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The Purpose of writing

Today the post will be about purpose. Specifically, the purpose of writing. 

Everything we do has a purpose, a motivation, a reason to be made or done. In the writing world, the purpose is very important. You can even say it’s the essential part of all the process. Without it, you have no sense of direction, no soul, no life.

Well then, what is purpose for a writer? 

The purpose is the  why you write. When you write, your piece has two functions, to comunicate with your audience and to present an issue, a problem that needs to be solved. This problem is the what of your piece. Some writers takle this first, others do it later on as they write. 

Take in mind that these questions  need to be together, hand in hand, in order to get your purpose. One cannot work without the other as they give sense mutually. You need to know what you write to give energy to the why you write, and you need to know why you write in order to choose the  what. 

Confused? It happens. 😀

Let me give you an example. First, you can fill out the why. Why do you write? Is it to inform? To entertain? For fun? To argue or persuade? I write to entertain and to pass my ideals forward. 

Now, fill out the what. What are you writing? A novel? A story? Poetry? An essay? If it’s an essay, what type of essay? Narrative? Argumentative? Compare and contrast? I chose the novel, story, short story and flash fiction. 

There a lot of literary genres to explore, and each one has a unique role in comunication. Every one of them has a variety of tools to satisfy your purpose as a writer. Later on, I’ll do a post on the literary genres, but for now, back to the topic at hand.

You can do these steps (what and why) viceversa of course. There’s no specific order to do it. You do it the way you feel more comfortable. 

Once you have both, then you have your purpose. It may tip off more to the why, but to answer the big question you need both why and what. 

For instance, if you tell someone you’re a writer, chances are they’re gonna ask the following: 

“What do you write about? Do you write professionally, or do you do it for fun? Do you plan on doing something big?”

Your answer, if you have a purpose, should be something like this (hypothetically):

“Well, I’m writing a novel to let the world know that a broken heart is dangerous. It can a man or a woman to madness.”

It may look simple, yet it is in these questions that we demonstrate our writing purpose. It is in these that we see our audience for the first time and how well our ideas are received by the audience.

Remember, if there is no writing purpose, then our works are useless. A purpose gives sense and meaning. A purpose is the first breath of our piece. It is a part of  who we are, and we must treasure it in order to write. 

So go figure out your purpose, then start your masterpiece. 

Good luck and have fun writing!

Anaklusmosj

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Hide and seek with the muse

Greetings my friends!

Once again, I am sorry for my lateness and irresponsibility. It has been two long weeks of finals and I’m exhausted.

However, that does not mean that I have forgotten about you. I know that you may be irritated or have doubts, but bear with me. College life ain’t easy. Add the fact that I’m writing a novel (my very first attempt :D) and ta-da! A mess is made.

Nevertheless, here I am. After disappearing with nothing on my mind, I come back with a new post based on the most important tool of all writers: the muse.

But what exactly is the muse?

The muse is known by many names across the whole wide world. Names like inspiration, spark, purpose and so on. Regardless of it, the muse is the reason we write and the beginning of our story.

Allow me to explain. A muse can be a song, a place or even a person. It’s something that gives you ideas for writing. For instance, my muse is silence. Why? Because with silence I become eager to do something new. Something that breaks the solitary air of nothingness. Once, a friend asked me why I start my works with dialogues most of the time. I answered that with a dialogue the silence is broken and creativity flows.

Does that mean that’s the only muse in the world? Of course not! In Ancient Greece, the people thought that there were nine muses, one for each artistic area. Calliope for instance, was known as the muse for the epic stories while Thalia was the muse of comedy drama. Each of us has a different muse, we just got to find it.

But where?

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Muse, muse, where are you?

The answer is simple: Everywhere. Anytime, anyplace. The writer’s muse is always wide awake, being playful and causing mischief. I say mischief because sometimes we have the idea, but when trying to pin it down in a notebook or recorder the idea flies away. However, don’t fret. Like I said, the muse comes and goes, so you never know when it will strike again.

Tools for saving ideas

Us writers have a hard time with many things. How to start writing, facing the dreaded writer’s block and more importantly, trying to keep up with our muse. Sometimes we fret because we don’t have the tools for saving such magnificent ideas in the nick of time. Nevertheless, over the time there has been not only was to interact with your muse, but a lot of tools made to save those precious ideas before they are gone with the wind. Here are the two I use most.

