In response to the following prompt in a graduate class I am taking: "What is writing, and what do writers do?"
Writing is taking pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, spray can to wall, making a mark. Writing captures ideas in flight, otherwise ephemeral, and gives them solid form. Writing leaves a trail, whether in iambic pentameter or in fragments, that says "I WUZ HERE." It communicates without sound, resonates through symbols. Writers scratch out these symbols in order to be heard. There is a desperation to this scratching, a plea: "You too?" It is a reaching out to graze the fingertips of gods.