A writer is not merely a talented person with words or even one who speaks eloquently; a writer is a chameleon and an illusionist of human communication. One who writes whether for love, or a living, or both is a gifted human being whose view of the universe is that of a kaleidoscope. The direction is ever-changing and always unique. This view, accompanied by mindfulness of culture, language, non-verbal cues, emotional and physical expression, and empathy, allows this individual to observe, listen, and record. Writers understand how to skillfully labor through imagination, glean from life, and create something brand new. Using one’s gifts and abilities to build stone by stone bridges and foundations of connection between people is one of the great intentions of written communication.
Merriam-Webster defines communication as “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior.” Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Communication. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved August 10, 2020, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communication. The delivery of ideas, thoughts, emotions and absolute truths from one person to another is the surface of communication and the very soil the writer searches for buried treasure. To put into words the message that must go forth, perfect it, and send it out is to trust that the receiver will understand it.
It can be said that written communication is priceless. Many pieces of robust documentation are so tremendous and valuable that humanity cannot attach a price tag. Culturally these written documents are preserved and stored due to their significance. When a writer puts something down in word form, we are sure this information is worthy of being read and understood by others. If the piece is private such as a diary or journal, that person may be saying these thoughts need recording for reflection. One cannot discount the value of written communication. What one thinks, feels, experiences, and learns should come alive in the written word and be available for sharing.
The message’s delivery must be pretty straightforward and presented in an appropriately expressive form to communicate effectively through writing. When a person reads a particular piece, they seek to be informed, educated, entertained, emotionally touched, or somehow connected. People need emotional and social intimacy, so when they are affected by what a writer presents, it can be very personal. To experience a connection with what a written piece offers is one of the many reasons people pursue reading for pleasure. An individual can redefine a single moment in time, reinvent their day, or discover a whole new world of possibilities. There is no limit to the imagination or the power of suggestion when individuals are fully engaged in what they are experiencing.
The writer writes for this reason; to touch that place deep inside the reader and connect with them. What the writer is doing by performing their craft is inviting all to come, read, learn, understand, and be open to the enlightening and unknown. This invitation is not an easy one for every writer to propose. When a person of the arts steps out and presents their work for the world, it is anxiety and hopefulness beyond comparison. There is a purpose to the art of writing, and when that purpose manifests itself, there is no greater satisfaction. To have one’s work go out and return void is disheartening and disappointing. Writers must learn to overcome many levels of disappointment and even rejection; it teaches and strengthens the inner person. All artists know that they do not know everything, and there is always much to learn.
There is an appropriate quote that has looked many writers in the eyes and stated the truth perfectly. “To be a serious writer requires discipline that is iron-fisted. It’s sitting down and doing it whether you think you have it in you or not. Everyday. Alone. Without interruption.” -Harper Lee
The writer, like all other hopeful professionals, must be disciplined and self-controlled. Writing requires hours of practice and commitment. The level of dedication to the art of writing is worthy of acknowledgment. One does not take lightly the amount of “self” invested in this art of communication. The writer’s labor happens with passion, meticulous focus, and with intent. Perhaps the project is not always a labor of love but connecting with people, understanding, and being understood. This communication act cannot happen through artificial intelligence or preprogrammed applications; it requires a soul, a human soul. Technology will always have its place and be ever-transforming lives and improving the way humans function, but many gifts and talents will always be best enjoyed and understood when experienced through the human spirit. The authentic writer is a unique individual whose imagination is perfectly imperfect and whose thoughts cannot be silenced. This gift is like a fire trapped in the bones of the untamed; it absolutely must be released. Some may wonder if writing is a dying craft and believe that books are becoming extinct. One could say this; nothing can die if it is loved and remembered. A thing cannot become extinct if it continues to exist in some form. Many tens of thousands of people who love reading and writing and treasure the beauty of every form of literature will never allow this gift to pass away.
Every writer who puts their hand to the pen is an artist. The paper, the screen, or the spoken word, is the canvas on which the artist creates. Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication and will always have a place. When moments of doubt arise as they will, the writer must remember that story inside them must come to life. The universe is the canvas, and the story needs to be heard. Tell it with every fiber of the human soul; write it!
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
–Robert Louis Stevenson