Asking me to answer “What counts as writing?” is like asking me to answer “What counts as art?”. My first temptation is to answer “anything”, but I know I don’t really believe that.
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Calligraphy… I was shocked to see calligraphy mentioned as a form of writing. Though calligraphy is very clearly written, it is appearance rather than content or purpose that identifies calligraphy.
Murals… Like calligraphy, murals are also identified by appearance. However, an effective mural has meaning. It tells a story.
Calligraphy… I don’t think calligraphy can tell a story. Or maybe it can. Maybe different styles of calligraphy can portray different emotions. Maybe a jagged font could portray anger. Maybe a soft, rounded font could portray happiness. And maybe an exaggerated sized font could portray excitement.
Murals… Murals are art, though. Art that is very clearly not written. Murals are painted or drawn or printed. Does writing have to be written? I think it does.
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I think writing has to be written, but not always by hand. Writing can be typed and still be writing. But written words that have no purpose and tell no story aren’t writing. They are written and nothing else.