What is writing?

  • (noun): (usually plural) the collected work of an author.
    Example: "The idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Writing is the representation of language in a textual medium through the use of a set of signs or symbols (known as a writing system). It is distinguished from illustration, such as cave drawing and painting, and non-symbolic preservation of language via non-textual media, such as magnetic tape audio.

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Kawaii - History - Cute Handwriting
... in the 1970s as part of a new style of writing ... pencils produced very fine lines, as opposed to traditional Japanese writing that varied in thickness and was vertical ... and they added little pictures to their writing, such as hearts, stars, smiley faces, and letters of the Latin alphabet ...
Double Indemnity (film) - Production - Writing
... did The Lost Weekend, a depressing film about a writer who has trouble writing." Lost Weekend was a distinguished offspring for the reconciled couple — they left Oscar night with three Awards ...
Don DeLillo - Early Life and Influences
... As a teenager, DeLillo wasn't interested in writing until taking a summer job as a parking attendant, where hours spent waiting and watching over vehicles led to a reading ... age of reading, in my 20s and my early 30s, and then my writing began to take up so much time" ... influence on DeLillo's earliest attempts at writing in his late teens ...
History of Writing - Dacia (Romania)
... The origin and the timing of the writings are widely disputed, because there are no precise evidence in situ, the slabs cannot be carbon dated, because of the bad treatment of the Cluj ... However, the presence of influences of Greek, Phoenician and Etruscan in the writings, make it unlikely that they date from this period ...
Bliss Carman - Writing - Later Work
... "Much of Carman's writing in poetry and prose during the decade preceding World War I is as repetitive as the title of Echoes from Vagabondia (1912) intimates" says the DCB ...

More definitions of "writing":

  • (noun): The activity of putting something in written form.
    Example: "She did the thinking while he did the writing"
    Synonyms: committal to writing
  • (noun): The work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect).
    Example: "The writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
    Synonyms: written material, piece of writing
  • (noun): Letters or symbols written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language.
    Example: "He turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show"; "the doctor's writing was illegible"

Famous quotes containing the word writing:

    It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
    Raymond Chandler (1888–1959)

    All writing comes by the grace of God, and all doing and having.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    There is a difference between dramatizing your sensibility and your personality. The literary works which we think of as classics did the former. Much modern writing does the latter, and so has an affinity with, say, night-club acts in all their shoddy immediacy.
    Paul Horgan (b. 1904)