Deborah Ann Stoker
Writing is a powerful form of expression and enables a silent (writing) voice to gather sound, momentum and eventually listener(s) and reader(s). It allows a freedom of passage to thoughts and ideas that may otherwise become trapped somewhere in the labyrinth of the mind.
Writing also has therapeutic properties that can often go unnoticed unless the writer makes a mental note before starting to write, on how they are feeling and then review their overall self, after a writing session, becoming aware of their general relaxed mind and body. Writing is a good source of company when alone and a great topic of conversation while enjoying social situations, it can and does form the basis of a whole range of discourses, depending on the flexibility of the mind of the writer.
Looking back over something you have produced in written form from an observation made, or an experience of an event, is extremely satisfying and self-fulfilling, particularly if done well and someone else gives recognition for it. Writing is a great way of exercising the mind, keeping it active (as we do our bodies) and in doing so, it builds and expands vocabulary, confidence and social skills.
A discovery I made a long time ago was that one of the fun components of writing is to read an academic journal, art review, a fashion blog or a political manifesto, or any type of writing. Then write a commentary on each piece or one excerpt from one or two and assess how well you think you have understood what other writers are trying to convey, the fun is often in the interpretation or misinterpretation as it were! And it turns out to have been an enjoyable learning journey!
My writing abilities are flexible and varied which are enabling me to explore all kinds of writing styles including; poetry, lyrics, plays, prose, travel-writing and academia. I write because of all the above aspects mentioned but overall, I write to be able to share my creativity with others hoping that they can take something positive from it. Writing, like all other art forms, in all sorts of people, has its way of manifesting itself deep within its host and when ready to be harvested it bursts to the fore, hence, the ‘creative burst’!
There is an element of Orwellian theory in ‘why writers write’ which is the ability to hand something tangible down for posterity. I also identify with the political culture of today’s society, (as did George Orwell with his), the economy and the changing patterns of communities and how national security is fragile and how that impacts on the global landscape, all of which has a habit of embedding itself in the flow of the writing juices and deposits itself firmly on the page.
Reading other writers’ works helps in understanding them not only as people, but gives some insight into their cultures and goes some way to informing my own work and therefore making it diverse and relatable.