My name is Toni, and I’m a freelance writer and journalist. I’ve spent years learning the ins and outs of life as a full-time writer. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s definitely been an illuminating journey of self-discovery that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
It’s my hope to use Defend The Pen to
- Discuss the latest news as it affects writers
- Share resources with my fellow freelance writers
- Blog about life and experiences as a freelancer
- Help other writers experiencing feelings of frustration and hopelessness
- Provide resources for job hunting
I am hard at work improving this blog so that it meets these goals. If you have advice or feedback for how to make this blog better, my ears and heart are always open…
What does it mean to “defend the pen?”
The phrase “defend the pen” was born of an innate desire to defend the desire to continue writing. Even if one loves writing so much they’d do it for free, there are times when it’s very difficult to continue.
- Perhaps writer’s block is to blame…or anxiety over the ability to earn a viable living. Or you’re tired of being yelled at for objectively writing about a topic that people feel strongly about. Whatever the case, there can come a moment where you seriously weigh the value of your input as a writer.
- To “defend the pen” also references defending writing as a form of art and self-expression. It means to examine the value of the written word throughout history. Not only that but to examine why writing and writers are important. From a political standpoint, to “defend the pen” is to defend writers and journalists against heavy-handed censorship and the desire to undermine freedom of the press.
- You’ll note the Defend the Pen icon is a shield. A well-crafted shield is historically every bit as important as a strong sword, and when such a sword meets a superior shield, it cannot cause whatever harm was intended. At the same time, there is the expression, “the pen is mightier than the sword.” With that in mind, the pen is not only a tool of self-defense but rather a weapon. It’s not unheard of to use a shield as a weapon. Just ask Captain America!