Why so Many People Want to Be Writers



لم يكن لأي عصرٍ آخر أن يكون فيه هذا العدد الكبير
من الأشخاص ذي الطموح القوي والخفيّ لأن يكونوا كُتَّابًا. إن تلهفك لإصدار كتابٍ يومًا ما، رواية ربّما أو باحتمال أقل
سيرة ذاتية يكمن في قلب الطموحات المعاصرة. وهذا على أحد المستويات تطور كبير مُرحَّب به، ونتيجة لانتشار محو الأمية ومستوى التعليم العالي والتركيز الجدير على قوة الكتب في تغيير الحياة. ولكن بالنظر إليه من زاوية أخرى،
قد يكون أيضًا بشكل خاص نتيجةً لما هو عرضيٌّ أكثر: وباء العزلة والوحدة. إن جيش الوكلاء الأدبيين والرواد والمحررين
ومدربي الكتابة لا يشهدون فحسب على حبنا للأدب وإنما أيضًا بغير عمد على موجةٍ غير معالجة من العزلة المؤلمة. بالطبع، ثمة أسباب عديدة وراء رغبتنا بالكتابة، ولكن الخيار الأبسط قد يكون هو الأوسع انتشارًا: نحن نكتب لأن لا أحد بالقرب ليستمع.
تبدأ رغبتنا بتدوين ذكرياتنا ومشاعرنا على صفحةٍ وإرسالها للعالم الأرحب،
لأن أصدقاءنا لا يريدون إزعاج أنفسهم بالاستماع إلينا، ولأن شركاءنا مشغولي البال، ولأنه قد مرّ وقت طويل مُذْ منحَنا أي شخص وقتًا لا يقطعه شيء
يحظى حضورنا فيه بالاحترام والانتباه. باختصار، لأننا وحيدون للغاية. والكتابة، رغم أنها قد تبدأ مع تجارب من البهجة
أو المغامرة الفكرية غير المبالية، فإنها تعود بأصولها أيضًا إلى القنوط والخزي والافتقار لشخص تبكي على كتفه. تحدث حين نصرخ طويلُا طلبًا للمساعدة ولا يأتي أحد،
فنتحرق بهدوء لكتابة روايةٍ بدلًا عن ذلك. قد تكون الكتابة هي الحلّ الحالي لطموحٍ أكثر تأثيرًا وحِدّة: أن نُسمَع وأن نُحتَوى وأن نُحتَرم
وأن تُؤًول مشاعرنا وأن يُخفف عنّا وأن نُعرَف ونُقَدَّر. صاغ الكاتب الفرنسي غوستاف فلوبير ذلك بأبسط صورة: إن كان سعيدًا بالحب وهو في الثامنة عشرة، لما أراد أن يصبح كاتبًا قط. في بداية رحلة الغرب إلى الوعي بالذات، نلتقي بالشخصية البارزة سقراط، والذي يطرح رأيًا لافتًا للنظر: ليست الكتابة أمثلَ ما ينبغي
للأشخاص المفكرين أن يقضوا وقتهم في ممارسته. بالنسبة لسقراط؛ الكتابة بديل وتقليد باهت للنداء الباطني الحقيقيّ فينا وهو الكلام شخصيًا مع رفقائنا من البشر في وقتٍ حقيقي، غالبًا بصحبة كوب من الشراب على الطاولة أو أثناء مشينا على الميناء أو أداء بعض التمارين في صالة الألعاب الرياضية، الكلام عمَّا يهم حقًّا. إن ميلاد الأدب، في نظر العالَم السقراطيّ، هو ببساطة
عَرَضٌ للعزلة الاجتماعية وإدانةٌ لمجتمعاتنا. حتى وإن وجدنا أن الأدب هو أرقى البدائل
وأنه أفضل من أي أختراع آخر على الإطلاق، فإن ثمة ما يدفعنا لإدراك أن البديل هو ما أمكنَ أن يكون في المقام الأول؛ الكلام. وأن الكتابة من نواحٍ بعينها فعلُ انتقاميٌّ مهذب وبارع للغاية تجاه عالم مشغول للغاية عن سماعنا،
وأنّنا لم نكن لننمي ذلك الطموح الكتابيّ الشرس لو لم نكن قد خُذِلنا بدايةً من قِبل أولئك الذين احتجنا كثيرًا أن نعوّل عليهم. إن قليلًا من الوعي المُدرِكِ للكتابةِ كتعويض قد يمنحنا قوةً للاعتراف بألمنا غير المتبادل لصالح مزيدٍ من صيغ التواصل العميق. وأيًّا يكن الرضا الذي تمنحك إياه الكتابة وحيدًا على السرير، فإنه لا ينبغي لنا أن نكفّ بسهولة ونتخلى عن نشوةِ الفهم والتعاطف المتبادل. ليس من السهل كتابة رواية لائقة. والأصعب إحاطة نفسك
بالأصدقاء الحقيقيين، ولكن ذلك مُجزٍ أكثر في النهاية. ومن وجهة النظر هذه، فإن عالمًا أفضل قد
يكون عالمًا أردنا فيه بحماسة أقل أن نكون كُتَّابًا، لأننا قد نَمَوْنا بشكل جماعيّ فيه فنكون أفضل في أن نَسمع ونُسمَع. قد يكون خسران الأدب في نهاية الأمر مكسبًا للإنسانيّة. شكرًا للمشاهدة، فضلًا اشترك في القناة
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43 thoughts on “Why so Many People Want to Be Writers

