Berlin, Germany

Writing the Self: Autobiography and/as Fiction?

Language: English Studies in English
University website: www.berlin.bard.edu
Writing
Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool used to make languages be read. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence, record keeping and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.
Writing
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
George Orwell in "Why I Write," Gangrel (Summer 1946).
Writing
Much of writing might be described as mental pregnancy with successive difficult deliveries.
J. B. Priestley in International Herald Tribune, January 3, 1978.
Writing
The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
John Steinbeck, New York Times (2 June 1969)
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