Each individual writer writes with a purpose, whether they realize it or not. Some may write with the sole purpose of relieving their minds from the incessant chatter of characters. Others write to raise money or make others aware of something they’ve learned through background and experience. Either way, the power that writer or speaker has with the words they wield, is limitless.
Think back in history to greats like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchhill, Nelson Mandela… this list could go on and on. Some of them definitely made great impacts through their actions but many of them inspired through their words as well. They had a purpose behind their words. Just to share a few quotes:
A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
— Mahatma Gandhi
It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
— Winston Churchill
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
— Nelson Mandela
Do some of these quotes not inspire you? Or make clear the purpose of these great writers and/or orators? Considering the current state of our nation, some of these quotes hold a bit of irony and truth. Others, I’d easily apply to the plight of many writers to make a difference or become a published author.
As you sit down this week to write, think of your purpose and what you are aiming to do. Whether it is a fictional novel you are writing or an article/blog meant to persuade others, what do you want readers to walk away with? What do you want them to feel? Just asking ourselves these questions and being more self-aware will help us get across the purpose in our writing. Happy writing this week!