I am happy to re-visit this piece because Sullivan’s arguments about the positive effects of blogging really stuck with me from the first time. I love that HE loves true, honest writing. I think that honest writing is something that is hard to achieve because we are often too concerned with what people want to hear and how they want to hear it. However, I think that true, honest writing is so refreshing (especially in this time of manipulative political speech). That has been a focus on my experience in the writing minor so far. I have learned to address an audience and follow certain techniques that make this address the most effective. However, I have also learned to listen to my ideas and trust what comes out on to the paper and see how it does not need to be twisted and turned in any way to reach an audience.
I see a similar theme in Didion’s piece. That is why during class today, I raised my hand for her when asked who I would rather be– Didion or Orwell. As I read about the reasons she writes, I feel like I am being told the truth and nothing but the truth. She doesn’t hold back. She lets her voice shine and be heard and that is something I strive to do in my writing. Orwell, on the other hand, tells the truth in a different way. I sense the structure and attention to the audience’s needs. Both ways are effective, but Didion’s voice and writing style resonates with me a bit more.
I hope to be able to reach my audience in a way that does not seem artificial and forced, yet still sticks with them and makes an impact. Throughout my writing career thus far, especially in high school, I have been so concerned with writing something that the teacher would like to hear. I haven’t so much written for myself. I think that Sullivan, Didion and Orwell all see the importance and value of writing in exploring your own thoughts and seeing where they take you.