|Mountain Sky - July 2014|
Some people can make the case that talk is cheap. So by extension, the written word should then itself be free--or at least cheap. For what is a sentence if not a bunch of words strung together to make sense, in order to communicate with others?
But unlike a good (or bad) conversation between two or more people, writing occurs as a semi-one-way street where the writer makes the deliberate choice to get their own thoughts and ideas out there to engage with their potential readers in order to stir up complex thoughts and emotions; to make things matter that we otherwise would assumably gloss over in our glittery day-to-day lives.
Not that life is always glittery, but sometimes it is, and I really believe that all aspects of life are important to document, from the overtly beautiful moments of grandeur to the nuanced subtleties of the mundane. From these topics, there would indeed exist many creative interpretations of a single real or imagined life event. For instance, if a bunch of writers were given a single subject to elaborate on, each finished product would be entirely different, depending on the writer's unique perspective and writing style.
As a result, writing deeply matters because all communication--especially the written form of communication--is not created equal: some people have the gift of gab, while others possess the gift of the written word, while others possess some of each. Those who fall in-between this continuum are the luckiest, I think. But for those of us who would rather converse through the written word over face-to-face communication, the gift of writing can come naturally.
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I've also written about the writing process here.