Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How Many Words Would a Writer-Person Write if a Writer-Person Could Write Words?

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am.

I mean, I live in the world that I live in. Frankly, it doesn't get much better than that. Thank goodness I wasn't born in a country where females are viewed as property, and therefore not worth educating. Thank goodness I wasn't born into a place where books don't exist, or a time where only the rich could read because only the rich could afford books. Or with a disability that would mean the same things.

Of course, there's always the oral tradition. This post isn't about that, though.

It's just a concept that I've been philosophizing to myself about today. What would happen if everyone (and I mean everyone) in the world could write a story?

Tell me what you think. Do you think things would be any different, or would they stay pretty much the same?


  1. They'd stay more or less the same I think. The only difference would be how the social strata get figured out.

  2. I think we live in a cool age where a lot of people are writing. There are so many more ideas floating around than there were pre-Gutenberg. I guess that's why the Catholic Church kind of freaked out about what was flying off the printing press, eh?

  3. I don't think the world would change that much. If everyone wrote a story I doubt any of us would have time to read all of them. Isn't that what most stories are about anyways? The things in people that never change?

  4. Oh, I think they'd be different. Not sure how, but maybe writing wouldn't be so magical? Books wouldn't mean as much? Stories would be commonplace?

  5. I think it'd be worse -- there's already too much clutter (and too many people) -- that's my positive thought for the day :). Bane out.

  6. I agree with Bane. Too much clutter. And then the really good writing will be hard to find because it's covered up by the clutter.