When I’m stuck, I’m really very stuck. So you know what I do then? Listen to my writing music. Today the song of choice is the “Glee” version of “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons. You should actually be able to listen to it because I attached it to this post. Even if you don’t watch “Glee”, it’s a great cover of a terrific song. Hopefully it will bring you the same inspiration to you that it brought to me today.
Today I took the time to look at my past essays. The essays I have written in college fall into two general categories:
1.) Creative Fiction
2.) Research Essays- typically argumentative
After re-reading several of both, I came to a realization of why I write.
I write to convince an audience of my beliefs. In my essays I work relentlessly to find the most up-to-date and influential data in order to persuade my readers to believe what I believe. I also work equally hard to come up with a “rebuttal” of what the audience may believe. Counterpoints are a crucial part of any argumentative essay for that reason! Examples of argumentative essays I have written include:
1.) Vaccinations DO NOT lead to autism. Every child should receive all necessary vaccinations.
2.) Having single-gender schools for K-12 can be extremely beneficial for students because of the more limited distractions, increased levels of self-confidence and greater sense of sisterhood/brotherhood.
3.) Talk therapy is more beneficial to people suffering from mental illness than psychotropic drugs.
My creative fiction, of course, conveys my beliefs a little bit differently. The characters of my stories often deal with a problem that I see in society and through the plot I indirectly offer my opinions about such topics. I have written about divorce, suicide and campus safety. These are all topics that I feel strongly about and was able to express those views through my short stories.
I am hopeful when I say that my writing has probably influenced my readers. And that is why I write. To inspire a change, no matter how small.
It started off with the song “It’s Time” and ended with my own new personal mission statement to hold close when I write.