- When man looks into a mirror he sees himself. When man looks into a book, what does he see?
- When man writes a book, who is he speaking to–to others or to himself?
- Why do most people write anyway, when it isn’t a school curriculum, a job requirement or something that provides a living?
- Is writing entirely an act of speaking to others? Is there any part of writing that involves listening as well?
I don’t suffer from hubris large enough to claim to have an answer to all of these questions as big and complex as they are. Speculation will only prove my amateurish ignorance within the writing community and so I’d better maintain a discreet silence here.
Writing and I
However, one thing I do know is that a lot of inexperienced writers, myself included, view their own writing as self-expression and self-exposure of one kind or the other.
The simplest of these authors view writing as a way to gain recognition for themselves, be it to millions of readers (as a sort of alternate career dream), or to be valued by friends and family (to gain social stature) or to find value in themselves (as a means to find meaning in their lives). All worthy goals with a single underlying thread.
The self. The me. The I. Continue reading The self in writing