Writing Is…   5 comments

Our lovely and talented Michelle, of AgentQuery Connect, has started a meme on her blog, Greenwoman. The rules of which are; for the blogger, yours truly in this case, to provide a single phrase starting with “Writing is like…” and finishing the phrase, then tag three other bloggers to do the same and post it to their blog. AQC’s equally lovely, talented, (and often snarky), Riley Redgate tagged me through her blog, In The Jungle. (Both of which are listed to your left and well worth checking out.)

Being that I’ve never been very good a rules, (I was the toddler who refused to keep his clothes on. A sure sign of a rebellious nature.), I’ll take just about any opportunity to bend, or break them. Also, being new to running a blog, I don’t have three other bloggers to pass the buck to. At least none that haven’t already been tagged. πŸ˜‰

So, while this leaves me with a conundrum, it also provides an opportunity to break the rules, while still partially obeying them. In essence, I get a chance to cheat. It also provides an opportunity to think. A wholly dangerous condition to put me in at any given moment.

Ask a hundred different writers what writing is like and your apt to get a hundred different answers. But, before answering what writing is like, maybe we should look at what writing is first.

Writing is the basis of all media, and knowledge. It is the seed from which springs every other form of media you can think of and the generator of all knowledge. Now that’s a pretty bold statement, but I’d bet you can’t think of one element of either in today’s world that did not start with writing. Without writing the world would grind to a screeching halt. Think not?

The truth is that a writer had to write the textbooks you study from. A writer had to write the concept of your video game. A writer had to write the code that allows it to work. A writer had to write the story, and/or script of the movie you love. Hell, a writer had to write the warning label on the over the counter medicine you bought for your headache. Even the content of the Internet is completely dependent on writers.

True, we could teach and entertain by word of mouth, but that’s about as dependable as a chess champion in a football game. Anyone who has ever played the game ‘Gossip’ can tell you so. Get any group of five, or more, people together, whisper a single sentence into one’s ear and have them whisper it to the next, and so on. When the last person says the sentence out loud, you’ll be surprised just how corrupted it has become. That’s a pretty risky business to be trusting knowledge and entertainment to. I certainly wouldn’t trust it.

Writing has also been responsible for creating whole industries by simply adjusting how someone writes something. Take a look at a legal document sometime. All the heretofore, hereinafter, and other legalese is spelled out for the lawyer to interpret. If it were written in plain language there wouldn’t be a need for the lawyer, anyone could understand it.

Remember the writer’s strike in Hollywood recently? During that time the movie industry turned out more re-makes than television had re-runs before cable. Without writers the movies became pretty boring, and the complaints were too numerous to mention. Although I was not a part of it, I agreed with it. Without good stories there are no movies. We’d be munching our popcorn to blank screens, or worse, the 245th version of On Golden Pond.

So, now that we’ve established what writing really is, I think I can answer Michelle’s meme. Even if I don’t have anyone to pass the responsibility to. Except for you. If you are reading this, have a blog, and haven’t been tagged for it… I’m tagging you now. I don’t know if it will work, but it’s worth a try. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, here is mine.

“Writing is like planting the seeds of the future.”



Posted May 28, 2011 by Peter Burton in Uncategorized

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5 responses to “Writing Is…

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  1. Oh, this is awesome, Peter! You rule-breaker, you. πŸ˜€

  2. Thanks for playing Peter! I knew you’d find a way to make it yours. πŸ˜€

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