people being together in writing

Writing is about being together *

Why do we write, really?

“To express ourselves”, I used to think and, honestly, some years earlier, this could be the answer for me. And this would be fair enough to make me continue writing.

But there came a moment of stagnation and emptiness. This arid nothingness had me seriously reword the initial question:

“Is writing for me only?”

I had to go deeper. And learn again. And watch carefully. And pay attention to small, seemingly irrelevant or insignificant details of everyday life. And ask – I mean, truly ask – tough questions. But, this time, not about me, my pleasures and my likes, my pains and my problems, neither for the potential heroes existing only in my head.

This time I had to rediscover my fellow humans in their most real terms. To feel through our illness, our odors, our bursts of love, fear, or anger. Our poverty and death. Our cry, joy and laughter, our silliness and lies – yes, the lies. The reason why we behave one way or another. That is, I had to face… “us”. The ultimate heroes.

And so, what I used to believe regarding writing (and myself), suddenly became less relevant. Less important. Less useful:

In a whole “new world”, with all that can be experienced for better or worse, it didn’t mean a thing to me anymore.


*(The argument discussed here is, to some extent, inspired by the seminar lectures “Read & Write” taught by author Aris Maragkopoulos. More information may be found here  and here.)

And it was at this point I realized that writing is worth the try only if I and the potential reader could be together in this. In a way that we both learn, evolve and understand a certain aspect of reality.

Writing is not a law in itself. And no matter how deep we tend to get involved with it, it will always be a means to feed the planetary verbal/symbolic system with our own tiny piece. To communicate and stand up for all of us, together.

And togetherness means building bridges and leaving traces so that the majority stays on the path. Expressing a complex or a strange idea, simplifying the means of expression to get the message across. Using metaphors, metonymies, well-balanced analogies that make sense. Examples and experiences that can be felt and perceived as such, inviting for the majority to join.

And although I do believe that not every content is for everyone, I think that one should make a conscious effort to reach out to as many people as possible.

Writing, then, becomes more about us being ultimately together in this.

Before, what a vanity!

But now, what a cry. And what a change for the better.


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