Our last post explored the meaning of the word “write” and attempted to establish a wider use of the activity—“…we all write our lives for others to read.”
One thing writers can tell you is that the craft/art of writing has much more to it than putting words on paper/screen.
First, the idea for the written piece needs to happen—sometimes coming out of the blue, sometimes the result of personal training in fetching ideas from the depths of the unconscious mind.
And, if we are all “writers”, we all receive or fetch ideas that we then want to express.
Here’s another quote from the last post: “…the word “write” came from roots that meant ‘carve, scratch, and cut‘.”
So, expressing an idea in “writing” can have many forms other than words in a book…
Then, there are the organizing and editing tasks of the writer—putting ideas in order, changing the order, realizing that certain ideas beg for more ideas to fulfill them, sharing the composition of ideas with a few trusted others to see if the project is progressing properly, retreating back into the privacy of the mind to ponder the flow of the effort to Express—have you done some or all of these activities then expressed the result, in words or other creative action?
I feel the expression of creatively-ordered ideas, no matter the vehicle of expression, is “writing”.
If a writer can “paint” images in our minds with words, why can’t a painter “write” feelings in our heart?
Why can’t the mother “write” life lessons with her daily behavior that her child can “read”?
Why can’t the inspirational speaker “write” hidden messages in the minds of their audience that later “paint” vivid meanings they can apply in resolving life issues?
Why do the corporations “write” so many messages into their advertising calculated to “read” themselves to us over and over and over?
Why do addicts “write” plays with their drugs which compel them to “read” a script that kills them?
How do children so easily “write” love songs in our hearts?
We can “read” omens in the skies and threats in a glance. We can “write” prescriptions for failure with our actions. We can “author” a memorable experience for others.
We can even use those slippery entities called words to re-create our understanding of words themselves :-)
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