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 Category:  Writing Non-Fiction
  Posted: March 13, 2014      Views: 143

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Debbie Johnson was disabled in a car/semi accident in 2004. She writes as both therapy and to advocate for the disabled. She lives in Nevada, Iowa US with a very spoiled beagle. She has written three books, 'The Disability Experience,' 'T - more...

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"Are Writer's Dismissive (239 words)" by dejohnsrld (Debbie)

I had an interesting discussion this afternoon about whether writers are dismissive of the work of other writers. What I have found is that writers and poets are more accepting than the rest of the world who think putting letters on a page is writing--so I guess a grocery list, note to your family that you will be late, completing a questionnaire etc is writing. Just because you can physically put words on a page with ink, or keyboard an email means literacy, not creativity which is true writing. Non-writers are very dismissive of those who spend their days doing true writing. I have felt insulted for being a poet/writer by several non-writing friends and acquaintances to the point I often don't even mention to non-writers that I am having something published, received an award etc. I have felt that writers are much kinder than non-writers on the subject.

An example: I recently saw a new doctor (obviously a non-writer) who asked me how I spend my time since I don't work. I told him I write about disabilities and poetry. He looked at me like I was an idiot and repeated, "No, what do you do to fill your time?" I spend at least 8 hours a day reading and writing and told him so. He said he really thought I should find something to 'do' during the day. I think that says it all. (And, yes, I am looking for a different doctor).~Debbie


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