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The Love of Writing

In Writing (all kinds) on March 9, 2017 at 5:15 PM

By Saad Zafar

One of my teachers once told me that I should read more in order to be able to write better. Another one of my teachers told me that I should write more in order to be able to write better. I’m neither a voracious reader nor a prolific writer. I do enjoy writing. More so than reading.

There is a profound satisfaction that comes from seeing your written words on a page. And knowing that those words originated from your consciousness and flowed through the ink from your pen onto paper. And those words are a representation of a part of your consciousness.

As enjoyable as reading can be, it really can’t compare to writing. While it is true that writing can be considered more “work” than reading (since writing is more active whereas reading is more of a passive act), there are moments when — if you’ve been writing long enough — that you enter a zone whereby the words flow out of your pen so easily and with such minimal effort that it’s the closest that writing can ever come to be a passive action.

It is in those moments that the intensity of the writer’s satisfaction is at its zenith. They’re rare. But they’re enough of an incentive to make the writer continue to try and seek them out through writing.

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