i can’t draw pretty things but i can now write pretty words


i thought it’s a dying art. i was wrong. nowadays, it seems like everyone’s taking up interest on calligraphy. and i just jumped on the bandwagon.

i’m on week 2 now.

2 weeks of re-learning how to painstakingly write every letter and every systematic stroke.

i feel like a child again. but then again, i was always that kid who was asking my mom how to write and/or spell this word and that. i’ve always loved writing so might as well improve my penmanship while i’m at it.

as geeky as i am about to sound, i find calligraphy very therapeutic. it’s the equivalent of watching fishes in the aquarium for ADHD kids. it literally shuts my mind up. mainly because majority of the time i’m too focused on making sure that each and every letter is perfectly written, according to how it should be written. so while it treats my existing psychiatric disorders, it creates another one: OCD.

you win some, you lose some.

while calligraphy is striving for perfection, it’s very forgiving to mistakes. and trust me, there are a lot of mistakes. i find myself congratulating and berating myself with every other letter because just when i nail one, i fuck up the next. it’s a cycle that goes on and on and i’m starting to feel okay with that. as long as i’m learning in the process, then it’s all good. =)

2 thoughts on “i can’t draw pretty things but i can now write pretty words

  1. I dunno…I’ve always wanted to write a novel, and I’ve felt that joining a creative writing workshop will boost my writing ability. But as the years passed, I also felt that need that being creative means I have to express your style without the restrictions of traditional creative writing.

    Do you think I should join one if ever naay creative writing workshop diri sa Cebu?

    1. yeah, why not? just to see for yourself if you’d like it or not.

      i feel the same way too about needing to express my creativity minus the technicalities that come with writing. i mean, yeah, i have heaps of grammatical errors here and there but at the end of every post, i know it’s my own voice reflected in every word.

      you’re really good with writing already, creative writing workshop or not. you already have it in you. =)

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