Writing

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What is the point in writing if 'anyone' can do it?

Submitted: July 12, 2017

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Writing

A few days ago I was told, ‘I’m not wanting to put you down or anything, but let’s face it. Anyone who has been to school long enough to learn to read and write could do what you do.’ They went on to qualify this by saying they had a great deal of respect for someone who could write a long novel, or series of novels, but short stories, poems....... nah!

A comparison was then made between the skill it would take to write a computer games program, to create a really detailed piece of art, an animated cartoon, or even a film. As you can probably imagine, I was rather taken aback by this remark, if not totally offended. And I am sure many of you would share my feelings.

It is certainly true that most people can write, should they wish to. And with spell-checks so easily available you do not even have to be able to spell. It doesn’t change the fact that most people do not chose to ‘create’ with words, and is that not what the art of writing is all about?

We aim to create a scene, a snapshot, even an emotional experience, just as people do with art, music, film etc. And to do so with just the basic form of human communication, words, has got to be something worth striving for, surely.

When I read books, which I do a lot, I always read the ‘Acknowledgements’. They nearly all say something along the lines of ‘Thank you to my family for their encouragement and support.’ At best, I get indifference, but there is plenty of ridicule and snide remarks there too.

I don’t write because I think I am some fantastic author. I don’t write because I think I can make money from it – on the contrary, I expect to never make a cent. I don’t write because I think that I am in any way superior to anyone else. Anyone who has read my interview with Dr. Acula will know that I write to try to make sense of the world. But most of all, I write because I want to. To me writing is just as creative, and as worthwhile an activity as any other art form.


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