Why I Write by George Orwell…have you read it?
Many other writers have taken this title and run with it. Have you?
When non-writers ask, “Why do you write?” maybe they should be asked, “Why don’t you?”
What if all written words vanished? What if every written word in the world–in every language–drifted up into the atmosphere never to be seen again? No words in books, no words on billboards, no words on cereal boxes, no words on the Internet, no captions, no words anywhere at all. What would you do? What if you took out a pen, wrote your name on a piece of paper, and saw it disappear?
Would you value writing then?
Why are people so afraid of writing? Why do they balk at writing when they can express themselves and take time to consider what to say? Why is that so hard?
If the government decreed there would be no more writing–all writing banned–would it become more meaningful?
I don’t know. I am full of questions…