The art of writing is not as easy as many would think: writers spend hours on end engrossed in ink and paper, pouring thoughts and emotions out and attempting to organize them into a written message. They degrade their eyesight by transferring thousands upon thousands of words to paper every day. They transcribe thoughts into printed script for the sake that the world can view their work; and the pay is risky as well, not guaranteeing that the public will receive the piece of literature the way the writer intends. Sometimes writers risk even more than their livelihood when the message is received the way want it.
True enough, reading printed material is easy. Writing is the work that bears the brunt of hardships when it comes to words on paper. It is hard to see why some people choose such a life, but it is unquestionable that they do. Beneath all the hardships however, the art of writing does have its perks. There remain those who seek out the art, developing a real love for it.
Writers, like all other artists, are gifted with the ability to spread a message. Being a writer usually entails better communication skills – better mastery of language – than the majority of the population. This allows the greatest of them to use the full power of words; evoking the emotions they desire from their readers, and seeding minds with thoughts of their choosing. History has seen the often great, sometimes terrible, but always powerful effects of eloquently delivered messages in the works of men such as Churchill or Hitler, and many fall in love with the art of writing for this power.
Writing also calls people to it because of the freedom it promises. A writer’s pen can be likened to the hand of God, and the paper, a universe of His creation. There are no bounds and no laws that can truly hold back a writer’s words. Even if it is against the law to write against the wrongs of a government, and even if the writers who do so anyway are executed, they die knowing that the stories written are of their choosing, and not that of the opposition. In the writer’s own universe, the rules that govern reality do not apply unless the writer deems it so. Even lesser writers than such are afforded the same freedom, as proven by the mythical worlds we read of in paperback novels.
Finally, there are those who fall in love with writing because of the life it brings the writer closer to. Those who write for newspapers write of truth and that truth that is part of daily life. Some share stories of places and times of the world, telling tales of color and sound of cultures across the world. Many write to reveal the happiness, sadness, and souls of those who live day by day.
So yes, writers risk much, and face much more. The truth is this does not discourage them from the art. Writing is more than a skill, and more than a job. It is – to the truly devoted writer – a calling; and while many start writing as a necessity, the best of these artists find that given enough time, they write because they love it.