George Orwell most famously wrote his “Why I Write” in 1946. It is now used in curriculums around the world. Although I am no George Orwell (and don’t strive to be) I thought I would post my own small snippet of why I chose this hobby.
When I began an actual English class at 13, I never tried. I enjoyed writing, but I never followed the standard protocol for an essay assignment. The classic “5 paragraph essay” always bothered me. Now that I am older, I of course understand why it is the corner-stone for teenage essay development and composition.
Because of my lack of structure, I never got higher than 70% in any writing assignment. I just liked to put my head down, and go. My teachers always said “your content is great, you make valid arguments with a smattering of examples, but you didn’t follow the instructions.”
I felt like I was losing time constructing a format, or my writing wouldn’t be perceived how I wished it to be. With the introduction, 3 points, and conclusion, it created a block in my mind. I just wanted to write.
Not that I thought I was good, in fact I thought I was terrible. Even to this day, some 20 odd years later, I still feel inadequate as a writer. People I don’t even know, well before WordPress, always said the same “Hey, you can write!” – but I never believed them.
The same sentence always bounced around in my mind: “There is no way someone like me could have a way with words, or a concrete idea.”
So, why write?
- I write because it brings me joy
- I write because it brings me pleasure
- I write because it’s therapeutic
- I write for myself
- I write because I want to get better
There is always room for improvement, even in a hobby. I’m always scouring the Reader, and of course devouring books, really looking at the different styles people choose to write in. The styles that make them comfortable. The endless stream of ideas people come up with.
To the reader, why do you write? I’d love to hear about it.
Over the course of 15 years, I’ve had several blogs. All personal, across various platforms. For whatever reason (probably age) I never kept up with them. I actually moved from wordpress.org to wordpress.com, where most people go to with former.
The community. WP offers a community like non other, and is a truly unlimited source of reading, interpretation, and feedback.
I enjoy meeting new people here, and seeing the different genres everyone chooses. A great resource that I’m sure we all take for granted.
I’ve always wrote for myself, it’s one of the reasons I choose to write in the first person style. That being said, I am humbled that people choose to read, like, or comment on my work. Whatever feedback you choose to give, whether its a drive-by-like-n-smash, or a full blown comment, I am truly grateful to anyone that has stopped by the Ares landing pad.
I wish you all continued success.