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The Definition of a Writer

    Lately, I've been wondering what the actual definition of "writer" was. I am a writer, but the ability to write isn't just a hobby or interest. Writing is a part of who I am. It's how I sleep. It's how I walk down the street. It's how I take pictures. It's how I talk to people. It's how I look at life.


    I was saddened by Merriam Webster's definition. 

writ·er
noun \ˈrī-tər\
: someone whose work is to write books, poems, stories, etc.
: someone who has written something

    It's simple, technical, and void of the deeper effects of writing. Sure, Webster is right, but I know there is much more to being a writer. So I set out to define a writer on my own. 

     A writers is an individual with the ability to see, feel, and understand the stories of people and places that a typical onlooker cannot notice and the ability to effectively communicate those stories and their importance through the form of words for other individuals to comprehend. 

~Alyson

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  1. I love this! Thank you. Your reminders about why writing always give me the boost I need to continue writing, with the knowledge that there is a reason and purpose behind it!

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    1. I'm glad my words are encouraging : )

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  2. I agree with you -- writing is so much more than putting a string of words together on a blank document. It's taking that string of words and creating it into an emotion that readers can sympathize with and relate to, creating adventures that you can go on comfortably in your living room. Being a writing is amazing.
    This was a thoughtful post. :)

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  3. I like your definition much better. ^ ^ Being a writer is a lifestyle not just a job.

    Stori Tori's Blog

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