Why do we write? Often writing is meant to present facts and opinions. Yet, there is more to this as the question begs to be answered. However, no two people truly will give the same answer to it. Thus, it is contingent on the writer to establish why they write.
While this comes across as generalized and cliched, it is largely true. All writers have distinct purposes that are the express thoughts of themselves. For example, in terms of biographical authorship there is a great deal of distinction based on subject and audience. A book such as William Manchester’s The Last Lion trilogy on Winston Churchill illustrates a chronological and heavily researched take on Churchill’s life that is more emblematic of popular history. Whereas Allen C. Lynch’s Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft is more in the vein of an academic outlook on Vladimir Putin and his rise and impact within Russian politics. Even still there are other biographical styles, such as Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens, which is akin to a series of specific chapters on parts of George Orwell’s life that could be standalone essays. Nonetheless, all of these authors have a similar purpose in writing, but there is a large degree of nuance when comparing their works. In other words, there is no true similarity among written works because of the uniqueness of authors and literature.
The essence of my purpose for writing is twofold. Firstly, I consider writing to be the best method of expression and creativity, which is superior to speaking or conversation because it is a method that can provide a large amount of detail and is easier to detach from emotional or misleading arguments. Thus, I find it a fantastic medium to get my thoughts out owing to the breadth of available pathways provided by the written medium. Secondly, as I consider writing to be a great form of creativity, I find it to be the best manner to develop ideas and perfect my thought process. So often this is the case when I begin to write, I’ll have an initial concept and then branch into or away from the concept as I write owing to the creative process. All in all, my purpose for this blog is to both perfect my thought process and improve my writing in general.
As an aside, I highly recommend all of the books mentioned. I will say Why Orwell Matters was the most readable and succinct, while Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft is a bit more specific, yet plodding and slower paced (odd given that it is only 135 pages). However, The Last Lion trilogy is by far the longest, around 3000 pages in total, but was the most fruitful and informative read as it not only goes over the entirety of Churchill’s life, but also provides a broad overview of European and some World history from the late-1870s to mid-1960s.