The Love of Writing


For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write lists. To-do lists, grocery lists, book lists, bucket lists, pros vs. cons lists, and the like. I don’t write these lists because I need to remember what it is I’m writing – I write them because I simply need to write.

During my¬†senior year of high school, I had to write a research paper about a single word. At first I thought it was such a pointless task. How could an entire paper about just one word be at all possible? My English teacher explained that the idea behind this paper was to get us thinking about how interesting a word’s history could be. Where did it come from? Does it have more than one definition? Has its meaning changed? Was it¬†invented or borrowed from another language? How long has it been around? I chose the word “pearl” and discovered that it meant “eye” at one point in time. Other students chose words like “act” and “battle,” focusing on the versatility of the word as both a noun and a verb.

For me, “writing” is such a word.

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