By Joseph Cox
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The quote above has been dear to my heart for some time now, and I’ve used it to structure not only my partial leadership of this blog but also my research, writing projects, and class writings. In the past few years, I’ve rarely, if ever, written something solely because I needed a grade or had to create a filler article for the blog while another writer was struggling with other tasks. Everything I write has a piece of me in it and helps me find the parts of myself that were previously unknown to me. I continue writing to keep discovering more about myself and who I am as a person.
In the first official Infinite Wisdom meeting, I addressed the newest group of staff writers and made a simple point: “I don’t care about this blog… I care about each of you.” I said this point not because I aimed to create a nonchalant environment for the blog but because writing shouldn’t come from a forced place. Everyone should be free to express the stories they have tucked within themselves without judgement or censorship and grow with each post that’s submitted. Looking back, the viewers of the blog can see Rachael’s thought provoking, heart-wrenching, posts that began as only a textbook, high-school formula essay. Victoria’s posts have ranged from the construction of new worlds, both within the mind and outside of it, to her newfound understanding of God. Jade’s work is constructed with quips, words, and rhyme schemes that have a quick, wispy, bite to them – which never fail to impress me. Sabrina, the mechanical engineer, has demonstrated her love for music and written on the things that make her human, whenever she isn’t forced to endure the many burdens of calculus. Sam’s gone from using sentences that have four subjects and five verbs in them to establishing cogent arguments that transform the world into a better place, even if it is through only a few readers, and, finally, Jay has become an effective leader who shares his love for the blog and for storytelling in every meeting.
In short, you, as the viewer, have had the opportunity to witness the many points, stories, and personal anecdotes our many writers have brought forward, but I can see where the stories come from. I watched as Rachael overcame the bulimia that had plagued her, Victoria found the group of friends that brought her closer to God, Jade proudly proclaimed the odd writing projects she was undertaking, Sabrina nervously presented her first articles, Sam pounded away at the keyboard for hours, and Jay hesitantly spoke publicly in our first meetings together. I’m both honored and proud to work with every writer here.
Here’s my point, I’ve promised in the past, as I will happily promise again, that participating in Infinite Wisdom, either as a viewer or writer, will increase your writing ability, but that ability has never been why I joined this blog. Writing isn’t about where to put commas, what a grammatical antecedent is, or how to use a hyphen. Rather, it’s about the wonderful art that’s constructed from the implementation of those techniques, the safe-haven that construction can create for anyone willing to try it, and, most importantly, it’s about finding yourself in the pages, whether it be the blank writing space in front of you or the stories of another. The words may make you a better writer, sure, but what matters is bettering, and coming to know, the person typing the words.
I hope you will join us.