‘George Orwell Collected Essays’ discusses the idea that writers have elements of narcissism, are self indulgent and egotistical is true I believe, especially when writing fact not fiction. To indulge in for example a personal memoir, is therapeutic for the writer but also says ‘Look at me’!

However talking of therapy, it is an ideal way, as the text says for a person who feels isolated or undervalued, to have a creative outlet to share and heal.

But is this a vain and self centred outlook too? Or is it a way to project times and places that the writer wants to be relived and not missed? It’s giving and showing, not telling. Their perception of beauty transformed into writing, as a gift to the reader.

The idea of Political Purpose I believe gives a piece of writing a good argumentative and authoritative strength, but leads us back to the idea of force feeding or glorifying personal opinion, beliefs and ideologies. However, to put across two sides of an opinion is an important technique that should be implemented to also present authority and give the flesh of the writing some bones, a skeleton to hold the body up.

The text ends with the thought ‘where does the motivation come from’? And what makes a writer successful? Contradictory to any previous negative connotations, I think that Orwell’s idea that writers are vain and self indulgent can be key to a writer’s success; to make something personal means to write from the gut, leading to passion. To make your audience feel a connection, a familiarity and empathy for your writing may be rooted in empathizing with yourself as a writer and exposing yourself on a page. My memoir has been my favourite and best received piece of writing so far; it was completely self-centred, but it worked.