Monday, March 29, 2010

What Writers Do

We get up. We sit at a desk or table, and we write. We drink tea or coffee or gin and write. We listen to jazz and write. We smoke a cigarette and write.

While we are writing we do not think critically. Or worry. Or judge, or hate, or fear, or doubt, or preach. We write.

If we do any of these latter things while writing, we are not writing. The ego is writing. If the ego is writing, it's not true writing. It may appeal to other's egos, but not to another's soul.

3 comments:

Angel-Star said...

Is this true? or should we consider being clever and trying to express our intelligence in order to please our media saturated audience's sensbilities?

Ralph said...

I have just found your blog thanks to the email you sent. I have sat and read this and the past blogs and I find the way you write speaks to the thinker in me. I see many places where out thinkinfg crosses and interwinds. I look forward so much to reading more as I follow your blog. I am neither a writer not an artist but make a kind of stab at both and hope to learn from others like yourself. You never know one day i may make one other or both.

Angel-Star said...

lovely ralph, "our thinking crosses and interwinds"--and you say you're not a writer? you are...