What Is Writing Like For You?

For me, writing is like the world’s longest crossword puzzle, one that takes a year to complete. I like playing with words, finding their rhythm, and getting them to behave the way I want. I like being able to take those words and create ideas, characters, and emotions. Amazing when you think about it, how we can juggle twenty-six symbols in different ways to create words, sentences, paragraphs, worlds. And what one person writes, another can read.

For you, writing is like . . .

4 Responses to “What Is Writing Like For You?”

  1. Suzanne Francis Says:

    An obsession…

    I have to do everything else I need to do first, because once I sit down at the keyboard nothing else matters. I get lost in time and space. I forget promises and appointments. I don’t see the dirt in the house or the laundry piling up.

    It is like a drug, and I am addicted.

  2. Bertram Says:

    Great answer, Suzanne. I asked an online writing group the same question, and here is a synopsis of their answers:

    Writing is uniquely human, and it brings out the divine in us. It is a mythic journey into ourselves, other lands, other minds. It is like archeology, like exorcising demons, like channeling, like performance, like a faucet. It is like having an adventure. It is breathing, a compulsion, a necessity, a reason for living. And it is like comfort food, chocolate, and cherries. But most of all, it is magic.

    Aren’t we lucky?

  3. Eric Says:

    For me it’s a fun pastime, and a much needed form of self expression. It’s a way to let all the things out of my head that I never tell anybody. There’s a lot of crazy things up there.

  4. Margay Says:

    For me, writing is like creating new life. First, you get the inkling of an idea, then you decide you really want to do it, so you take the steps to start it. Once the ideas are all mixed together and conception achieved, there is a gestation period where it grows and expands, sometimes you feel like you’re going to throw up, you have mood swings, and then you have moments of absolute bliss where nothing can bring you down and everything around you is beautiful. And finally, after this gestation period, you “give birth” to your baby; it’s done, complete, ready to go out into the world. Only then do you discover if your baby is beautiful – or not.

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