  1. What makes you want to create? Let us know in the comments or we have a discussion going on right now on our app available free here: https://goo.gl/ptzhzu

  2. I want to write to bring more love stories for gay men into the world since we need more in the world…that's all the reason I need…well that and I enjoy writing.

  3. writing as symptomatic of the crisis of modernity, perhaps civilization itself. The idea rings true in so many ways.

  4. I feel in love with narrative video games , am addicted to them and get an extreme high from creating characters, worlds, and lore.

  5. I saw this and felt basic but the reasoning in this video is why I started blogging, but not why I wanted to write in general

  6. Yeah…. A lot of people tell me that I'm not talented enough to be a writer and I need to get a day job. I know that most people won't make a career as a writer, and I know I'm not talented enough to be a full time writer…. Unfortunately I made about 500-600 dollars from writing on average. I'm trying to find a job at a fast food restaurant but no one is hiring me. I have no experience but writing. People can say what they want… But im trying

  7. I can't begin to articulate how wrong this video is: not least, is there not irony in the fact that the School of Life has 'written' this video in the first place? Written because of a sense of isolation? Why not just talk about how pathological writing is over a glass of wine rather than write a YouTube video about it? I suspect even this sounds faintly ridiculous. Throughout history people have written because writing is a way of finding and ordering thoughts, of establishing a more durable form of conversation than is possible face-to-face. Writing allows for meditation, for generative ideas that cannot surface in the white heat of verbal conversation. Writing bridges and disrupts borders; it creates and brings down worlds. Should Harriet Beecher Stowe have simply chatted about slavery over afternoon tea with her friends in Connecticut? Should Virginia Woolf have stopped speaking about women's voices after giving her talk at Girton College, and never wrote A Room of One's Own? Given how little airtime writing is given at present — how little educational establishments value it — it's almost irresponsible of The School of Life further to undermine it via digging up an idea which has survived, oh, I wonder how? By writing!

  8. There are so many people wanting to write because its a simple mathematical problem, its not psychological, people have always been lonely, and will always be lonely, because we realize that we are in fact quite easy to destroy and shatter, and that terrifies us… but that's not my point, this is
    in 1920 the world population was about to reach 2 billion
    in 2019 the world population 7.7 billion,
    there are more people wanting to be writers today because there more people living in the world, that's why there is more of everything, more musicians, more actors, more doctors, more lawyers, more shops, more assholes,… the only kind of people who don't seem to be increasing at the same rate are only good people.

    so please, you are very smart, but not every solution is sophisticated or extremely profound, other times a simple answer is more than adequate….

  9. Because it's the easiest way to become rich and famous if you don't have the genetics to be an actor, athlete or singer.

  10. Not saying this video is 100% incorrect… however: 1.) Hey, asshole. Adhd is a great thing to have for a naturally creative mind. I don't need to be emotionally stunted, depressed and in dire need of everyone's attention to want to write an interesting story; 2.) Probably, this is the more important point. The video's bias should be blatantly obvious, what with it sporting a Jordan Peterson book. Silly people and silly psuedo-intellectualism.

  11. Lol I think most people just like writing cool fantasy worlds, or twisty plots etc. It's like dreaming when you are awake.

