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To write

What is writing? Why do we write? The Writers - those people who put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard as may be the case), whether they are famous authors or emerging voices, journalists or novelists, writers of fiction or nonfiction, formulas or poetry - have a million reasons why they write.

For some, to write is to escape life: "You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you", as Ray Bradbury says in Zen in the Art of Writing.

For others, to write is to embrace life, to record every detail and to live it fully.

For myself and for other members of the World Pulse community, writing fulfills each of these extremes. Sometimes we write whimsically or imaginatively to transport ourselves away from brutality and into another reality. Sometimes we write descriptively to savor a moment; or passionately, like a full-frontal assault on an issue we care about. For us, to write is to discuss everything that we come across in life.

For us, to write is to take control over life: to confront the obstacles we have faced, to trumpet the triumphs we have had, and to share the lessons we have learned along the way.


nkinyanjui's picture

I love this post. For me

I love this post. For me writing is being free to creatively express my thoughts and my feelings. I have many things i would like to share with people out there and i have much to write about the experiences i have been through, afterall what is life without experiences be they good or bad.

Many times writing is a release, tapping away fast at a keyboard without any fear of what people may say or think but hoping that my choice of words are sufficient and worthy of use in my expression.

Love it!

kati.mayfield's picture

"writing as freedom"

Hi Naomi,

Thank you so much for your comment. I love your idea that "writing is being free to creatively express" your thoughts and feelings.

Thank you also for linking me to your blog. What an important cause you are dedicated to with Path to Womanhood 254. Such a basic part of life, and such an inherent part of women's reproductive rights. But I had never thougth before about the negative impact that menstruation could have on a woman's education.

I believe that all women should have the right to write, to freely and creatively express themselves as you and I do; and I applaud the work that your organization does to ensure that women are not denied another fundamental right - the right to get an education - because of inconveniences or cultural taboos about menstruation.



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