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.