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Why Write Lets look at the question Why write There are many reasons in which people choose to write too many to list here However in the following pages you will find a categorization of the main reasons authors choose to transfer their thoughts from their mind to paper To begin we will start with writing to record a memory This is one of the most common motives for people to write There are two types of recording memories keeping a journal and writing a memoir Both accomplish same purpose preserving the memory for future reference and bringing some sort of order to the experience The act of keeping a journal is for personal reflection Many refer to a journal in the same manner they refer to a diary but they are two separate forms of writing A diary is a daily accord of the events that happened whereas a journal will include reflections and observations of the events Journals give somewhat of a snapshot into the time in which it was written Memoir appropriately comes from the Latin word for memory The focus is usually on the writers experiences with a person place or event In comparison to a journal the main difference lies in the intended audience A journal is for the writer only while a memoir is written with the purpose of communicating the memory to others In Finishing School by Maya Angelou she writes a memoir to tell of her upbringing as a black child being taught white female etiquette Here her intentions of the piece is to give an understanding of what it was like for her as an underprivileged slave child to interact with her white peers in the 1930s Writers write to explore the self To most this is the easiest form of self-discovery While this purpose is somewhat similar to writing to record memories the emphasis is different The writing is produced to give
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