Tuesday, February 19, 2008

An Interesting Truth About Writing

Got this little piece from the "101 Reasons to Stop Writing" blog.

Though this is a little offbeat and sarcastic, but this picture does bring up a very true point--more people are in love with the image of being a writer, rather than the actual discipline of writing itself.

Everyone, including some writers, have a stereotype of what a writer "should" look like to some degree or another (and most of the time, it's overly romantic). But very few people actually have a set/realistic definition of what it actually means to be a writer.

That's the reason why I ended up writing this article, here.

For all you viewers out there, including fellow writers, what say you?


Jesse said...

Solitude is important for the act of writing itself, in my opinion. Large groups of people tend to be distracting, and hanging out with one's friends is a great excuse to stop writing. In that respect, it's nice if you can find time when people won't bother you. But as to the life of a writer, I think solitude and isolation are pretty bad things. If you live only in your head, it's easy to lose perspective on reality. Not to mention that, for me, going out and living life is a goodly portion of my inspiration. I think to be a writer, then, one requires a good mix of both interaction and isolation.

David Yuen said...

Yes, I do agree that balancing isolation with interaction is a healthy practice that everyone should have. But I do disagree with you (to some extent) that solitude and isolation are pretty bad things for the life of a writer (as in detrimental to his/her craft). Some writers can still function as good writers in extreme isolation and, from it, they can still produce marvelous work. Of course, this is not to say that this is healthy for them (because it isn't). But in terms of their ability to write, isolation can help or hurt them depending on their process.


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