The Need for Text

The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.

                                                              F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reading Ong has made me very curious about orality and how it transitioned to literacy. That is why  I loved this quote as it reflects the fact that essence of writing grows out of orality. Text is but image of what I say – making it permanent. A commitment to what I have said . So there is no denial  or modifications. It is the   concrete version of my abstract thoughts and sounds. It is the proof of what I thought and said. In its creation the text provides that pause that lets my mind wander ahead and create more thought – which I then continue to change to words – to say and write.

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