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Chapter 1. Why Writing Matters > Take a Letter - Pg. 7

Why Writing Matters 7 Now that you know why it's so important to write well, let's take a stroll down memory lane to see how this wonderful thing we call "writing" developed. Take a Letter People have been putting pen to paper (make that stone to cave wall) since the days of the real Flintstones. Pictures are the basis of the earliest known examples of writing. This "writing" was comprised of simplified pictures of objects, animals, and people, such as bison and hunters. People learned to "write" when they first understood that they could communicate by means of visible signs that were understood not only by the writer but also by others savvy to the system. But writing as we know it is such a specialized form of human communication that it evolved relatively late in the evolutionary game. This evolution happened when these pictorial scripts gave way to writing in which the symbols came to stand for words themselves, rather than the things the words represented. Author! Author!