Intimacy in Writing
There is a mystique that surrounds the written word, name, and sound. Although some of us may hate to read or others believe we lack the abilities to write a serene haiku, an underlying tone of credibility, admiration, and to some degree, even infatuation surrounds the written word. Although each word and letter that we see is nothing more than a symbol that we attribute to some sense of meaning or representation in order to enhance our ability to survive, we have developed an attraction towards it. The values we associate with writing extend beyond its allocated analogy, for why else do we value the signature of a famous person?
Writing extends beyond just space and time and, while fragile to the harshness of erosion, briefly preserves characteristics of the person producing it and the context of the speech. We attribute a sense of status and praise to those capable of writing in script, calligraphy, or visually appealing writing but mere appearance doesn’t dictate good writing. Similar to a painting that evokes the dormant and primal instincts within us, good writing entices us to be engaged. Whether through a book consisting of make believe characters or a poem that captures the essence of solitude after losing a loved one, something about writing provides an intimate relationship with the audience.
Writing possesses the ability to transport us to a completely vivid environment that we have never been before. For example, in just a few sentences, Angela Abraham provides a lovely description of a forest while depicting the relationship and effect a forest has on her own nature, “For the eye that captures moments as easily as a camera lens, the woods offer a chorus of browns leading up to a seasonal cupola. And with this image it weaves nature’s aromas and hearty birdsong. Thus on any given day and at any time, in any weather, the woods can tether my spirit in the most soothing of ways.” You may have never met Angela Abraham or experienced the soothing relationship with a forest. Still, the ability to experience and internalize mere symbols evokes even the most imaginary or realistic of experiences into our minds.
The audience of writing extends far beyond just mental imagery or just those reading, but to media watchers as well. Even moviegoers who indulge in every Marvel movie and watch with such admiration expose themselves to the very words writers put into existence on a script. It extends to the brief one-liners in comedies or even the memes which make you chuckle as you scroll through your social media. Words go beyond just natural definition and have evolved into almost universal meanings or expressions. For example, you can express different emotions or means depending on how you say something as expressive as the word “shit.” From an aggressive oh no form of shit, to the stressed syllable on the I in shiiiiiitttt which expresses a form of disbelief in a humoral response, varying messages can be conveyed through the same word depending on how it is emphasized.
Writing is not for everyone but there are those that confide in it as a form of expression. Whether it be through a diary as a form of security or to express one’s artistic ability to capture an erotic encounter as a healthy alternative to those uncomfortable with watching porn, writing can release that external expression. Regardless of your particular association to writing, it is a manner of connection that transcribes just mere symbols. From the disagreeing comments on this article topic to the advertisements that you see on the train, writing is integrated into almost every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it’s just a matter of letting yourself get a little loose with a pencil and paper or doing a double-take at your own signature to realize that writing captures more than just words and symbols.
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