Writing Is An Art

I’ve often compared writing to having a child you cherish and protect, the way a bear defends her cub.

An art, according to Webster, is a skill doing a specified thing, improved through practice.

It’s personal, no matter the packaging, and writing, next to painting and composing, has earned her rightful place.

It’s also a skill that you love, and one that others should respect, whether your prose is their cup of tea or not. I say this to urge those to pause before criticizing…to simply move to another shelf where you’re bound to find something more to your liking.

Casual criticism hurts, like an arrow to the heart.

The written word, mine or someone else’s, has been keeping me afloat during this lonely time.

If I’m not writing, I’m reading, allowing words to comfort and console.

Ray Bradbury said, You must stay drunk on writing, so reality can’t destroy you.

How’s that for prophetic?

When I say read, I don’t mean the internet whose goal seems to be to weaken and scare. I’m talking Hemingway, Hamill, Hammett, and Twain. Christie, Austen, Dumas and McCullough who, to quote Anais Nin, wrote to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

These feel like biblical times, as if the Book of Revelations has had a reprint.

We must remember, those who came before us, survived many moments in history that too, shook their world. Think of what life was like before Penicillin, along with Polio and Small Pox vaccines.

Teddy Roosevelt lost both his wife and mother on the same day because there were neither.

Terror must have reigned, as people went about their lives as best they could.

I think of Lincoln riding the train to Gettysburg to dedicate its new cemetery, still in mourning for his son, Willie, who died of Typhoid at age 12, writing his iconic Gettysburg address on a napkin, and how his pain must have influenced those 271 words.

Writing what we feel at this point of time, whether in a diary, a blog, or book not yet penned, will lessen the fear…to put it all down, shaking out your heart onto the page so it stays open, when it so wants to slam shut.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside youMaya Angelou.

So, let us sharpen our pencils.     



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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55 Responses to Writing Is An Art

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, it’s so easy to find fault with any accomplishment one has completed. And writing is certainly an accomplishment. I’ve always thought that those who offer unasked for criticism are secretly jealous of the work for a wide range of reasons.
    I’ve been doing a lot of reading. My house is looking in tip top shape. I sanded a fireplace mantle and surround that a friend hand carved over twenty years ago and will begin re-staining it today.
    I enjoy your writing and will join the other fans surrounding your wagon to ward off any naysayers.

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  2. Sophie 🌻 says:

    What a beautiful and true blog post! I’ve recently been trying to get back into writing in my leisure time more (rather than just writing essays for uni) and your text has just motivated me so much! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  3. Eilene Lyon says:

    Anyone who discovers writing finds a whole new world opening for them. I hope a lot of people take the time now to find their inner scribes.

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  4. Dale says:

    Beautifully said, Susannah. Writing is a very personal thing. And yes, it is an art that we work at to improve and no, we cannot expect everyone to like our style or what we write and to criticize for the sake of it is just a lack of manners (and probably jealousy, too). So many genres out there, one is bound to find something that is one’s cup of tea.
    Just so happens you happen to be one of mine, so keep on penning your thoughts!

    Have a fabulous Monday. Hope it’s nicer than here where it is raining cats and dogs with a threat of thunderstorms. Which I love except I need to go “do the lines” and grocery shop. How badly do I really need eggs?

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  5. “to put it all down, shaking out your heart onto the page so it stays open when it so wants to slam shut.” A beautiful line, Susannah. I think it describes the motivation for doing this writing thing every day. You also said it chases fear which I very much believe as well. To be able to write and read is a blessing that I never take for granted. An excellent essay. Thank you.

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  6. Sorryless says:

    This time feels downright suffocating. It’s weird, because sleeping offers no respite and the waking hours feel like a dream.

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  7. Vasca says:

    I like the statement posted…shaking out your heart…that’s the way I write my blog…named it Balanced Heart. I hold nothing back – transparency is in my keys! Your readers write beautiful comments; you respond beautifully. Words? Oh how I love words…like a painter’s palette. .My happiest moments are when I’m writing. So, let’s raise a glass of water to all those who live and love, writing! Let it pour forever! Have a good week filled with blessings from a most loving God.

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  8. aFrankAngle says:

    Writing has many purposes … And maintaining sanity during times like this is one of them. There is also the reading side. As I’ve said before, I enjoy your writing. Stay safe.

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  9. I find this advice to be an inspiration for folks like me with a thin skin. People can be harsh in ways they do not know. LETS all enjoy freedom in writing.

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  10. We pour our hearts out in words, so it’s no wonder we are sensitive to criticism. You wrote it beautifully.

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  11. Beautiful thoughts. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have writing as a way to express myself.

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