Saturday, March 21, 2015

Why great women writers write and Why should we care

Simon Sinek, a leadership guru, believes that those people who start with "why" have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.

We, the readers, mostly look up to our favorite writers. We buy their books because they are the product of the very same cause and passion we have in our lives. Just like what Sinek emphasized in his TED speech about how great leaders inspire action, "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it and what you do simply serves as the proof of what you believe."

So, let us share why we love the works of the two great women writers of our time, Author of The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion and Author of The Orchid Thief  Susan Orlean.

On the essay, "Why I Write: Joan Didion on Ego, Grammar and Impetus to Create" by Maria Popova, Didion stated that she writes entirely to find out what she's thinking, what she's looking at, what she see and what it means. What she wants and what she fears.

Didion statement translates to us because in our fast-paced world, some of us still struggle to discover if there's a real meaning in our existence and we still strive hard to find out what we really want in our lives.

On the other hand, Susan Orlean said that, "Writing gives me great feelings of pleasure. There's a marvelous sense of mastery that comes with writing a sentence that sounds exactly as you want it to. It's like trying to write a song, making tiny tweaks, reading it out loud, shifting things to make it sound a certain way. It's very physical. I get antsy. I jiggle my feet a lot, get up a lot, tap my fingers on the keyboard, check my email. Sometimes it feels like digging out of a hole, but sometimes, it feels like flying. When it's working and the rhythm's there, it does feel like magic to me. (Susan Orlean on Writing, Popova)"

Orlean focuses on feeling rather than meaning. She shows us how to find magic in our ordinary lives by experiencing all the emotions and sensations of doing what we are doing. 

Life is not just about finding what we want but it's also about getting in touch with what's inside and letting what's inside guide us on our way to what we really want and love.