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Lets look at the question that most all students have asked at some point Why write There are many reasons in which people choose to write too many to list here However in the following essay written by the marvelous Seth Brumbaugh you will find many of the main reasons people choose to transfer their thoughts to paper For starters some people write to record a memory This is one of the most common motives for anyone to pick up a pen and paper Whether it be keeping a journal or writing a memoir Both accomplish same purpose preserving the memory for future reference and bringing some sort of order to the experience This is where I believe the importance of literature lies reflection This can be for you like a journal or for others to see a memoir Memoir appropriately comes from the Latin word for memory The focus is usually on the writers experiences with a person place or event This is also the focus of a journal the only real difference lying 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 a medium to look into your past present and even future You can mediate on your feelings or examine relationships In the end it will provide the writer a deeper
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