That’s not writing

“That’s not writing, that’s typewriting.”
                —Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac

“That’s not writing, that’s plumbing.”
                —Samuel Beckett on William S. Burroughs

            That’s not writing, that’s typing.
            That’s not writing, that’s someone else typing.
            That’s not writing, that’s googling.
            That’s not writing, that’s blogging.
            That’s not writing, that’s wasted, unproductive, tweaking time.
            That’s not writing, that’s stupid.
            That’s not writing, that’s a coloring book.
            That’s not writing, that’s coming up with ideas.
            That’s not writing, that’s waiting.
            That’s not writing, that’s a mad scribble.
            That’s not writing, that’s printing and lettering.
            That’s not writing, that’s tape-recording.
            That’s not writing, that’s word-processing.
            That’s not writing, that’s following the herd.
            That’s not writing, that’s copying and pasting.
            That’s not writing, that’s directing.
            That’s not writing, that’s using high-“polluting” words to confuse readers.
            That’s not writing, that’s aggregating, and there are already plenty of aggregators out there.
            That’s not writing, that’s printing.
            That’s not writing, that’s art.
            That’s not writing, that’s Tourettes.
            That’s not writing, that’s posing.
            That’s not writing, that’s button-mashing, and anyone can do that.
            That’s not writing, that’s vandalism.
            That’s not writing, that’s acting.
            That’s not writing, that’s blabbing.
            That’s not writing, that’s hiking.
            That’s not writing, that’s just a knife he’s using to eat pie with.
            That’s not writing, that’s bullying.
            That’s not writing, that’s dentistry.
            That’s not writing, that’s just endless blathering.
            That’s not writing, that’s yelling.
            That’s not writing, that’s butchery!
            That’s not writing, that’s a fortune cookie!
            That’s not writing, that’s emoting
            That’s not writing, that’s just dressing it up after.
            That’s not writing, that’s just playing around.
            That’s not writing, that’s daydreaming.
            That’s not writing, that’s showing off.
            That’s not writing, that’s keyboarding.
            That’s not writing, that’s calligraphy.
            That’s not writing, that’s mindless pasting.
            That’s not writing, that’s an action flick.
            That’s not writing, that’s a puddle.
            That’s not writing, that’s a tragedy.
            That’s not writing, that’s assembly line mass production.
            That’s not writing, that’s transcribing.
            That’s not writing, that’s computer-generated text.
            That’s not typing, that’s data entry.

~DEREK BEAULIEU

Comment