Writing is collaborative

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.  -Samuel Johnson

Sometimes we write for ourselves in the corners of our minds or journals, but many times we write to share with others, our ideas, dreams, wonder. Many scholars and writers alike have contemplated writing as a discipline that incorporates as much social practice as it does private.

As a practice, writing thinks about audience, converses with readers—strangers—through lived experiences, creative wanderings, research, assumptions, and curiosity. There are exchanges between writers, readers, as we brush shoulders in the busy of our lives within the margins on the page. Somehow acknowledging that relationship, between the words and people reading and writing, is important,  transformative, shifting the assumptions of writing into something else less sole and static, to a practice with more collaborative intention.

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2 Comments on “Writing is collaborative”

  1. December 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    As a lifelong reader, I love the idea here that the reader is part of the creative process in a book’s life. I came upon your blog today and have so enjoyed reading your posts. Your words are rich and beautiful. I will be stopping by again to read again, with pleasure. Kind regards,

    • December 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by “life and write”. I do believe there is a special relationship between writing and reading, writers and readers. Great writers are first great readers. That exchange is creative and social, critical and reflective, beginnings of wonderful conversations. I appreciate your correspondence and look forward to continuing the conversation. Take good care and please stop back soon.

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