I just rewrote a tiny portion of an article I wrote the other day, per the editor’s request. It wasn’t my first rewrite, nor will it be my last but, as usual, I didn’t agree 100 percent, or even 50 percent with the changes he wanted. However, I’m not paid for my articles until they’re approved, so, I acquiesced. Nevertheless, as I struggle to rewrite a sentence, or thought, “their way” I often think, “why am I doing this?”(Writing)
This time was no different, so I decided to write about why I write.
Writing is an Outlet
The principle reason I write is as an outlet. Dictionary.com defines an outlet as “a means of expression, or satisfaction: an outlet for one’s artistic impulses.” I’m an artist, drawing with a pen and typing on a keyboard, with delete and backspace keys to tone the written colors. Imbedded in me are thoughts, experiences and desires that lie dormant, and never have the opportunity to emerge from my depths, if I don’t write about them. I write emotions, knowledge, or expressions and symbols people relate to, and I derive satisfaction from that.
Emotions are personal. On a professional basis, I may know that what I write will probably interest a certain group of people, but I don’t personally know any of them. Thus, I have no idea what makes them tick. That’s where the artistry comes in. As a writer, I word paint a wide swath that encompasses the masses, yet it’s personal enough to affect individuals.
What I write is also knowledge. It may be knowledge I obtain from various resources, experiences in life or third parties, but it’s knowledge. Depending on the context of what I write, people believe my word paintings thus, I must write with credibility. If people need to double-check everything I write, then why should they read me in the first place? Knowledge is a responsibility, and a responsibility in writing can be lost and never known, because I don’t see those who no longer consider me responsible. They are people who will never read my word paintings again.
Expressions and Symbols
As a writer, I must be careful how I express and symbolize, because others express and symbolize differently than I do, on the same subject. No matter how hard I try, at times, what I say will be misconstrued, however, I can minimize those times by carefully choosing words, and remembering that it’s not what I write, but how I write it that matters. A certain amount of projection is necessary in writing. Although I have no idea what makes people I’ve never met tick, I can write tactfully, and pretty much get the same point across. It’s a matter of learning to write professionally, and understanding the power of a word. Sometimes, leaving room for my readers to contemplate what I’m referring to is better than being explicit.
Will everyone like everything I write? No, but to a degree writing is like throwing words in some semblance of order against a wall. Maybe some will stick in someone’s psyche and elicit an emotion, maybe inform, maybe express or invoke symbolism. I don’t care I simply want to professionally write the words, and I emphasize professionally, and let them fall where they may fall.
Reference: Outlet: reference.com