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01. What is writing?

Parent: [[Chapters]]

"If eyes are the window to the soul then writing is the door to the mind." - Opportunity
"Writing is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get." - Opportunity (Apologies to Forest Gump)
- "Success or failure will depend on their capacity to distill the complex, the confusing, the intricate, the beautiful." - What is a writer?

# What is a writer (post) {{}}

At its most basic it's just putting words on the page (physical or digital)

  • it is communication, with yourself or others
  • it is a tool, functional or expressive
  • it can be entertainment or punishment
  • it can be the embodiment of self

Look for quotes from writers on what writing is (or is to them)

The famous Hemingway quote:

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

The author Richard Peck:

"Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother."

I would disagree. Blogs are the counterpoint to this argument. Most "writers" would not consider blogging to be writing.

Even in literature, writing is putting yourself into the work.

Writing is hard work, all writers agree on that. Many, however, will say that there is no magic involved and others still denounce inspiration.

Thomas Mann - "A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."

How long does something have to be to be considered writing?

Do we need to separate the physical act from the more esoteric pastime? We can all write (a tweet, a shopping list, the greeting in a birthday card) but is it really writing?

(Probably not include here) Lloyd Alexander: "Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it."

Replace "fantasy" with just "writing" - that is exactly how I felt about the Write365 project. The only problem was that understanding it was a double-edged sword.

# "The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you're walking down the street naked exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself, that's the moment you may be starting to get it right" - Neil Gaiman.

# "What we write, what we are willing to put into words and form sentences, is our personal philosophy, our own personal truth, whether we realise it or not."

# The wisdom of age - "...we should never have writer's block, should never be stuck for something to say. If only we told our own stories." - Look at whole of this post.

# Equations:

Do you remember doing equations at school and you used to get marks for showing your working out. Sometimes you didn't get the right answer but the teacher could see if you had made a stupid mistake or genuinely didn't understand how to solve it.

Sometimes writing feels like doing equations and that I am being rewarded for my working out, that it's not just the answer that matters but how I got there.

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