George Orwell

February 3, 2019 AndreaP1224

George Orwell’s “Why I Write” is an interesting essay that explores the reasons why Orwell has made a habit of writing. The part that stood out the most to me was when he spoke about feeling lonely as a child due to the age gaps between him and his siblings and the lack of relationship between him and his father. He was that child that was prone to creating imaginary friends and making stories in his mind. He was the “Odd” one in school growing up. He often felt “undervalued” and “isolated”. This sounds like the mindset often associated with an only child. This was not the case with Orwell. He was the middle child, which is interesting. Because he was not literally lonely, but he felt it because he felt he could not relate to anyone around him.

I can relate to Orwell, because I feel what he felt. He was lonely (mentally and emotionally), he felt undervalued and isolated, he had imaginary friends and made up stories in his mind as a child. He imagined himself as Robin Hood and envisioned himself being a super hero. As a child, I was very much the same way. Except, I am the youngest. My siblings are 9, 10, 16 and 22 years older than me. I played alone and because of that, my imagination is so vivid. I had to create an imaginary world for myself, I didn’t realize what I was actually doing though. I just thought of it as something every other child was probably doing. As a young adult, I look back and realize that all along, I was trying to escape reality through that imaginary world. I still do this today, to some extent.

My approach to writing is diving into my world of ideas and vomiting them on paper. Meaning, I have these ideas of a story I’d like to write and I just start writing them out, unorganized and all over the place, then I organize them and make it flow. Let’s say, for example, I come up with character names like “Florence Ross”, “Billy Reid ” and “Peggy Calloway” (I literally just spit those names out on this blog post) and the story takes place in Minnesota. Boom, I have names and a location, now time to just write. It sounds crazy, but I just start developing a story line with these random names and location. It’s something that comes natural, it’s hard to explain. I realize I’m probably not making much sense, but I did mention in class that I’m not very good at expressing myself. So, excuse me if my thoughts are all over the place.

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