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What Is Writing?
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What Is Writing?
My view on writing.
I'm 19 years old, a student.
What Is Writing?
It's already 10PM and I'm sitting in a cafe alone writing.The light is dim and I have to strain my eyes.
The guy behind the counter is watching me languidly.His jaws are constanly moving as if he's going to spit out,but he doesn't.
Living in New York is much like writing in a complete darkness,scribbling without even seeing the pad.It gives you a funny feeling of disorientation,you are lost in the crowd,you are one with it and you don't know wheather it's you or them who is walking down the street,drinking coffee and reading papers.
The desire to write always takes you by surprise,it's not like breathing as someone said,it's more like yawning-not so essential,but you can't help it sometimes.
Everyone who has ever written something knows what inspiration is like.I think it's a delusion that the thing which makes you write is love or hate or your ideas.All the writers just experience inspiration,which overflows them and they have an urge to describe the feeling to others.Shakespear's inspiration is just the same as yours,only you may fail to find the right words.The main point of literature is explaining what inspiration is.Different styles and genres are just different approaches to solving this task.
And writing is a strange thing.You have nothing to say,but want to be heard desperately.
Writing your first thing isn't as easy as it seems.You can't come up to a piano and play it,if you have never tried it before.That's just the way with writing.
And writing your second story is even harder,because at first you had no one to dissapoint,but yourself and your second piece must live up to expectations of both those who liked your first one and those who didn't.
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"It resonates. I feel akin to what he feels about writing. It's " -- M. Bradley McCauley, Gainesville, FL, USA.
"Jim, you say it as it is and is a great reflection on just what writing is. I liked your style..I could imagine myself in beautiful New York with all the hubbub and me sitting to myself writing down my precious words. " -- dorothy.
"Don't take this personally, but I have to disagree with your basic interpretation of what writing is, as you put it. I think most people write, first of all, because they enjoy writing, and also because they do have something to say. The difference is in their expression of what they are saying. Some have a gift of conveying a simple idea or thought in an unusual or masterful way. Others may have a profound or ingenious idea, yet fail in their attempt to express it artistically. " -- Richard.
"I agree about how the inspiration comes but I disagree about not having nothing to say. WE DO HAVE A LOT to say, that's why we write down. It is a way to pour our our souls and sometimes a way we find to go beyond the hurt, the despair, to easy our pain. I just have a passion for writing. I am a writer and I could say it is MY LIFE!!! " -- adriana, sao jose dos campos , sp, brazil.
"Oh no, Adrianna! You may think all of us who write have something to say. Each of us who write MAY FEEL WE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY but the readers ultimately determine whether or not we do. Depending upon your audience, some will agree that you do have something to say and others will be unimpressed and ignore your writing, for the most part. Amyone can jot down their thoughts on paper in prose or poetry form. This does not make them a writer. Many are wasting their time and the time of others who would read these utterings. A passion for writing should be unselfish in the sense that you want to share your thoughts with others by enlightening or entertaining them and allowing them to feel your emotion and artistry. If you write only to relieve your pain or despair you are being selfish and the writing serves only your self-interest. Having a passion to write, as you call it, is not enough." -- Richard.
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