We are The Writer’s Chat Room and we have been around at least since NetScape.
When I was coming up with the topic for chat I began to think about the word, “Writing.”
Is it a thing? An action? Something we can hold in our hands? When does writing begin? With the Second Grade Girl who is about to illustrate and print on “What did you do during Summer Vacation?”
Is writing the first crayon marks on the bedroom wall, all leggy and uneven? Or maybe it is the sketch in the dirt beside the carport?
I looked it up on Wikipedia and will copy just the opening of the article for you here. Follow the link to see the whole thing, then come to the chat room on Sunday and share your ideas on writing.
Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language with signs and symbols. For languages that utilize a writing system, inscriptions can complement spoken language by creating a durable version of speech that can be stored for future reference or transmitted across distance. Writing, in other words, is not a language, but a tool used to make languages readable. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader.