More Than Words
The purpose of this article shows the characterization of writing. Through this article you will have a new perspective when it comes to writing. Does it only involve words or is it more than that?
Writing is a set of visible or tactile signs used to represent units of a language in a systematic way, with the purpose of recording messages which can be retrieved by everyone who knows the language in question and the rules by virtue of which its units are encoded in the writing system. Based on an average dictionary, it is stated that it is the act of one who writes which consist of meaningful letters or characters that constitute readable matter. These definitions may seem so intriguing but the real characterization of writing is more than that. What does writing really mean? Does it only involve a pen or a paper and a flat surface? Or does it need a heart for the matter? Writing is beyond mere words, phrases, and letters; it is also a form of therapy, a beautiful art, and a wonderful skill.
“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” Graham Greene, the author of this accurate quote felt that writing is a therapy. To him, writing is somehow a quiet corner which provides him an easy escape. It simply lets out the trauma and emotions he feel deep inside him and simply let the words flood at the paper.
Remember Taylor Swift or Avril Lavigne? They are singers who let out their emotions through music and lyrics because for them it acts as a comfort zone. They feel at ease and just let the words run from them and express themselves. Writing eases emotional trauma and satisfies oneself. It helps people heal themselves. If people will write long enough, they will be a healthy person; and to top that, if people will express what they feel through writing then the rate of suicide will decrease.
Writing, it acts like a get-away from the problems and solutions people are facing nowadays. Writing helps people think through solutions, scenarios and explore things. Writing is like taking a step closer to one self’s heart. Frequently, some people do not truly know their thoughts until they put a language to it.
“Writing is truly a creative art – putting word to a blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged story rife with characters and plot.” This factual quote is by William Shatner. Writing is not just putting words in a piece of blank paper but it is also an art. Writers are also artists.
Art is the creation of beautiful or significant things. Shakespeare’s pieces are work of art. People have already dramatized Romeo and Juliet countless times and it is really a work of an art. The primary target for writing as what other authors have said is art. How will writers get into their readers’ mind? It is really challenging to visualize and write it down and expect the readers to get what writers are trying to say.
In writing, creating highly emotive pictures or scenes just using pen and paper instead of paint or other mediums is wonderful because writers let the reader do the imagination. That is why writing becomes an art because writers simply let the readers do their jobs not the writers who simply spoon-fed their readers. Writers simply create beautiful scenes through writing and let it unfold in the reader’s mind.
“The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.” This is by Walter Bagehot if summarized; writing should not be taken for granted. It takes skill and a whole lot of effort to produce a good writing material unless people can withstand it.
Some good writers like Nicholas Sparks or John Green were able to tug the heartstrings of the readers because they have enough experience and enough skill to write one. It is also a God-given talent to be able to have such skills when it comes to writing. It takes a lot of intellectual capability to write a good story or essay because writing does not only involve a mere pen and paper. “Environmentalist: Someone who believes the living owes him a world” by B.B.J. in Graham, Texas, Rotary Scandal Sheet from Reader’s Digest. Some people may not get this but some can because writing is so complex that everything people know about it is more than that.
Writing can be learned and developed overtime but it takes a whole lot of effort and skill to touch one’s heart. It takes a long time, so learning to write will take a while. According to Rowlins J., the author of ‘The Writer’s Way’, “There is no trick or device or weekend workshop that will handgood writing to you”
Writing is a form a therapy, a beautiful art and a wonderful skill. It is repeatedly stated that writing that writing is more than just a set of words, phrases or sentences. Writing should not be taken so lightly. Some definitions of others regarding writing is standard and thus blinded by the world’s concept of writing. In addition to that, writing is also a therapy that simply eases the writer’s tensions, art that simply shows writer’s creativity and skill that test what writers are capable of.
“The idea is to write so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart” Maya Angelou, the author of this inspiring quote simply voices out that writers should have the aim of talking to one’s heart not only to the brain. Some people failed to realize that writing is your comfort zone. A writer can be an artist too! Writing is a complex yet flexible matter and what makes it interesting? It is boundless and more than words.
~ Another piece from my Communication Arts Class under Ms. Basaysay.
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