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More Conversation about How and Why Writers Write . . .

Writer Our current conversation began on July 18th

Conversation posts are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays…

It takes at least one reader comment to continue the discussion; and, there were three responses to the beginning of this conversation—three authors—one from the United Kingdom, one from Germany, one from Australia; and, for newcomers (and, because I began this conversation…), I’m from the U.S.A.

Here’s the comment from the author in the U.K.:

“Why do I write? To communicate ideas.
“How do I write? In spurts—when inspired to do so.
“Why do I write in these conversations? Because I miss being with fellow teachers and children who want to learn.
“Thanks Alexander.”

Again, for those new to this blog, I’m Alexander; and, if there were a way to actually measure it, I feel I have tons more thanks for the folks who step out of their day-to-day lives and commit themselves to create a comment to any of my posts…

Now, the author from Germany:

“For me writing is a way of explaining the world to myself. After the something I call ‘story’ has fermented long enough inside, it wants out. That is when I start writing. After a writing session, I read through my text; and, then, discover what has come out. There is the story, and there are the glittering facets that contain the whys and hows.”

And, the author from Australia:

“For me, creative writing is something I have always done since I learned to write. I do know my first piece of writing of importance was created when I was seven; and, from then on, I used writing as an outlet. Here’s some advice, don’t leave your first critical missive lying around for your mother to read if it is not complementary :-)

“Why am I still writing? I guess I am still trying to sort out my feelings…”

All those comments were from women—one who writes to communicate ideas, one who writes to explain the world to herself; and, one who writes to sort out her feelings…

As far as the How of their writing, one writes in spurts, one sees the how within the written story; and, one, if my inference is right, sees the how of writing as permitting an outlet to form…

I have a wish

My wish is directed primarily to those three female authors who shared their comments on the last post of this conversation; but, also, to any other writers reading this post… :-)

Please let me know, at some level of depth, how the craft of writing occurs for you…

Not, perhaps, in the form of a “how-to”; but, in the form of the feelings that carry the writing to the page—the motivational urgings that form the words—the play of the soul that creates the message…
If you don’t see a way to comment, try the link at the upper right of this post…

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7 responses to “More Conversation about How and Why Writers Write . . .

  1. martinaseveckepohlen July 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I’m not sure if understand your wishes, Alex. Let’s see…
    I remember that I was several times angry. In one case I watched a documentary and I thought, ‘That is not the whole truth. It’s a strand of truth, but other strands are never mentioned. This is too easy.’ Shortly afterwards I started on what was to become my first published novel.
    When I look at my manuscripts, I think there was always a feeling that I had to find a different angle, that the obvious could not explain… When I write, I don’t notice much about my surroundings. I write until I come to a natural stop. And, when I reread what I have written I’m often surprised.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    You did understand my wishes, Martina :-)

    The conversation continues on Monday (thanks to you…)………


  3. Jane Watson July 23, 2018 at 6:31 am

    I think it’s very hard to define what ‘feelings’ carry my writing to the page. Generally speaking, it has to do with how I feel about a particular image and as time goes on that image comes to represent something metaphoric in my writing. This usually emerges slowly; and, as I feel that a certain image resonates for me, I’ll search around and examine other images that connect with it….But, it’s hard to analyse because, usually, the message I want to express only becomes clear to me as I see the metaphors developing. In that sense my writing is a journey and a discovery.


  4. Alexander M Zoltai July 23, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Well, Jane, just recently got up and was very happy to see that you’d responded to my wish :-)

    As soon as I wake fully up, the conversation will continue………


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