Analysis Of Why I Write By Joan Didion

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James Harper English 2100 Writing and Editing “Why I Write” In Joan Didion's"Why I Write", the author uses concrete examples and tells a story through first person narration to do exactly what she has set out to do: explain to the reader exactly why she writes. She explains early on in her essay that she is not a "thinker". She would try to analyze situations while in college but would find her mind reflecting back to tangible ideas and the images that surrounded her. Didion explains that by the time she graduated from Berkely, she knew that she was not a thinker, but an instead a writer. This did not mean that she could not explore abstract ideas, but instead that she must write down the thoughts and images she had

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