Why We Write

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Philosophy
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“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”~Ernest Hemingway

Writing shows us what it means to be human.

  • creativity and imagination
  • language development
  • persuasive argument
  • innovative ideas
  • belonging to a discourse community

“You can’t be a writer without the grim slog of actually getting words down on paper. I think everyone gets irritated with those pretentious, poetry café types who present themselves as writers but somehow never get around to writing anything worthwhile. You can’t just talk the talk; you have to walk the walk.”~Diane Awerbuck

Writing helps us understand our changing views, stances, and perspectives.

  • reflective memoirs
  • inquiry-based research
  • critical assessment of a position being presented
  • establish a claim concisely and articulately
  • maintain an objective outlook and tone
  • recognize that reality is subjective and ever-changing

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.~C. J. Cherryh

Writing provides identity.

  • add to humanity’s collective memory
  • become an inquisitive and intuitive self-starter
  • depict a representation of the self
  • explore the depths of memory
  • present your own life story

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.~Ray Bradbury

Writing teaches high order thinking.

  • invention
  • revision
  • synthesis
  • evaluation
  • application

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.~Ayn Rand



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