This article is an overview of the various concepts of writing that lead to the conclusion that rewriting is devoid of creative aspects because it is an act of writing “the same words”. These concepts primarily treat writing as a symbolism of language, as a notation system, but not as a kind of a graphic bodily practice. The main argument of this article is that writing requires a different, less reductionist definition. The importance of writing is not confined to an essentially disembodied representation of meaning contained in the words materialized on a recording surface. And the revision of this logocentric definition is pivotal for understanding the specifics of western literary institutions.