writing (n.)

Old English writing "action of forming letters and characters," verbal noun from write (v.). From c. 1200 as "text; body of poetry, narrative, etc. in written form; written material." From c. 1300 as "a particular text;" mid-14c. as "act of composing a written text." From late 14c. as "craft of writing;" also "one's own handwriting or penmanship." Also late 14c. as "act of sending a letter; a letter, message." Writing-desk is from 1610s.

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Definitions of writing from WordNet

writing (n.)
the act of creating written works;
writing was a form of therapy for him
Synonyms: authorship / composition / penning
writing (n.)
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect);
the writing in her novels is excellent
that editorial was a fine piece of writing
Synonyms: written material / piece of writing
writing (n.)
(usually plural) the collected work of an author;
the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings
writing (n.)
letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language;
the doctor's writing was illegible
he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show
writing (n.)
the activity of putting something in written form;
she did the thinking while he did the writing
Synonyms: committal to writing