The Art of Writing

Why do people write? There are many answers.

Usually it is to communicate, to inform, to entertain, and to express oneself.

For journalists, it is work. Now in cyberspace, it's business.

Writing is fun, but more serious writing is a tedious process. It can be teaching, too, like talking. Prints and documents make writing more valuable than spoken.

A general rule in writing that can apply to anyone is to write from the heart and the mind. It sounds cliché, but writing is best described basically as this. Professional writers, teachers, researchers, scholars, philosophers, and book authors, among others, have their own discipline and writing style.

For the more serious writers, writing is something that couldn't be controlled, and nothing gets in between the writing prompts. The power of writing itself transforms the writer into a being more than himself. In the process of creation, nothing could come between the writer and his work - not even rules, not money, not fear – but truth in the piece of work.

In fiction are imagined characters, where the writer creates breathing characters. In nonfiction, the writer unleashes thoughts and shows the world life.

According to George Orwell there are four great motives of writing: sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. “All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives, there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of painful illness. One would never understand such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can never resist or understand.”

Moreover, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke points, “Works of art are of infinite solitude, only love can touch and hold them.”

Enigma, enchantment, knowledge are why we write. In each his own writing world, we write because there is something to say.

The art of writing is the desire to insert oneself into history of words and make something beautiful to read.

Rose Flores – Martinez
June 14, 2009

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