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Cogito, Ergo Scribo

September 2, 2016

Cogito, ergo scribo: I think, therefore I write. It seems like a simple enough statement.

For over 55 years I have been a professional writer. Over this expanse of time I have often been asked, “Why do you write?” My simple reply has always been, “Because I think.” Writing is an extension of our thinking process and our attempt to share those thoughts with others. Yes, there are those writers who do not wish to share their thoughts. Emily Dickinson comes to mind. She was content to keep her poems to herself for many years. However, in the end she did share them with us. Even a dear diary entry is in fact designed to be shared; in the writer’s mind, it is often shared with an alter-ego or intended to be shared with one’s self at a later date. Anne Frank’s diary is such an example.

The connection between thinking and writing is uniquely human. Ancient Neanderthals wrote stories of hunting on cave walls to share their cognitive processes with all who would gaze at the drawings for eons. Today, virtually any person can be an author via the internet and social media. But perhaps the equation has altered just a bit. The millennials tend to write and then think; perhaps their mantra should be, Scribo ero cogito.

In whatever order, it is certainly heartening to see that many of us are still thinking and writing. It is after all, what makes us part of the same species.

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