from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of one who writes.
- n. Written form: Put it in writing.
- n. Handwriting; penmanship.
- n. Something written, especially:
- n. Meaningful letters or characters that constitute readable matter.
- n. A written work, especially a literary composition.
- n. The occupation or style of a writer.
- n. Bible The third of the three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures, composed of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles. See Table at Bible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of write.
- n. Graphism of symbols such as letters that express some meaning.
- n. Something written, such as a document, article or book.
- n. The process of representing a language with symbols or letters.
- n. A work of an author.
- n. The style of writing of a person.
- n. Intended for or used in writing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or art of forming letters and characters on paper, wood, stone, or other material, for the purpose of recording the ideas which characters and words express, or of communicating them to others by visible signs.
- n. Anything written or printed; anything expressed in characters or letters.
- n. Any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, or the like.
- n. Any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary production; a book.
- n. An inscription.
- n. Handwriting; chirography.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The recording of words or sounds in significant characters; in the most general sense, any use of or method of using letters or other conventional symbols of uttered sounds for the visible preservation or transmission of ideas; specifically, as distinguished from printing, stamping, incision, etc., the act or art of tracing graphic signs by hand on paper, parchment, or any other material, with a pen and ink, style, pencil, or any other instrument; also, the written characters or words; handwriting; chirography.
- n. The state of being written; recorded form or expression: as, to put a proposition in writing; to commit one's thoughts to writing.
- n. That which is written, or in a written state; a record made by hand in any way; a paper or instrument wholly or partly in manuscript; an inscription.
- n. A production of the pen in general; a literary or other composition; any expression of thought in visible words; a scripture.
- n. The expression of thought by written words; the use of the pen in conveying ideas; literary production.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of creating written works
- n. (usually plural) the collected work of an author
- n. letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language
- n. the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
- n. the activity of putting something in written form
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If you're writing nonfiction or memoir or something where craft is second to the information or story being conveyed then by all means have the actual *writing* part tightened up by a professional.
We take this opportunity of again begging correspondents who write to us on several subjects to oblige us by writing on separate papers; and_ (_which does not refer to_ A. L.) _by writing_ plainly, _more particularly_ proper names _and_ quotations.
I then showed it to the best experts in handwriting attached to the office, and called on outsiders to test their skill; but what the writing meant, _if it was writing_, was a conundrum that we all gave up.
I mean -- that you should put down in writing _all_ outgoings, and in such a way as you, or I, might easily reckon them up: I mean, so as to see what _each_ amounts to -- No man's Memory can be trusted in such matters; and I think that _your_ Memory (jostled about, as you say, with many different calls, [_sic_ no close to parenthesis] needs to have _writing_ to refer to.
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A better basis than speaking for the metaphor of voice in writing is singing.
I suspect the only rule in writing is that there are no rules to writing.
Also, visiting the library to see that my books, amongst all those novels available to the public, are being chosen and signed out reminds me that my writing is worthy of the time and energy I invest in writing my novels. on 29 Jan 2009 at 12: 03 am Julie Layne
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The lack of brilliance in the writing translates as unimpressive behavior among the crew.
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