One conversation can change your perspective about everything.
I was talking to a professor recently, and she mentioned how our society underappreciates the arts and writing. There's this overall theme that much of the world is sending, saying, “Anyone can write.”
Well, that's true. Anyone can write. If it's quality, however, you won't find it with everyone. In that sense, no. Saying “Anyone can write” is ultimately an arrogant response, and you must not be a writer.
I believe writing can't be associated with the word “easy.” Writing is difficult.
I've been writing professionally for three years, and I can firmly stand behind the fact that it's not a straightforward task. Professors who've been writing twice as long as I have can confirm this.
I see this attitude toward the craft cropping up increasingly as I search for a permanent position in this not-so-permanent profession. Writing is everywhere we can see. Billboards, magazines in the waiting room, signs telling folks to wash their hands (more common now than in previous years) and many other places many of us take for granted.
There's a process behind these pieces of media and art. A process that many couldn't fathom.
I never realized how “people” involved writing is until I began reaching out to folks. Journalism is all about connecting and building bridges, not specifically for employment, but it's a perk if that's how it works out.
Other professions require their dose of connections to other professionals, but our mission and job as a writer are based on this concept. We, as writers, are at the mercy and liberty of other writers. It's an endless cycle of scratching one another's backs.
I think the craft is evolving with the times, like everything else. I don't believe writing will ever truly perish from our society because it's one of the most primary methods of communication we interact with.
I think there will always be stories to tell, whether it's about self-driving cars in 2030 or someone's journey with self-discovery in Europe. Writing is one of the oldest forms of communication, and taking the craft for granted is not only arrogant but a missed opportunity.
Ubiquity answers the question, “Who cares about writing anymore?” You have people who believe the internet is killing paper and print, and then you have people who see the internet as an evolution of time and skill. The latter has my vote because writing exists within the clicking and the typing of the emails and letters some of us still write to our colleagues and friends.
Nothing can stay the same forever, and the art of writing is no exception. Writing very much still exists in our world, but in a different form. Sometimes we can miss something that's right underneath our noses.
Sure, we'll always be writing those grocery lists and scribbling on Post-it notes, but the genuine passion never dies, and that's why writing will never go out of style.
Conner Tighe has written for several area publications, including The Journal Gazette.