"I write for the same reason that I breathe, because if I didn't, I would die" ~Isaac Asimov~

Stenographer Fern Hobbs

What are writers? According to Webster's Dictionary, they are people who write such as authors. A writer is anyone who can put words to paper in such a way as to bring the imaginations of others to the forefront of their minds. Some writers can create elaborate worlds and characters that seem to defy the limitations of reality. Others have the ability to bring all the facts of the world to light within the pages of their books.

The first signs of using depictions to convey messages goes back some 30,000 to 50,000 years or more. Cave walls and cliff faces have been used for telling tales of great hunts and the struggle between man and the natural world. Archaeologists have found thousands of stones and animal bones marked with scratches that some think either portray the phases of the moon or the migration patterns of large animals.

Pictographs have long been used as a form of writing, and some scientists believe that the first actual forms of writing come from about 9,000 years ago. The first real forms of systematic writings come from the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians. Most people recognize the forms of Egyptian Hieroglyphics, but may not realize that the Sumerians had a system all their own called Cuneiform. This form of writing was done with a reed stylus which formed the triangular forms that would eventually come to be known as a written language.

Sumerian Cuneiform

As time went on, the forms of writing went from pictographs, to reed indentations, to the rough beginnings of what we now call our alphabet. The ancient Greeks and Romans were the ones who gave us that basics to our modern alphabetic systems. There were also some of the greatest story tellers of their day. They wrote about heroes and gods and fantastic beasts that roamed that lands in their own distant pasts. They took the form of writing to new levels and gave us some of the greatest stories that have ever been told.

Greek Writing

Today, just about every culture around the world teaches their children how to write. And in just about every corner of the world, you can find a group of people who see writing as more than just a way to put thought to paper. They see it as a way to enhance the world, to create their own pieces of history, and to stake their claim in society.

At Info Barrel, writers are the people who show the rest of the world the where to's, the how to's and the why for's. They are the minions who drive this site onward and upwards. They are the future of possibilities and the reason behind our success. They are the ones who tell the world what's going on, what's already happened, and where we go from here. They're not just the people behind the articles, they are the writers.