Tool #1: Pen and paper, notebook, notepad or apps (or anything to write on)

It’s always handy to have a pen with you. You never know when you’re gonna need it. if anything, a pen is better than paper. Why? Simple. With a pen you can write anywhere. Yes, anywhere. Paper, cards, labels, even your own skin (though this one can make you sick given time XP). the best matchup for this unique instrument is paper. In a notepad or a notebook, it’s essential for writers to have one nearby. Furthermore, there are apps made for writers. One of my favorites for the Android phone is WriterPlus.  It’s a simple app made to store ideas in a moment’s notice. It also has a night feature, so if any of you are night owls, this is your app.

Can it be more than one? Of course! I have two journals, a notebook, a notepad and the app I mentioned before. I write in all of them. The journals are for personal thoughts about life and other mysteries while the notebook and the notepad are for my creative writing. That way, no matter where I go, I can always save any idea that pops in my head. My advice is you do it too, cause you never know when you’re gonna need it.

Tool #2: Recorders

“Oh I can’t do that!”

“Why not? It’s easy. Just write the idea down and that’s it.”

“I know, but, hasn’t it ever happened to you that you have an idea, then when you’re gonna write it you have developed it so well that you forget the starting point and get lost in your own thoughts?”

This was lasts week scenario in the college café. I was talking with a friend about different stories and she told that, while she had a ton of ideas, she couldn’t write them down in time. Therefore, I made her a suggestion.

“Then why don’t you get a recorder? There are many available in different stores and there’s also many apps for the phone with the same purpose.”

You may think that a recorder is mainly for journalists or singers, but the truth is that writers can use them too. With just the press of a button, you can say all the ideas that come to your head. I have one, and I love how it just saves my life when I don’t have pen and paper. It’s an excellent, affordable and easy way to save those precious ideas. Try it out!

When the muse comes along, grasp it with all your might. Build your world, create characters and save the world from danger one word at a time. Use these tools to help you on the writing quest. Don’t fret if the muse disappears. You just keep walking the creative writing road and never stop writing.

Until next time,

Anaklusmosj

Starting with the writing basics – Part II

Heya guys and girls!

First of all, I want to apologize for not posting it earlier. Things didn’t go out exactly as I planned today.

But nevertheless, I’m here!  Let’s get started!

Well then, as a continuation of last time, I’m going to sightsee the other three steps of the writing process. These are the revision, editing and finally, publishing. As I said last time, the last three steps are really short and simple in comparison to the first two steps, the prewriting and the drafting. Still, I am going to talk about it. It’s part of the process and necessary to know in order to write better.

Let’s begin.

The third step of the writing process is the revision. In this step you revise your work. I know it sounds weird, specially since it’s like editing. However, they’re different. In revision, you figure out if what you wrote makes sense, has all the parts and is reviewed by someone other than you.

It’s a tedious process, but it pays off really well. Change words, paragraphs, scenes,  everything. Sometimes you even decide to change a whole new chapter. Or even decided to redo it all again. Some people don’t let their work be revised by a peer. In my opinion , I strongly suggest you do so. Having someone else read and comment your work is an experience that helps you grow as a writer. Furthermore, the agents and publishers are gonna do the exact same thing so, why not give it to someone close first?

Then, after making sure everything’s in place and that you’ve read all the comments, you edit your piece.  This is one of the hardest stages not because of brain-power requirements, but because it takes time. A lot of time.

The result of it is your perfectly written, ready to publish work. And that’s awesome, cause you can go to the final step.

The publishing!

This doesn’t mean your work will be loved by everyone as soon as you give it to your first agent. No. Just as the other steps, it requires blood, sweat and tears from you. There are many ways to publish, yet you have to choose the one that fits the type of work you wrote and all of your needs.

For instance, I publish blogs here that are to help others write. The internet is fast as well as open for everybody in the world. Since it helps me achieve my goals, I use it. On the contrary, if I wanted to publish a bestseller (which I’ll do someday, hopefully), I’ll need to find an agent that connects me to a publisher. See the difference?

Each publishing system is design for a type of writers, works and audience. You just need to find the right one for your masterpiece.

Once you’ve done publishing your work, you’ll have to wait for the readers reaction. This takes time. Be patient. No one, and I mean no one, will ever take your book immediately after it’s published. Some will find it interesting, others boring as hell.

There will be one though. One person who reads it, loves it, and then shares it.

Only then your work will shine.

Well, that’s enough for tonight. Next week, I’ll bring something new. perhaps a sheet of useful words or a prompt or a story. I don’t know yet, but if you want to know more of the writing universe, then stay tuned and follow me! I’ll keep in touch.

Yours,

Anaklusmmosj

PD: The image is a graphic depicting the writing process. It has all five as well as a few tips for each. Hope it helps you! See ya!