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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

Searching for inspiration

Inspiration can come in many ways. Sometimes it’s a word, other times a sentence or even a dialogue. Maybe you see a work of art or a beautiful picture and suddenly the idea sparks in your mind. You just have to look.

“My mother says looking is the nature of wisdom.” 

Annabeth, The Battle of the Labyrinth

It’s ok if you don’t know where to start. BUT, you NEED to look. Write, read, see and feel. Inspiration comes from anyplace at anytime. A song,  a drink or a movie might be what you need to start your story.

That’s why you need to move around, talk to people, read a lot, write a lot, eat and drink different things and dream a lot.

By moving, you get ideas for settings; by talking, phrases for conversation; by reading, structure for your novel; by writing, the sense of creativity and freedom; by eating and drinking, food for your characters; and by dreaming, the fantastic feeling of reality for your story.

It may sound weird at first. However, as you go around searching for inspiration, you’ll get used to getting ideas for your work. You can also search in the internet for prompts, images, music and more. For those who have a low budget (like yours truly XD), the internet is a good way for inspiration alongside the daily living.

Nevertheless, the best inspiration is the one you don’t look for, the one that strikes without warning. The one that says peek-a-boo! and drives you crazy until you write it down. That’s high quality ideas, mind you.

So move on, travel the world, eat and drink and laugh and scream if you want to build your story. a good story is the fantastic version of reality. The world is your source of muses, you just have to rediscover it every day.

Well, then, I’m off.

See ya later! Have fun and keep writing!

Anaklusmosj