Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of being one of the WRAC department’s Communication interns. I had the chance to work with an amazing group of people in this wonderful department, and I’ve expanded my experience in writing and working across several mediums so much that I don’t know what my skill set would look like now had I not applied for this internship last April. I’ve felt myself improve as a writer and even improve in my skills and knowledge working in the back end of a website or blog (here’s to you, WordPress).
One of my favorite websites is Thought Catalog. I can literally go on there and get lost for hours, sucked into the Thought Catalog Black Hole (as I call it) where I’ll read one article and then go down to the “More From Thought Catalog” (past the “From the Web” ads telling you to click the link to find more about what Kate Upton does in her free time. This is not a joke) and read something similar to what I just read. I save articles that I find inspiring or especially thought provoking; this list has expanded a lot in the past few months. An article I came across recently, though, I thought was appropriate subject material for my last post as a WRAC intern. Titled, “Black on White: Why We Write,” the author discusses why people keep writing, what’s happening to writing now in the 21st century (“The West is burning – the dream is gone. Or so they say. We’re all idiots. Sound bytes, sound bytes, everywhere, and no one stops to think.”), and some cynical advice he received, but how he doesn’t believe any of it.
Writers write because they love to write. I write because I love the idea of creating something new or different or something I hope might be thought provoking enough to have an impact on someone. I’ve done it since I was young, and I will most likely keep doing it throughout the rest of my college career and beyond. Even if I’m not working on some huge, mind-blowing project right now, I still find time to write because that’s who I am.
One of the last things the author says in his article is my favorite part:
“It’s a funny thing putting words on paper. So many jumbled thoughts. So many emotions and whims and desires and stories to tell and things you want people to know – maybe things they need to know. But that’s the writer’s art. You get a desk and a machine and 26 keys to do it – to make something. To put words down; words which will, strange at it seems, outlive you. We will die. Our shadows and dust will pass. But the words – the creations and works of our hands – they will remain, at least for a little while.”
These last lines are undeniably true. Whether we’re writing for the web, work, print, or pleasure, we’re always leaving some part of us behind, even for a little while. Isn’t that another reason we write? So my advice to you is keep reading, keep listening to everything, and keep writing because you never know when something like that will come in handy.