Kimberly A. McKenzie-Klemm
After twenty years writing and publishing fiction and ten years of non-fiction work, I have arrived at an author’s need within the writers’ industry to return some words of understanding to emerging beginners and writing community participants. The work of a writer, as I have known to embrace the definition in both fiction and non-fiction genres, is to endeavor for creativity; emotion; languages; ideologies; theories and facts within formed compositions of words and to deliver depictions of interpretable, understandable tangible or intangible situations. A writer obtains vocational craft through talent, skills, education and experience. Writing as a basic capability is not the foundation of a writing vocation, career or job. Without work or effort willfully engaging in the writing process, words simply written to fill pages resemble rambling conversations. The writing process includes the elements of drafting, revisions, re-writing and editing but varies in personal adaptations across individual writers. Writers implement required expanded skill tools beyond the basic writing task, enabling structural compositions demandable and publishable while incorporating pen to page as the central singular job role function.
As an author, part of my passion in writing results from the crafting of sentences, phrases and paragraphs for clear intended communication through written language. Because languages differ in symbol interpretations, cultural proficiencies are required skill sets for successful writers within any given language. A writer’s pen works within a language to define clear communication of intention through content. The gift of languages differs from the gift of words as easily described as observing that a tongue is not a hand. Words are language symbols of thought expression. Writing demands ownership of created communicated thought by writer’s choices on the pages. Writing process decisions deliberate methods of material development and composition style or expressions, also essential within writers’ choices for original wiring product requirements. Use of words and languages chosen forms develops communication between the written pages and readers.
With an eye and an ear for best works usually finding some sort of publication, professional writers hold or fall on merits intertwined within the writing product purpose, method and message despite popularity. Readers and critics find middle ground, when considering writers’ techniques, creativity, style and expertise, between concrete analysis and opinion or taste. A writer’s works produced for job level production are evaluated and challenged both subjectively and objectively weighted, when fair, equally under each type of supporting value used for retention and sustainment of a published written product.
A lifetime of work in the vocation of writing has demanded of me that my passion for words embrace and understand the writing process, writing industry and continually use my gifts and skills to improve my contributions of pen to page. Standards and supported value have brought clarity to my creativity. Viewpoints form on the questions, philosophies, and developments that occur through continued pursuit of communication crafted into published writing product. While our viewpoints do not all agree within each writers’ community, individual prospection is consideration for forging the path forward in ink.