I don’t know how my fellow writers feel, but when it comes to writing, the need to write is such a burden. For me, writing goes well beyond the physical act. Writing is something that everyone can do…
Yes, that’s safe to say. Everyone can write, but an artist creates. They create alternative worlds, situations — they bring life to to death, and meaning from tragedy. It’s what sets one who writes apart from a Writer (notice the capital “W”). Writers…the capital…they are pure artists. Think of those artists who has written American Classics, or who has written novels that are taught in English classes all across academia. Pure artistry.
I hear many give their “Why I Write” blurbs and I chuckle. Sure, writing is an outlet- it is a platform to express oneself and release negative energy. But there’s more to it, don’t you agree? Writing is storytelling, lessons learned, coming of age . . . there’s so much to it. It just doesn’t deal with the heavy stuff. And if you write solely on emotion, then that’s equally horrible. You can’t just . . .wait . . . I don’t write because I feel like it. I write because I need to, whether I feel like it or not. It’s my chosen craft. It’s like exercising: sometimes I feel like it, and sometimes I don’t. Most times I don’t feel like it, but I do anyway. I’d rather have a sore hand from writing all week than have sore feelings because of a weak plot and flat characters.
Do you understand what I’m trying to say?