A salute to writers of the past, present and future

writers1Let us imagine for a moment that we live in a world where writers do not exist. We express our thoughts verbally or by gesticulating, but no words are recorded for posterity.

There are storytellers who entertain us with impromptu tales. Mimes are the new Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Daily local news is dispatched by word of mouth but becomes diluted and distorted, as usually happens when the masses pass information verbally. And telephone companies are rolling in more dough than ever!

booksBut there are no writers. Imagine that.

There would be no books. No Lewis Carroll, Hans Christian Andersen, Beatrix Potter, or C.S. Lewis to fuel our imaginations. No word pictures from the past painted by Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman or Tennyson or Wordsworth. No Edgar Allen Poe or Bram Stoker or Mary Shelley to chill our spines. No Tolkien, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne or Mark Twain to sweep us away on amazing adventures. No Louisa May Alcott, Harper Lee or E.B. White to bring us to tears and laughter. No runaway romances, funny anecdotes, or science fiction to entertain us. I wouldn’t have enough space to list all the authors from yesteryear and present day whose thoughts and ideas would never have connected with ours.

No biographies or memoirs to give us a glimpse into the fascinating lives others have led. No history books to take us on great journeys back in time. No geography books to transport us to places we’ll never be able to see on our own. No science books to expose us to worlds we can’t even begin to imagine. No special-interest books to inspire us to learn new activities.

magazinesNo magazines with articles that entertain and teach us. No Good Housekeeping or Reader’s Digest or Popular Mechanics or Psychology Today. No National Geographic or Sports Illustrated or Prevention. No People Magazine or Fortune. No newspapers to keep us informed about the world around us. No comic books filled with scenarios featuring larger-than-life heroes.

No greeting cards or letters. No advertising to help us make choices.

No song lyrics on record. No theatre, television or movie scripts.dictionary comic card

No manuals to instruct us. No dictionaries or encyclopedias or famous quotations.

Consider the impact that writers throughout the ages have had on our lives. Writers make work of seeking out and compiling information about the things that we wonder about but don’t have the time or resources to seek out on our own. Writers use their skills to transform rough ideas into vivid pictures that will teach, entertain and inspire. Writers keep the era that they live in alive in the minds of future generations.writers2

Writers live with constant rejection—it’s the nature of the work. But today, I’d like to take a moment to praise and raise a toast to writers everywhere—those from the beginning of time, those today, and those of the future.

Bottoms up!

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9 Comments

  1. myeagermind said,

    October 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Lenora's Culture Center and Foray into History.

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  2. October 23, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    That first paragraph gave me shivers! What a great imagination you have. There’s probably a story behind how your thoughts travelled to create this post. It really is a difficult concept to comprehend but you have pretty much nailed it here.

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  3. Les Mason said,

    September 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Yes, it’s true none of the books mentioned above would exist without writers, but we still would have had The Odyssey and Iliad as Homer was illiterate. He recited his epic stories to his “readership”. Some scribe eventually wrote them down.

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  4. September 10, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Here here!

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  5. Erica Herd said,

    September 9, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you for writing this. I don’t know where I’d be without books. Life would be bleak and quite diluted.

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  6. greg1948 said,

    September 9, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I saw that movie–Fahrenheit 451–where all books were illegal, and rebels memorized them for recitation.

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