Writing Is No Laughing Matter

I posted “The First Commandment of Writing” (Thou shalt not bore thy readers) last year, and it engendered a discussion on the importance of conflict. Several days ago, someone left a comment I thought too important to bury in an old post:

Okay guys it depends on the audience a person is appealing to on whether or not she has the right hooks or not but what do i know i am 14 and was looking stuff up about The Old Man and the Sea and this popped up but seriously, does it even matter? who cares about all this? you actually came publically to discuss this? ha! i find that almost Hilarious.

Ignoring the issues of why Google indexed an obscure comment left on my blog seven months ago, and why the commenter tried to find the antagonist of the Old Man and the Sea on the internet instead of in the book, the comment still surprised me.

What’s more important to discuss than writing?

Politics? Without writers, politicians would be speechless.

Celebrities? Without scripts and scripted sound bytes, they’d be as lumber-tongued as the rest of us.

Social ills and climate changes? Without writing, who would be aware of them?

Movies? Without writers, films would be nothing more than demolition derbies.

Music? Without writers, there would be no song.

The Internet, instant messaging, email? Without the ability to write, none of those would be of any use.

And without writers, there would be no novels, and hence no way to delve into what makes us human beings.

Hilarious? Perhaps. But it does matter.

4 Responses to “Writing Is No Laughing Matter”

  1. K.S. Clay Says:

    I completely agree! As for your list, thre’s one I’d argue with: Music. Not all music has words. But the general idea is definitely correct. Writing is an important form of communication. I think people just tend to discount it because they take it for granted. After all, remember that person could not have even posted that writing didn’t matter much if they didn’t know how to write.

  2. Bertram Says:

    You’re right, I should have specified singers. Without writers, singers would have no songs.

    I came across an interesting quote tonight that seem apropos:

    “A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann

  3. Suzanne Francis Says:

    I remember thinking I knew a lot when I was fourteen. 🙂

  4. Eric Says:

    Another poor lost soul, conditioned by popular culture to appreciate nothing but immediate and constant self-gratification.


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