Editor’s note: this is a guest post by Mckenzie of Unabridgedgirl.
Writing is much more than fingers to the pen and the pen to the paper. Indeed, every writer slaves (in a good way) over their work. They practically bleed: dotting every i, crossing every t, scrutinizing every letter. They carefully craft characters and piece prospective plots, while banishing the inner-critic and ignoring (at least the first time around) the inner-editor. They do all of this and more, not in a day or two days, but over time: threading a story, bound together by, as Virginia Woolf puts it, “Every fibre of our being.”
To write – – to be a writer, we unleash, as cheesy as it sounds, our inner-most thoughts, our soul, even if it is only between the lines. We tell a story because we have something to say, and, for us, there is no other way to say it. There is nothing more beautiful and terrifying to a writer than a blank sheet of paper: full of possibilities.
We do not write to pass the time. We write because we must.
We do not write to make money (though that would be nice!). We write because we must.
We write because something inside of us demands that we do. There is an internal need to bleed out the words, to watch them form and mold and suddenly breathe. Like the crazed Dr. Frankenstein, we finish a work (be it story, essay or poem) and stand back, throw up our arms, and cry, “It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!”
It is not arrogance. Not really. It is our way of looking at the world and sharing what we see, why we see. Some people are good at punching numbers. Other people excel at tight-rope walking, while some shine at building houses. We? Do extremely well with the written word. Or at least we try.
To be honest, I am not sure you can really understand us, not unless you write because you must.
Mckenzie started writing before she started talking. (Not really, but it sounded good.) At any rate, she loves the written word, drowning in books, and soon she realized that she didn’t just have to love reading books, she could write them, too! So, writing is no longer a hobby but a serious endeavor. She is currently working on her first novel, and plans to finish the rough draft by Januray 1, 2011. Aside of that? She loves family, friends, and anything to do with chocolate.
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