Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Writer notes

Hello Sunshine! Have you ever considered writing an autobiography? Because I have. I think the writer in me will always have that autobiography in the background... but writing one is no joke! What I did learn, back when I was heavy on studying the art of writing an autobiography is this: you should focus on one pocket of experience (worth sharing) and circle around that idea you wish to share. It's not simply about writing a tell-all story. There should always be an added-value to reading your autobiography.

Writing an autobiography requires a lot of thinking and planning. Some autobiographies are written in first person accounts, and recounts events in a person's life. These types resemble memoirs though they have some distinctions. Below is an essay of George Orwell as a famous essayist. This example provides great essay help for English students with autobiography writing.

I've read some of George Orwell's essays, and he's really good at his craft. The dream is to be able to deliver my thoughts as eloquently and as easily relatable as he did. I know it isn't impossible with practice and constant reading. For me, writing is also an acquired language. The more you read, the more you discover writing techniques that you can apply to your own work--granted you read quality ones!

 Autobiography of George Orwell 

Though earned the name George Orwell due to writing experience in Novels, essays, critic reviews on literature, my name is Eric Arthur Blair. I was born on June 25, 1903, in Bihar (Bengal area) of British India presently known as the Eastern India. I am a son of Richard Walmesley Blair, a civil servant at an Opium Department and Ida Mabel Blair and a brother to two sisters Marjorie and Avril. My father continuously involved in civil war speculative ventures hence my mother moved to Henley-on-Thame in Oxfordshire, England at the early years of my life and cared for us. Occasionally father paid us a visit in 1907, and I later saw him in 1912. Mother was an extrovert and enjoyed social, lively artistic interests.

 I schooled at St. Cyprian's Boarding school in East Sussex on a scholarship after becoming second on the Harrow History Prize on two poems published in the Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard. Even though there was a hardship in the schools especially at Wellington, I was able to perform well academically and mingle with the students of the wealthy elites of England despite coming from a seemingly poor background. I stayed in the school until December 1916. In January 1917, I joined Wellington where I spend the term and later joined Eaton in May 1917 to attend much of my secondary school life until I graduated in December 1921. However, I could not attend college despite my excellent grades due to lack of college fee.

 My work life began in 1922. I joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma as a prosecutor in the police service. Later own I was posted in Twante and promoted to a sub-divisional post responsible for the security of 200,000 people and later in 1924, I became an Assistant District Superintendent in Syria and had an experience of the British Colonial life. In 1926, I was assigned in Moulmein and later in Katha where I was diagnosed with dengue fever in 1927. Five years later, I resigned from the Indian Imperial Police in Burma while on leave in England and devoted my life as a writer. I returned to Burma and earned a reputation as an outsider and developed empathy towards the poor and the downtrodden in the society for the rest of my life.

I settled in Paris in the early 1928 and lived in rue du Pot de Fer in 5th Arrondissement. I wrote several novels besides a journalist and published Monde edited by Henri Barbusse, G.K.'s Weekly and Le Progre's Civique. I used to discuss unemployment, a day in the life of a tramp and the beggars of London. In February 1929, I was admitted to Hospital Cochin in the 14th arrondissement and wrote an essay titled "How the Poor Die" published in 1946. However, my life in Paris was not fruitful and opted to return to England in 1929 and moved to my parents' house in Southwold. During these years, I published different essays including Down and Out in Paris in 1932 and incorporated into the society.

 Teaching profession came as a result of the life I experienced as a poor man. I decided to be a teacher at Hawthorns High School in 1932 and 1933 at Frays College. I never took long in teaching. In late 1933, I assumed the name George Orwell as a pen name, quit teaching career and became fully engaged in writing in 1934. This followed by relocation to Hempstead where young writers lived at the time. I published Burmese Days in the same year and A Clergyman's Daughter in 1935. I was commissioned to write an account of the destitute state of the Northern England in 1936 and met Eileen O'Shaughnessy whom later I married. However, the work was published as The Road to Wigan Pier on the plight of residents of the North England.

 Later on, I published Aspidistra Flying in the same year. I then took a campaign against the elitism and tyranny and volunteered and joined the Republicans to fight in the Spanish Civil War. The move made me joined the POUM socialist party that stressed on the need to elevate the working class and opposed the collaboration with the middle class as the Spanish Communist Party believed. The impacts of the war which included being shot to near death made me hate the totalitarianism regimes. After the war, I wrote Coming Up for Air and Homage to Catalonia describing the social observations of the Spain.

In 1940, my wife Eileen and I moved to central London and got employment as a reviewer. The opportunity came with the advent of World War II. Therefore, I decided to fight for freedom for England. I joined the Home Guard and worked for the BBC mainly to compose and release to war propaganda as well as a war correspondent. However, this idea of propaganda propagation made feel corrupt. We adopted a son during the war time though my wife passed on shortly. I later decided to major on a topical novel Animal Farm became famous during the time and remarried to Sonia Brownell in 1949. In late 1949, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis that affected my career as a writer. 

As a concluding remark, this autobiography helps me recount the different hardships and struggles that I have endured to become meet my objective of a professional writer. Even though I did not attend the college should as required, it never barred me from becoming what I am today. On a separate note, I have presented this piece of work as a source of inspiration item to the young readers and learners who are eagerly pursuing their dreams as writers or in any other field. They should note that it is never easy to achieve what we want unless we are out to achieve it. The main point is that interactions with different people I school and work life are beneficial as they helped me gained my experience while writing.

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