What counts as ‘writing’?

I’ve been wondering about this question for some time. As writers and thinkers, what do you count as writing practice? Do you only count those words that might be published or read by someone else? Do you only count your academic writing, your fiction writing or your short essays on history as good practice?

Or, perhaps, is all writing a good practice for writers? Do the carefully worded emails teach you to invent metaphors you hadn’t thought of before? Do your funny texts make their way into your stories? Does your shopping list ring poetic?

I was reading through some notes I made about 8 years ago when I was in the process of moving to the U.K. They are incredibly well written and well observed. Because they are notes and include lists of international moving companies, pet carriers and the numbers of flat finders in London, they are also careless, thoughtless and as such rather vibrant.

So what counts?

Elisha


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