What is writing?

  • (noun): The activity of putting something in written form.
    Example: "She did the thinking while he did the writing"
    Synonyms: committal to writing
    See also — Additional definitions below

Writing

Writing is the representation of language in a textual medium through the use of a set of signs or symbols (known as a writing system). It is distinguished from illustration, such as cave drawing and painting, and non-symbolic preservation of language via non-textual media, such as magnetic tape audio.

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Some articles on writing:

History of Writing - Dacia (Romania)
... The origin and the timing of the writings are widely disputed, because there are no precise evidence in situ, the slabs cannot be carbon dated, because of the bad treatment of the Cluj ... of Greek, Phoenician and Etruscan in the writings, make it unlikely that they date from this period ...
Double Indemnity (film) - Production - Writing
... being without me that we did The Lost Weekend, a depressing film about a writer who has trouble writing." Lost Weekend was a distinguished offspring for the reconciled couple ...
Bliss Carman - Writing - Later Work
... "Much of Carman's writing in poetry and prose during the decade preceding World War I is as repetitive as the title of Echoes from Vagabondia (1912) intimates" says the DCB ...
Don DeLillo - Early Life and Influences
... As a teenager, DeLillo wasn't interested in writing until taking a summer job as a parking attendant, where hours spent waiting and watching over vehicles led to a reading habit ... personal golden age of reading, in my 20s and my early 30s, and then my writing began to take up so much time" ... and Ernest Hemingway, who was a major influence on DeLillo's earliest attempts at writing in his late teens ...
Kawaii - History - Cute Handwriting
... emerged in the 1970s as part of a new style of writing ... These pencils produced very fine lines, as opposed to traditional Japanese writing that varied in thickness and was vertical ... characters and they added little pictures to their writing, such as hearts, stars, smiley faces, and letters of the Latin alphabet ...

More definitions of "writing":

  • (noun): (usually plural) the collected work of an author.
    Example: "The idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"
  • (noun): The work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect).
    Example: "The writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
    Synonyms: written material, piece of writing
  • (noun): Letters or symbols written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language.
    Example: "He turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show"; "the doctor's writing was illegible"

Famous quotes containing the word writing:

    The naive notion that a mother naturally acquires the complex skills of childrearing simply because she has given birth now seems as absurd to me as enrolling in a nine-month class in composition and imagining that at the end of the course you are now prepared to begin writing War and Peace.
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century)

    As I am writing my thought, it sometimes escapes me; but this makes me remember my weakness, which I constantly forget. This is as instructive to me as my forgotten thought; for I strive only to know my nothingness.
    Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)

    The parody is the last refuge of the frustrated writer. Parodies are what you write when you are associate editor of the Harvard Lampoon. The greater the work of literature, the easier the parody. The step up from writing parodies is writing on the wall above the urinal.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)