Today when I begin writing I’m aware: something that I don’t understand drives this engine.” —Donald Hall
I am taking a Literary Journalism class this semester as part of my Bachelor of Communications Degree, and I am loving it. I posted this quote, complete with link to the full interview if you are interested, because it encapsulates the entirety of the class, and, perhaps, more importantly, the whole reason why I write. I know Hall is speaking about poetry in this quote, but I think this quote applies to all forms of writing. Writing, in all of its forms, is a way of discovery. It is an important means of communicating ideas, thoughts, and messages. But it also explores how we came to these ideas and attitudes, and it allows us to examine and question things along the way. Writing is a necessary means of finding the “big questions” in life, such as: Who are we? How do we find ourselves? How should we live? The process of writing helps us find answers to these driving questions.
In the interview, Hall stated, “There’s a pleasure doing the same thing in different forms,” and I agree with him. Ultimately writing explores and attempts to answer the driving questions in life, no matter what form it takes. It’s a beautiful thing.