Ernest Hemingway in Milan, 1918. Photo via Wickipedia

I love writing.  No, let me put it another way, I love words.  I’m thinking about this because in my morning Twitter check up I just happened to land upon the blog of Jennifer Liebowitz, formerly Burgess.  Reading through her posts I am moved by her transparency and impacted by the power of her words.  She is a skilled writer, and the way that she uses words to bring a lonely white page to life amazes me.

Writing is the one skill that I am grateful for.  Yet, I’m the first to admit that I’m not a great writer, but just an okay one.  There are people who take the written word to a whole new level, and while I aspire to be able to do that, it’s still far from me.  To me, writing is a struggle.  But in this day and age, writing is a necessity.  Content is king, after all.  And in spite of all of our advances in technology, the ancient form of communication via writing is more important than ever.

I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately because I’ve been reading; well- well listening via, to the book What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (affiliate link).  It’s an anthology of articles that Gladwell had previously written for The New Yorker magazine.

Gladwell has a gift for writing that echoes the great writers of the past, Hemingway, Bradbury, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, although Gladwell focuses on nonfiction.

Using a blank page as a canvas and the written word as his paint, Gladwell paints pictures of people, events, and ideas that captivate his reader.  When reading Gladwell’s work I can feel my brain cells literally dance from excitement for he has a way to awaken them in ways that other writers haven’t.  I don’t fall in love with Gladwell, but I fall in love with his words, as an art collector falls in love with an original Monet.    I anticipate each word with sheer delight, marveling at how he intertwines the words to create a masterpiece of writing, a literal work of art.

Of all the things I learned in high school and college, I’m thankful for learning how to write, every day.

What do you think about writing?  Do you love it?  Hate it?  Who are your favorite writers, bloggers, and authors?  I’m always looking for the best of the best.  Share them here.