Writing The Word

Writing The Word

Writing is a word we use very strangely.

For example, if somebody asks me what I’m doing when I’m working on my novel, I’ll say, “I’m writing.” But if I’m writing notes on characters in To Kill A Mockingbird, I say, “I’m revising.” Even though, when I was writing notes, I was using a pen and paper, and when I was working on my novel I was in fact typing.

We define a writer as anyone who writes, but the act of writing doesn’t mean anybody who picks up a pen and forms a word. It’s anybody who writes stories or poems or books.

So what counts as writing? I mean, does it count as writing to scrawl down a journal entry every week or so? Would that make you a writer?

Most of the time we type our novels, yet we still say we’re “writers”, because it makes us sound like we’ve got a proper job.

So here is my question for you: what counts as writing, and what makes a person a writer?

3 thoughts on “Writing The Word

  1. Hm. Interesting musing, that. I guess I’d define a writer as someone who, like you said, writes stories or poems or books. Some people write for themselves, of course, but I think you can call someone a writer when they write something for someone else to read. If you’re writing a journal, that’s for you, and while it’s definitely the act of writing, it doesn’t necessarily make you a writer. A writer is someone who cares about the crafting of words, not just keeping a diary for themselves, you know? That would be my take on it, anyway. :)

  2. Hmm, indeed, an interesting musing point there. Personally I’d say any “writer” is a person who writes for writing’s sake, rather than writing for a purpose … as in, writing to enjoy it, rather than to record information to revise, or catalogue events etc. Vague, but it makes sense to me xD

  3. You need to clarify a couple of things. First of all, are we talking about writing as it’s defined in the dictionary? Writing would be the act of making words out of something tangible. Thus, if you are literate, you are a writer. Easy peasy.
    Now, a writer as it’s defined nowadays is different. A writer is someone who has ideas, creative and independent ideas, and is able to put them into words. The ideas might be stories, they might be rhyming couplets, they might be ideas for the comprehensive documentation of stock exchange. Whatever it is, if you can put your ideas into words, you’re a writer. This puts you apart from orators, actors, composers, and more. It’s a form of expression heavily dependent on writing.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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