by Stuart Leventhal
time and freeze it so we can revisit it again and again, enjoying it at our will, exploring it, studying it further, sharing it and marveling at it to our hearts content. Writing is the grandest art form of all. For every writing masterpiece is really an infinite amount of unique masterpieces limited only by each reader’s mind and willingness to let their imagination loose.
All the other art forms rely on the creation of something physical and tangible; music the blending and orchestration of sounds, painting splashes of color, light and shadow, dance the visual dramatization of life in motion, sculpture texture, strength and vulnerability. All things an audience can admire from a far. Writing does not engage the senses directly relying on vision, smell, taste, touch or sound to bring it to life. Instead, writing
relies on audience participation for it to be activated. Only then can, all the five senses be evoked and stimulated inside the theaters of each individual reader’s mind.
At first glance writing is just meaningless symbols scribbled on paper. It takes effort and concentration just to decipher the
symbols into coherent textual stories or instruction or warnings or historic chronicles then the text must be read, thought about and interpreted into ideas and messages that complete the master piece.
The written word can recreate the scene of a concert. It can convey the emotional impact of the unveiling of a park statue, it surely can describe the beauty of the Mona Lisa. The written word can portray and preserve any and all the beauty or anger of all the other art forms combined.
Animals and even plants have been known to respond to
music. Certainly animals have been duped by sculptures. Fisherman have been using realistic lures for years as have duck hunters been using wooden carved ducks as decoys to hunt with as well as duck callers and moose callers. Dogs and
cats have been known to bark and claw at artist renditions of other animals and of course their squeaky toys. Many of earth’s creatures use mating dances to profess their attraction to the opposite sex. Perhaps the power of the written word comes from its being the only art form that is truly an all human art form; designed by man for man’s enjoyment and purposes. No other organism we know of could possibly understand a paragraph of writing yet possibly begin to grasp even a small percent of what is contained in the pages of just one 400 page novel.
Writing is truly one of the supreme gifts bestowed on
man. Writing is a uniquely human talent which opens doors for mankind which lead to unlimited opportunities and possibilities we have yet to grasp. Don’t you feel you owe it to yourself to discover all that writing, reading and literature have to offer?
The fields of writing are some of the noblest trades I know of.
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