Orwell’s account is really interesting, because he goes through his major phases of writing. He expresses different reasonings for his writing, and for which any writer writes, but he also alludes to his own success as a writer, finding the one true tic that could allow him to produce “artwork.” He is best known for his works Animal Farm and then 1984, political and social critiques of his era and his predictions of the future. Seeing into the mind of a literary genius is always fun, and he has cool things to say. I also agree with many of things he points out.
He argues that any writer wants to or at least starts out wanting to write out of sheer egoism, among other things. This was definitely true for me growing up and even sometimes still. I oftentimes feel unmotivated to actually write about things, and sometimes the easiest motivation can be found in convincing myself of possible self-glory… Or even just the prospect of writing something that sounds good – and I think the idea of writing something that sounds good just sounds awful, and that oftentimes led to cycle of convincing myself to write then convincing myself that writing for these reasons is usually silly. Anyways, much of the writing we are accountable for is meant to be shared with others and meant to express our unique outlooks and research perspectives. Of course I want those who read my work to find it interesting and profound. In breaking out of this habit, however, I have been able to find my voice in my writing.
Writing for this class has helped me write with my voice, my opinions, and my informed (or uninformed) perspective on the world. I have been able to write uninhibited by the pressure to be smart of profound, just honest. I know that if I write work that is bound is research and that personal, political, social tic that Orwell speaks to, I will write work that represents me, and that is all I can ask for in my writing. Writing about my neighborhood and the issues that bother me and intrigue me has been a wonderful experience. I have discovered that I can have opinions of complex topics and I can learn enough to write about these topics and share them with experts. It is scary and anxious at times, but it is the only way I can really learn from others and take a step forward in my writing in that arena.