The other day, conversing with a friend who is finishing her dissertation, she mentioned the “unstated purpose” of her writing.
I did not know what she was talking about at first. Coming from a science background in which you literally state your intention with the hypothesis, an “unstated purpose” seemed to me to be a ridiculous driving force in any work.
Then, she explained hers- she wants to change people’s usage of certain vocabulary that is taken for granted in her field. You will not find this purpose stated anywhere directly in her written arguments, but it is, I realize, her underlying driving force.
When I thought about it, I realize even in science we had unstated purposes (namely to keep funding coming into the lab 😉 ). Even beyond that, though, we had an unstated purpose that went well beyond any specific hypothesis in any given article.
My friend was pretty clear that she felt most art and creativity has an unstated purpose.
I began to think about my blogging and I asked myself “What is my unstated purpose?”
I was surprised at the small-ness of the answer that came to me, as well as the self-centeredness.
My answer was simply this, “I want to be a better person.”
That is truly my unstated purpose of writing, no matter how self-serving that may come off as.
When I look at my topics, my postings, I see myself trying to grow and hold myself to a better standard. It helped me understand the range of topics I choose and the conglomeration that evolves.
So, I want to ask you- what is the unstated purpose to your blogging?
I have been reading several blogs lately in which writers have been questioning their focus- i.e. should they create a blog of different topics, switch from memoir to creative fiction in their postings, some simply are stuck in writer’s block-
And I wonder, could an answer be found in “What is the unstated purpose in my blogging?”
I would love to hear from you. And now I must go see that friend again and encourage her to keep writing- she has a wonderful unstated purpose for doing so and I am sure you do as well!