Although thorough, and addresses not only himself

Although both George Orwell’s and Joan Didion’s essays entitled “Why I Write” share the same title, but beyond that, there is very little similarity. Orwell’s essay is also more descriptive and thorough, and addresses not only himself as a writer, but writers as a whole. Didion’s essay is much more centered on her life and her experiences and focuses on her needs and wants of writing and the types of writing she enjoys.
George Orwell opens his article with a piece of information of his past that led him to become a writer later in his years, “I was the middle child of three, but there was a gap of five years on either side, and I barely saw my father before I was eight. For this and other reasons I was somewhat lonely‚Ķ I had the lonely child’s habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons” (Orwell 1). It gives us the sense that Orwelll began writing to fulfill his imaginary world
He gives us four different ideas and reasons why a writer writes and/or their motivation to do so. They are: Sheer Egoism, Aesthetic Enthusiasm, Historical Impulse, and Political Purpose (Orwell 7). This reaches out to other writer’s motivations and reasoning and not just himself, which makes his article much more intriguing and different from Didion’s. George Orwell begins to talk about his early childhood giving the article a more sensitive and personal meaning to his reason of writing; “I give all this background information because I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without knowing something of his early development” (Orwell 6).