  12. After having read so many of the comments on this, I may or may not have something valuable to add to the discussion but I'm urged to try and convey something.
    I believe that the matter of the importance of literature and its manifestation in human life is not a notion very stressed on in this video as to why so many people(regardless of the absence of issuing what makes an authentic writer or the depiction of the word literature in this context) are aspiring to become writers in the modern world more than ever before. This notion in itself is very interesting and is worth of further inspection and what we see in the video is merely a try, a very insightful one indeed, to understand a reason of the possibly numerous reasons, why so many more of us are appealed to write.
    There is no wrong or right in writing because one ought to, because one wants to express their ideas and feelings and so forth and there is no condemnation to depression or degradation. However, it is important, at least for the School of Life point of view, to contemplate Why we ought to write, Why more people are aspiring to share their stories, feeling and thoughts through writing and if, perhaps that has something to do with our inner most essential nature or a certain lack in it. Again, it is done away from trying to underestimate literature or undermining those who write, but through a curiosity fueled by contemplation of the human psyche in the context of writing. Writing is not the consequence of unhappiness and that is not and cannot be stated, but, seen from this video's standing point it maybe a factor in why so many people Now are aspiring to become writers. Note that the aspiring writer's talent and passion are not at all issued in the video and I think that's the thesis behind the video's many statements. For something to be called literature and for someone to be called a writer, there's a complexity of definition that we need to acknowledge, especially those aspiring to become writers.
    It is not merely by depicting one's emotions and thoughts that one becomes a good writer writing what can be called literature. Having developed a certain and great sense of self knowledge, a good writer's literary talent and capacity lies in the realm of wholeness with life and its followings not in an individualistic identity depicting not only the selfishness of one's being but also possible unresolved psychological summations. Those of us who are aspiring to become writers should be very concerned with why they want to write and publish books. (not as a therapeutic method, neither for knowing a little bit more about themselves, not as if there's something wrong with that, you may find your self knowledge journey to be of great benefit to humanity, however generally speaking).
    That is to preserve the importance of inviting a true piece of literature that holds a humanity in it that is timeless, out of great contemplation, imagination and sympathy not merely to help ourselves cope with life and find consolation and comfort in writing and art in general.

  13. People write because they have been made to believe they can. Next they are made to believe they "have something to say" and that it is worth listening to. Then there are armies of people selling "courses in creative writing" that make people believe that somehow hundreds of people using the same tricks and techniques will stand out from the crowd. Then there are the agents and vanity publishers, etc., all of whom will encourage you to part with yet more money. Oh, yes, buy a software program that will help you do what you can do for nothing with a pen and a note book for a fraction of the money; or another program that will fix your grammar and spelling because you're too lazy to learn it yourself. Then there are the books, magazines, website subscriptions and work books to "help you plan your novel . . . ."

    I'd ask you to sign up for my course in how not to be gulled into spending money on people who think you have "potential to be a good writer," but it's over-subscribed.

  14. Beloved Fellow-Writers: You're Not The Problem!

    1:52 This soundbite needs to be inserted into a song and looped. I don't know the bands who do things like this now because I'm old, but Brian Eno or David Byrne come to mind… If I were God I'd ask Soundgarden w/ Chris Cornell to do it…

    2:38 What the Internet was in the very beginning ( minus the flesh part ) but then wasn't.
    What I keep hoping it can be again in some well-moderated community but it never is.
    What I went to SoL online to try and find, but didn't.

    3:00 The proliferation of writing isn't an illness or a problem. It's a sign. Relax, writing-people! You're not the problem! Socrates would drink the Hemlock enthusiastically in our world.

    4:02 try "impossible". Please, SoL, point me to the instructional video in how to "make ourselves heard".

    Literature's loss would be humanity's gain. But The Powers That Be don't seem to want humanity to develop. I'm pretty sure I saw a video on Hobbs by you in one of my "recommended" lists.. somewhere… was that you? Crippling The Leviathan seems to be Job #1 right now.
    Let our Society remain in Indictment.
    Don't pass the buck.

  15. This was too close to home 😂 I never thought my constant loneliness or seclusion could have been the reason why I like or want to write and we will add read and get lost in stories as well.

  16. You're so wrong- writers BEGIN this way sure but do you think they really END this way too? So so wrong, just be quiet.

  17. I want to write because I want to experience stories and worlds and characters different than I do everyday. I don’t feel lonely, but exceedingly bored.

  18. This makes so much sense to me. Consider my little fantasy or writing done. It's kind of a weight off the shoulders. Something I guess I have known for a long time but ignored.

  19. I already knew this, I have no friends so, boom writer😂 But I have always loved reading and writing, it’s so much fun creating something. Still, I understand what this video is getting at, social media and the internet are just extensions of writing and literature. Trust me, I’d love to have good friends, but reading and writing new and exciting ideas with friends is probably the best goal a writer can have and probably the best way to create a good story

  20. not the reverse?
    there not many people want to be a writer,
    especially with so many grammar nazis
    , literature bullying, perfect sentence master race, and other bullshit stuff out there

    people nowadays are more worried to be persecuted by the grammar nazi than to be
    heard by the world

    I met so many people want to be an actress, but I never met people who want to be a writer,
    so where did "so many people want to be writers" come from?

    probably what you mean is the philosophical writer, the thinker
    not fiction and non-fiction writer

    or probably what you mean are, " so many people want to be a programmer or writing code "

  21. Huh. Kind of makes me wonder if the people of the Bible, God or writers of other religious texts were just lonely.

  22. The problem is, that without literature our descendants will know nothing about us. Without literature knowledge would be lost.

  23. Writers are fake , later they ended up having child like Indians and have to feed food to there children , they start to write shit ? In simple , We humans are cowards , case solved 😂

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