Writing about writing?

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Published on: April 27, 2013

Every time I sit down to write this post I spin myself around in circles, and make myself dizzy with the task. I changed the title so many times that to count the versions would be ridiculous. To argue the merits of one title or another? Absurd.

The problem is that I don’t know how to write about writing. The request to write about writing seems reasonable at first glance, but a little more inspection reveals something odd about it. Consider the analogies; ask a sculptor to sculpt about sculpting. What does that mean? Ask a painter to paint how to paint. The request seems silly because that isn’t how we explain art to one another. Instead, we break down art and Wordsreframe it and reorganize it into language. Words for oils, words for materials, words for sounds. Writers, critics, and fans all share our experiences of art with words. My point is that the creation of music is different from the discussion of music; writing a story different from sharing its critical analysis. The skills are not the same. Still, I’m here and I want to share.

So, what can I write about writing? I can tell you that I am passionate about it. I can tell you that each day I return to a given page I discover something new in my reaction to it that drives me to make changes. I tether myself down to a keyboard and then I throw soft, new, sharp, jagged, and rusted words at the page until it looks the way I think it should. Then I read it and see how I react. I don’t stop re-writing and re-reading until the emotion I’m striving to express is conjured inside of me consistently. Inevitably, I fail because I change. But the hope is to find a combination that stays true the longest, or unfolds in new meaningful ways when I return to it. I want my audience to feel something, maybe not what I felt, but something strong. The hope is for connection. That’s the writing, that’s me.

What I’m really trying to say with this post is that I love discussing art. I want to share what various artists have done to me and for me in my life. But I’m not sure I can do better than sharing my own art… what have all of those amazing people done to me, how have the affected me? They made me an author. I’m eternally grateful for it. I strive to improve my writing as a a compliment to all of them. I want to show them what they’ve done for me.

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