The First Form Of Writing:
The Sumerians are believed to have developed the first form of writing known as ‘Cuneiform’, primarily to keep business records and for use in trade.
Merchants would record attributes of a trade or sale such as the amount of grains traded, or amounts received and sent out. Eventually it made it’s debut, to make journals, or to write about astronomy.
Originating as a pictograph, the language had very limited words and characters. It’s been suggested it may have taken 12 years for an individual to learn to write Cuneiform. The scribes of the time eventually reduced the word count to an even less 600 characters due to it’s difficulty, and then inevitably changed from pictographs to more standard imprint writing. Cuneiform scripture was used for roughly 3,000 years in ancient times.