I’ve just recently returned from Chicago with my son. It was a father and son trip and I learned a lot about him and myself.
Before we left he gave me a wonderful Father’s Day card from him and his sister. It was something my wife printed and he wrote his “Top 10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad.”
I won’t tell you all of them but number 3 stood out. “I know my Dad is smart because he knows how to write.” With this one thing my son made me cry. It took my son telling me I’m a good writer to make me understand writing better.
What Is Writing?
Each of us write because we love to tell stories or we have an idea that we need to share with the world. But why do we do this? What makes us? What force pushes us to do this?
Writing in its purest form is words joined to make something meaningful. The words don’t matter as much as the message conveyed in the words.
Let’s take something from Buddhism: “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” – Buddha
What do these words mean? To me they mean, If we don’t take action our life will not be what we want it to be. We must act on things, don’t sit idly by.
Writing should move the human soul. Here’s a Quote from something more recent:
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Dumbledore…from The Sorcerer’s Stone.
Writing isn’t only for entertainment. We learn from it. There a little lessons about perseverance and courage that we learn from Harry Potter. Or lessons about fear from Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft.
Writing moves us because it’s the only thing that we believe we can do well. For some of us we have to work to get there, for others it comes naturally. But we all learn from the writing of others.
When I read A Farewell To Arms I learned about loss. The book touched me because I’d been through something similar. I loved the book, it’s in my Top Ten list.
The book The Road by Cormac McCarthy made me cry. Everything the boy and his father went through and the ending was heart wrenching.
All of these books I love because they moved me. We write to move our readers. To make them love our writing enough to come back for more.
In essence we write because we want to be moved. We want to write the stories that moved us.
What is writing to you? What story moved you the most? Answer in the comments.