“WHY” DO WE WRITE?
There are many reasons why people enjoy writing. Writing is a way of expression and can be highly influential. It is a very powerful tool. Its benefits can produce most of what we want when it is best understood. One of the first things to ask ourselves is:
“WHAT” ARE WE TRYING TO ACHIEVE?
- Self Expression: A declaration of one’s personality
- A Message: Conveying/Communicating information people can understand
- Persuasion: Convincing a form or system of belief – ideology
- Literary Honor: A distinct rank in achievement of written work
- Reaction: A response to one’s written work
- Debate: A discussion involving opposing views
If you know your purpose, you now have some insight on what results you are trying to produce. Once you have found your answer, you need a panoramic view of who you would like to deliver this message to. ———– So, let’s find one for you.
“WHO” ARE YOU CONVEYING YOUR MESSAGE TO?
Picture yourself standing on a stage of an open square (how conveniently close to the name Artist’s Square). And in this open square, you have a panoramic view of your audience. They stand and wait in anticipation of your expression, your show, or whatever message you are trying to convey to them. You have everything you need: writers, poets, philosophers, painters, buyers, sellers – an overabundance of people. Now, it’s rightful to believe that the stage makes you, since perhaps you are silently “understood” in your position. With that, you can assume that anything you say can capture most or all of your audience. How can that be so difficult? Since you are the person in focus, you must have something important to say right? Everyone should stay and listen! !!———————————————– Well, it really isn’t that easy.
Your message will be the outcome of your actions. For instance – take the previous scenario. If you decide to entertain your audience by reciting poems, which group(s) do you think would most likely stay and participate? Which group(s) would be the most likely to walk away? Now, if you start your message by asking what makes a good artist -which group(s) would most likely stay and participate? Well, this sort of principal can be applied to the form of written work.
Layman’s Term: Ask yourself what you are trying to achieve with your written work/expression, picture your audience, and know who would most likely respond. You may produce the results you are looking for.
If at some point you decide to go on a quest for the answer to this question as I and others have done, you will too attest to the conclusion of a non-definitive answer. In your journey——- you will experience all sorts of emotions and find it’s “definitely” entertaining. Some perspectives, definitions, and quotes are so unique, that words too can only prove individuality as an acknowledgment and form of art itself. Let’s take a read of quotes from some of the famous artists you may know:
~ Ansel Adams (1902 -1984) – Us Nature Photographer: I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work, I think about life. ~
~ Tracey Emin (1963 – still living) – Created many forms of expressions of art: What is really good about the word ‘art’ is that ‘art’ is a word like ‘love’, ‘God’, or ‘whatever’. It transcends so many things. ~
~ Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) – Dutch expressionist painter: The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech. ~
Here are also some other thoughts as to what is said about art:
- Art is considered art when it can cause an action/reaction of the artist’s work
- Art can be a way of sharing or defining a meaning, intended to connect to human emotion
- Art can include many things such as: painting, photography, musical arrangements or literary work
- Art serves its purpose for the artist
- Great art pieces are known around the world and have stood the test of time
Ah huh! This is it! —- So, what have we learned? — Human emotion?——— O.k. – So in a mathematical equation, it should look sort of like this:
Artist + Emotions (expression) + Movement/Style + Medium (tool) + Observer = Art
So, in conclusion.:
~ Racquel Cruz (1972 – still living) – Songwriter, Poet, Artist: Although we may not have a definitive answer for the interpretation of art, we can come up with something that can almost look mathematical, thus slightly logical —————but not really. ~
Note: This article was meant to make you smile, adding a sense of humor to it.