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The Power of Writing to Make a Difference

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Apr 22, 2023 | Essays | 0 comments

Growing up I developed an interest in writing, my parents noticed this and bought several books. Also, I was given time to go to the bookstore to borrow books to nurture my reading interest. Most of the writing pieces I have read have changed my perspective of the world. For example, The Alchemist by Paul Coelho has motivated me all through life. In the novel, the boy discovers it is possible to achieve greater things and those greater things are the simple things in life. Most of us fear to fail than to try, yet the universe wants us to try. It is only by trying that we can achieve greatness. In most situations in my life, I have been Santiago in the Alchemist, I watched as my dream dwindled and wished that I had hoped to know that they will come true.

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Pipher says that change writers instill the message of hope to their readers, encouraging original thoughts. Their role is to present to their reader’s multiples perspectives and trusting them to make the correct decisions. The intent to change with their readers. Propaganda writers want the readers to have the same principles as they do, the intent for their readers to ask questions (Pipher 23). I agree with Pipher’s description, I think change writers intent to make society a better place through their readers, the propaganda writers, on the other hand, want to be the only makers of change, hence the need for them to coerce their readers to change.

The mind once expanded to the dimensions of bigger ides, never returns to its original size- Oliver, Wendell Holmes. This quote stands out because it resonates with my experience. Previously, I would give up so easily, I would attempt anything for the second time. After reading the Alchemist I understood that I was created for greatness and that I could try several times. Right now failure does not deter my motivation. Another quote is, “A true piece of writing is a dangerous thing. It can change your life”. All the quotes are related I agree with all of them.

Song lyrics and blogs are more likely to bring change. Since the culture of reading is dwindling and music seems to be the interest of most people. Better song lyrics and that inspire people, instill hope to the hopeless will change the world. The message in the music is also very important to the younger generation who are afraid of reading or writing. Blogs will bring change since the few of us who like writing and reading, shall be inspired by reading blogs. I think that academic essays will bring less or no change in society. This is because most of the academic essays are written to score better grades. Perhaps if the intention changed and people get focused on how the writing will change the world rather than better grades, then this writing will impact positively the world.

I am optimistic as Pipher. I believe writing can change the world. The only unfortunate thing is that the reading culture is quickly disappearing and we are so much into television and the internet. Change writing changes the world; it teaches the rich to help eradicate poverty by sharing the wealth with the poor.

Writing has the power to change the world, and it has been proven time and time again through the works of many writers. Whether it is through novels, song lyrics, blogs, or academic essays, writing can inspire, motivate and instill hope in the hearts of people. As Mary Bray Pipher pointed out, change writers play a crucial role in presenting multiple perspectives to their readers, while propaganda writers coerce their readers to change. However, the impact of writing is limited by the dwindling culture of reading. It is, therefore, essential to promote the reading culture and encourage writers to write for the greater good. As we embrace the power of writing, we must also acknowledge the responsibility that comes with it, to use it for positive change and to make the world a better place.

Works cited

Pipher, Mary Bray. “Writing to Connect.” Writing to Change the World. New York: Riverhead, 2006. Print.

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