Why Writers Write About Writing

Thought Catalog

The first time you write, it’s usually out of necessity. But the desire to do it again comes from noticing the weight that a flawlessly crafted sentence takes off you. So you do it some more. You take pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, feeling to logic, thought to idea. You start writing on the rim of your notebook paper, on the wall, in ink on your body. You lull yourself into the kind of comfort that can only come from having the right words at the right time right where you need them to be.

And you realize you could go on about everything. About nothing. About heartbreak and love and loss and what you ate for breakfast and your childhood and your dog. But no matter what you write about, at the core of it all, writers are somehow always writing about writing. About what words can do, about…

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