The Purpose We Share as Writers
We poets have a platform, one to express all manner of thought. Often it may just be imagery, expressions of beauty and the natural world. Sometimes the poet may choose stories of the human condition and also righteous indignation about politics, oppression and disasters of great consequence. What makes a work emotive is the connection between writer and reader, often not as easy as it sounds.
What makes a work profound is the depth of that connection, when a poet or writer connects so deeply that the heart and soul responds. Often the core of that connection is truth, perhaps a truth unknown and struck as an epiphany, a realization that before reading the work did not exist.
I choose to write many different styles and genres within the scope of poetic expression, as each message or purpose requires a different vessel. But by far my most meaningful works are based on truths, realities that so many of us don’t quite take into account when traversing our complex lives. And in this endeavor the writer learns as much as the reader because it is sharing that brings us closer, to ourselves and understanding life.
I am no seer, no genius observer of truths, just someone who has a penchant for the details of living, the behaviors and choices we make in life, given our beginnings and biases. For me it is a lifetime study, and sharing and assimilating what I find is part of my growth, and also if chosen, the growth of the reader. I claim nothing, rather I am who I am and if readers relate and question their own understanding then the questions I pose are indeed worthwhile.
The spiritual path I am on is endless, has no immediate destination or cessation and in accepting my path in life I have committed to writing, for it is simply my way of expression, as is with most on this site. So when I write I keep all of this in mind, for words have power and truths can change a life for the better. Writing is not about fame, not about money but the heart, the very soul willing to put itself on the line to share with kind intent, meanings that transcend our daily life. In that cause I hope we all extend ourselves to do just that, to give freely of ourselves in our work and also our critiquing or at least supporting one another. After all we all share this love of words, and kindred spirits achieve so much more when we connect profoundly.
Tony DeLorger © 2017
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- Torrents - September 5, 2020
10 thoughts on “The Purpose We Share as Writers”
Tony, I couldn’t agree more with your observations on why we write, and from your own personal view point. Connecting with the reader is what really matters and getting whatever message or imagery across that you desire. If I am not pleased or moved by something I have written I know my readers certainly won’t. But as writers, it is our responsibility to use our word to make a difference in some way.
I agree John, and we can make a difference, make people look at something in a different way perhaps, and as we share our work we too are advantaged in learning. Glad you related my friend.
Tony, this is a great piece, so enjoyable to read and so true. Connection is very important for writers as well as readers. When what we write helps others in some way, then our purpose has been fulfilled. Wonderful work, Tony.
Thanks Phyllis, yes I think it is a privilege to write, to share and expand our world through the written word. A purpose with much reward. Cheers!
So true Tony – in my case in the beginning I write only for me – but after the piece is complete I want someone to read it and hopefully for a second or two provoke some sort of reaction or emotion in the reader. A smile, a tear, goes along way in what we do…
It does Kurt, and we are fulfilled when we connect and get feedback. To really connect with someone via words is both and art and a privilege. Cheers!
I am moved to respond to this most eloquent surmise of what a writer endeavors to create and stimulate their readers in many ways. I write mostly of my experiences, deep feelings from my past and bring to surface what I felt as I transitioned from a Boy, teen to a man. I am pleased when a reader tells me they relate to a piece I’ve penned. Maybe through shedding tears or laughter or just commending in a piece well written. Nicely explained Tony.
Much appreciated Vincent. Cheers
Tony , You couldn’t be more correct ! As writers many of us have perhaps heavier souls than some people and perhaps most , which chose which ? Did the pen chose us or did we chose the pen ?
Either way , you put that into words extremely well . ……….Keep on keepin’ on !…..Ed
Many thanks, Ed, glad you appreciated my thoughts. Cheers!