writeonwednesday … goes into Friday, Part Deux
October 24, 2008 § 8 Comments
Do I write every day, asks Becca.
She also poses the question: Shouldn’t everyone write?
Yes, I write everyday. Every morning, I hammer away, sometimes for the blog, sometimes for the electronic trash heap (mind you, these are two different things!)
At night, I squiggle, winge, and essay in my journal. On weekdays, I stammer through other people’s stuff, sometimes rewriting, sometimes stabbing it with edits, sometimes getting plain damn lyrical (in view of the fact that I work at an engineering consulting firm!)
So yeah, the writing gets done, though my stories and essays idle or go through fits and starts with me. But they move along (it’s sort of like building the pyramids, alone, but that’s ok). And I totally admire Nova. She’s nailing the 7 days a week on her own stuff.
Should everyone write?
Everyone should write the following:
thank you notes (not just etiquette, it shows character and sincerity)
longhand letters to their mothers (Moms love it and save them)
longhand letters to Santa (believers or not, it’s healthy; it’s playing)
letters to their Congressmen/women
their own resumes
maybe a journal/journal entries (for practice; most of us writers believe in practice if not “doing”)
notes to stick on the fridge or bulletin board
postcards when they travel (or, even if they’re doing something cool in their own city/town)
Everyone does NOT have to write:
books (fiction, non-fiction, etc)
essays and articles
It would be fine if everyone tried one or all of the above (books, plays, etc) just to understand the structure involved, but no, they don’t have to. It’s not competition I’m worried about as a writer, au contraire. It’s about the public’s general respect for and implementation of writing as a craft. That which looks simple in writing is that which is often most difficult to achieve (as a writer.)
And if we want people to read, they need well written stuff to lure them and keep them at it.
And good writing has so much to do with freedom.