Writing as an Act of Rebellion

©The Eloquent Word
©The Eloquent Word

Have you ever asked yourself why you’re compelled to write? What is it that makes you string words together into sentences, paragraphs, pages, whether it’s fiction, newspaper copy or a blog? I’d argue that you (and I) do it because, despite the popularity of video, writing is the dominant method of communication today.

But, writing is also intensely personal. Prior to the invention of the printing press and widespread literacy, information spread by word of mouth. And it was information that was meant for everyone, like edicts, announcements or religious instruction. Imagine trying to keep a diary in the age of oral tradition:

Somewhere in Medeaeval England, Helewys stands in her kitchen speaking aloud to herself, “Tarrowin segested he would be ryding to the next fiefdom all the nyght. Truely! Does he not realize I know he has been seeing Alice?”

Despite the blow that Helewys will soon deliver to Tarrowin’s head, ensuring that he won’t forget his transgression, Helewys’ spoken words will be forgotten. If she were alive today, Helewys would journal her feelings until she arrived at a place of peace, and perhaps even a decision to leave that no-good, cheating knight in rusty armour.

The act of writing transforms how we think about ourselves. By allowing us the space to write down our thoughts, feelings and daily events, it convinces us of the power, value and voice we own as individuals. To write is to open a door to our own need for rebellion.

Rebellion means to resist authority, control and convention. In India, author Banu Mushtaq encourages women to “write to demand space in all sections of society”. By recording their stories on paper, these women demand to be seen and heard.

Memoir is another example. It’s not only a key to remembering the past, but it can also be the best way to conquer, understand, change and move forward into a different future. An act of rebellion is a formative moment that helps us find and develop that voice inside us. It defines who we are and who we want to be. Writing reclaims your value as a human being.

For me, this blog is an act of rebellion. I like writing to deadlines and on demand about topics that aren’t always close to my heart. But here, I have the opportunity to let my mind meander through what are sometimes fairly esoteric ideas. Hopefully, by doing so, I can inspire some of you to come along with me. This is how I challenge the usual ways I’m asked to interpret the world.

How is your writing rebellious?


15 thoughts on “Writing as an Act of Rebellion

  1. heehee…i like how you use the word rebellion! I hadn’t thought of blogging as a type of rebellion re: topics/writings. It does feel more personal and you can set your own rules!

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  2. Rosemary…I like this post. My rebellion is writing what I like as opposed to what I have to. Working in Corporate Bahamas for over a decade, I wrote everything under the sun. From press releases, to Annual Report content, to brand communication, internal communication, videos, radio scripts, etc. This is the first time that I get to write to my heart’s content; speak with my voice, and I am having such a great time doing it! So that’s my rebellion.

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    1. Yes, I think you’re right. The words just flowed out as I typed. I did try blogging before the course, but wasn’t consistent at it because I wasn’t clear on the purpose. This course has, I think, helped clear that up a bit. So, I’d like to continue with it.

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      1. I am trying to decide whether to continue, too. I haven’t even got to the ‘best’ stuff, if I’m looking at if from a story point of view. But I have to be doing it for myself, as my readership is somewhat limited….still mulling it over.

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      2. On the contrary, I think there are so many people who are dealing with various kinds of chronic illness (silently or otherwise), and who would get a lot from your thoughts and experience.


      3. Thanks Rosemary. Love to discuss our blogs on Saturday!!! BTW, what part of the city do you live in? I’m coming on public transit and trying to find a ride in. If you’re driving, I’m happy to come to where you are.


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