Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Writing Meme

I've decided that today is a meme day. I've got two waiting for me in the pipeline, and today is the day.

For the first meme, the fabulously talented Jessica (check her out, folks – the woman is a brilliant writer) challenges me to describe my favorite kind of writing. Well, I know that it's definitely not technical writing... Seriously, though, it's a tough question. I love to write. I love to create perfect sentences, I love to watch my words flow and take on meaning. I am attracted to good writing and I seek out friendships with writers. The world of writers and writing turns me on, and it excites me to know that I have friends who are such gifted writers. Aside from wanting to be the first baseman for the New York Yankees, all I have ever really wanted to do is write, and I've been doing it for as long as I remember, even winning a few writing competitions sponsored by one of the local newspapers when I was growing up. That's me. A writer. Always. It's why I blog. It's why I've got constant inner turmoil as I try to figure out, at age 39 (almost), what I want to do with my life, what I want to be when I grow up.

To be honest, I'm not sure that I've got one genre that I favor above all others. I enjoy writing when I feel passionate about something, when specific incidents stir my emotions for either good or bad. I love to write about my son. I love to write in such a way that it affects others, makes them think. I love to write humorously, imagining the sounds of my friends' laughter as they read what I've written. I enjoy writing a good rant every now and then, anger and excitement working in my favor as words effortlessly spill all over the page, thoughts popping up faster than I can type. I love to write well. I derive immense pleasure from reading something I've written, knowing that I've managed to successfully convey whatever message I'd been trying to get across. I derive great pleasure from my writing, whether it be the act itself or the final product. I'm even pleased when I create well-written sentences for technical documentation, or when I've taken someone else's poorly content and turned it into clear, user-friendly text, even though I don't find a lot of joy in the overall creation of such documents.

What can I say? Writing, reading something well-written, and being around great writers all make my socks roll up and down. That's all there is to it, really. So, Jessica, I'm not sure how much this answers the meme, but it's what came out. Hope you like it!

For this meme, I tag TAFKA PP, Maryam and Tololy (who is having an extremely busy month, so I'll understand if she doesn't get to it right away, but I've tagged her anyway, because I think her answer will be very interesting. Whenever you get to it, my dear.).


jessica said...

I do like it, especially that you said "makes my socks roll up and down." I love that :) - what a way with words you have! I don't write well at all times, it's usually all or nothing. So i write a whole bunch one day, and then post it over the next week. there's a little secret - the rest of the week it's de la vrai merde!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I am packing my bags for a trip so I will just answer this meme here. My favorite genre of writing....hmmm.... I like to write all kinds of things, from children's stories to humor, to travel writing. I do a lot of policy analysis for my work and am currently writing a very academic book for a think tank. I am also a part-time journalist for a French language media outlet (human interest and politics) and a magazine editor covering lifestyle issues. So honestly, I like all kinds of writing and dabble a little in all of it....

I have never written any action pieces or horror. So I guess I am less diverse than I might be otherwise...And perhaps it's best that it stays that way:-)