writing

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Nouns
1. writing, chirography, calligraphy, pencraft, penmanship, hand, handwriting, script, longhand, shorthand, picture writing, uncial writing; boustrophedon, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Hangul, Kufic, kana, kanji, romaji, WadeGiles, pinyin, cuneiform, rune, hieroglyph[ic], ideogram, ideograph, graffiti; epigraphy; romanization, transliteration; letter, grapheme, logogram, phonogram, phraseogram, pictograph, syllabary; alphabet; black and white; stroke of the pen, pen and ink; shorthand, stenography, typewriting; cryptography, code, steganography; pneumatography, spirit writing; graphology; cacoethes scribendi. See speech, publication, description.
2. (bad penmanship) cacography, bad hand, illegible hand, scribble, scrawl; writer's cramp. Slang, hen tracks. See unintelligibility.
3. word, syllable, phrase, sentence, paragraph; prose, poetry.
4. manuscript, codex, document, ms., mss., copy, transcript, rescript, typescript, rough copy or draft; fair copy; autograph, monograph, holograph.
5.
a. writing paper, parchment, manila [paper], newsprint, onionskin, rice paper, bond [paper]; papyrus; tablet.
b. pencil, pen; fountain, ball[point], felt-tip, laundry, etc. pen; manual, electric, or electronic typewriter, printer, dot-matrix or daisy-wheel printer, draft- or letter-quality printer.
6.
a. writer, author[ess], litterateur, essayist, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, dramatist, poet; editor; lexicographer, annotator, commentator; journalist, newspaperman, critic, reviewer, correspondent; hack [writer], ghostwriter; librettist; screenwriter; scribe, amanuensis, scrivener, secretary, clerk, stenographer, stenotypist, penman, copyist, transcriber; typewriter, typist; calligrapher. Informal, freelance, inkslinger, penny-a-liner. Slang, bomber.
b. authorship, composition.
Verbs — write, pen, copy, engross; write out, transcribe; scribble, scrawl, scratch; interline; write down, record, sign; compose, indite, draw up, dictate; inscribe, dash off, draft, formulate; take pen in hand; typewrite, type; write shorthand.
Adjectives — writing, written, holographic, manuscript; shorthand, stenographic; in writing, in black and white; uncial, runic, cuneiform, hieroglyphic, hieratic; handwritten, cursive, printed, lettered; legible; Spencerian, backhand.
Phrases — the style is the man; the art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
Quotations — When we see a natural style, we are quite surprised and delighted, for we expected to see an author and we find a man (Pascal), The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first (Pascal), Writing, when properly managed... is but a different name for conversation (Laurence Sterne), A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction (Virginia Woolf), I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking (Christopher Isherwood), Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness (Georges Simenon), Good prose is like a window-pane (George Orwell), A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author (G. K. Chesterton), There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein (Red Smith).
Antonyms, see speech, printing.
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(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. corresponding with, in touch with, writing to; see contact v.
n.
1. [The practice of writing]
Syn. transcribing, inscribing, reporting, corresponding, letter-writing, copying, typewriting, penmanship, script, lettering, printing, calligraphy, graphology, grammatology, grammatography, signing, autographing, stenography; see also shorthand , typing .
2. [Anything written]
Syn. literature, written matter, document, composition, article, poem, prose, paper, theme, editorial, discourse, essay, thesis, dissertation, book, manuscript, novel, play, literary production, scenario, drama, piece, work, signature, letter, pamphlet, tract, treatise, disquisition, comment, commentary, review, recitation, certificate, record, bill, bit, item, piece; see also copy .
3. [The occupation of a writer]
Syn. journalism, reporting, literature, authorship, freelance writing, professional writing, auctorial pursuits, the pen, the fourth estate, creative writing, novel-writing, verse-writing, feature-writing, newspaper work, the writers' craft, literary artistry, ink-slinging*, pencil-pushing*, hack writing*, writing for the pulps*, writing for the slicks*, ghost-writing*.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. handwriting penmanship, longhand, calligraphy, printing, print.
2. composition work, publication, prose, fiction, novel, short story, poem, poetry, belles-lettres, nonfiction, letters, correspondence, article, editorial. ''All writing is a process of elimination.''—Martha Albrand. ''The art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.''—Mary Vorse.

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