While George Orwell was not an only child, in his essay “Why I Write”, he discusses his “lonely child’s habit” of creating stories and having conversations with imaginary people. Orwell states that his desire to write, or his “literary ambitions”, was born out of essentially being lonely and feeling undervalued as a kid. As an only child, while I did not feel undervalued or hold imaginary conversations, I discovered my literary ambitions by being alone. I picked up things around me to read, usually magazines that my parents left around; I became really into flying magazines as a kid. However, I never read a piece because I enjoy the act of reading: I enjoy having my questions answered.
When I begin reading, I immediately think of what questions can be answered by this piece, and what the author set out to answer by pursuing this endeavor of writing. In other words, I read with a learning or informative incentive.
This is where I find the most pleasure in reading, and so that’s what I want people to gain from my writing. I want to answer their questions while also showing them what question I set out to answer. When a reader delves into an essay I wrote, they will clearly know why I wrote the piece and what question I set out to answer. In my repurposing essay, I spend a lot of my paper discussing my topic personally, in a way that will make my readers understand why I care and why I took the time to write that paper. This is why I believe I want to write. I want to write in a way that will make my driving question intriguing to my reader and have them learn about themselves through my writing.