continues its gourmet’s quest for a better word, and then for a better one still.”

Gavin Lamb, PhD
Nov 24, 2020 · 5 min read
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Colette (perhaps 1920s). By Henri Manuel on Wikimedia Commons (public domain).
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Photographie de Colette, 1910, author unknown on Wikimedia Commons (public domain)
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The Moulin Rouge, Paris 1914 before the 1915 fire, in Autochrome Lumière color. By Albert Kahn on Wikimedia Commons (public domain).

Colette on the joys (and pains) of writing by hand

1. On the meaning of writing

2. On the obsession of writing

3. On the strange feeling after being overtaken by a bout of inspiration

4. On “the impatient god who guides” the hand struggling to write fast enough

Colette on the Landscape of Human Experience

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Colette. By Henri Manuel on Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

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Gavin Lamb, PhD

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I’m a researcher and writer in ecolinguistics and environmental communication. Get my weekly digest of nature writing ideas/tools: https://wildones.substack.com

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I’m a researcher and writer in ecolinguistics and environmental communication. Get my weekly digest of nature writing ideas/tools: https://wildones.substack.com

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