Some of the most famous writers reach a point in their lives where they are stuck or where their brains cannot develop any ideas or any new material. Writer's block state in which an author does not have the ability to create new work. Sometimes they have difficulty coming up with new ideas; sometimes it results in not being able to create work for many years. There are several writers claiming that “writer’s block” is nonexistent, and they comment that this argument in all in the mind. They describe this as an excuse people make to not get anything done. They would rather procrastinate than to put in the time to begin working on their writing projects. Many writers tend to overthink every little detail. Other people tend to let inspiration guide them into a paragraph or even a whole story. However, many authors argue that inspiration will only come if you push yourself to keep putting pen to paper each day.
In the Odyssey, a work of Greek mythology written by Homer, Odysseus, who is the hero, embarks on an extensive journey to get back to his homeland. This journey is not painless, though. Odysseus encounters sea monsters, cyclopes, and even intervention from gods that are working against him. All of these obstacles can be related to our life’s journey. We encounter hindrances that may momentarily shift our gaze off of the end goal. On my journey to become a well-known author and blogger, I will experience impediments such as disappointment and a lack of confidence in my writing, as well as the temptation to compromise my message to gain more readers.
The article “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott is a simple article discussing how most well-written essays must come from a “shitty first draft.” Lamott simple yet effective organization, casual use of language, and style along with humor sells her concept that the scattered first draft does not have to be perfect and is necessary to create a well-written essay.
In William Zinsser’s piece, Simplicity he questions why we live in a world where writing is filled with clutter. He examines how why it’s our national tendency to inflate our writing. He expresses why a clear sentence is important. Writing is hard work and a skill one had to constantly practice. : Zinsser’s writing demonstrates that writing is difficult, he gives clear solutions to issues that plague writers, he also makes a compelling argument for why clutter is an issue that needs to be resolved.
I am writing to you on the past semester that we 've spent together. I enjoyed taking this class because I think that it helped me improve my writing skills and helped me become a better writer. Before taking this class I didn 't believe to think that I could to be a good writer. But you had a great system with different forms of writings to help conquer me and my fellow classmate’s fears in writing. I enjoyed the short writing assignments the most, because it was entertaining and different. My work reflected me, my personality, my thoughts, and of course my ideas which was great. Before English 101 I was unsure if I would call myself “a writer”. I have never been confident in my writing or believed that I have the techniques and guidelines
In reading Lamott’s essay I found myself compelled to keep reading. It was the first time I read an article on how to be a better writer that basically says, do your worse work, and then learn from it. Interestingly enough there are components in her article that I can relate too such as in paragraph five where she discusses the initial writing and not being able to start the writing process. I can relate to this because when writing I sometimes stare at the computer screen thinking of the right words to open my essay with, even though I have ideas for other parts of the paper I am left stuck at the start line.
Besides a clever tittle “Shitty First Draft’s” by Anne Lamott tackles the dreaded process of writing by portraying the usefulness and need of a first draft. The essay start’s by addressing a misconception many beginner writers have about those more experienced; the notion that a good writer can simply start typing and create a well-developed writing. Anne Lamott divulges the secret of good writing is a first draft. A draft that she calls the “child’s draft” allows the writer to put their ideas on paper regardless of flow or structure. The writer knows that the first is not going to be perfect, therefore relieving the apprehension in writing. This technique also confronts the fears of writer’s block, by writing ideas down as they come, there
Over the course of the semester, my main goal was to become a more precise writer and develop my identity as a writer. According too, the Portfolio Letter assignment sheet, becoming a better writer consists of precise planning, draft and revising. It also includes understanding a variety of academic genres by examining the basic characteristics that defines each type. In order too efficiently meet my goal of becoming a better writer, it was very important to have my work evaluated by others and myself as well. The use of rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, reading and writing all are the important aspects in this course. All of which helped tremendously with becoming a more precise writer and developing my identity as a writer.
I am thinking about my action plan as a writer have I improved, have I met the goals I set out to achieve on my first day of class, and what have I learned in this class? I will go over my time in this class and review the various topics I mentioned above and more. Looking back over my time in this class I will critique and praise myself. How I felt about writing when I first started this class compared to how I feel now, I would have to say I am more comfortable with writing. In this essay I will review how I have improved as a writer, my greatest challenges, and how has my writing changed from how it was at the start of class to now.
Five years from now I will definitely remember AP English 11. In five years, I will look back at the daunting task of writing a speech and present it to the class. The final speech was a task that required me to leave my comfort zone: I had to share the reason why I dedicated a large portion of my time to practicing. In addition, It was an assignment that I have never done before. When I look back, I will be grateful for the opportunity to overcome one of my fears-public speaking.
There I am sitting on my couch with a laptop on my lap. I have a paper due tomorrow and I have no idea what to write about. I put my fingers to the keyboard keys and start to type out the first sentence.
reflecting on my progress thus far in this course, I have not only become cognizant of my writing skills and habits, but improvements I need to make to become a better writer. Although writing has never been one of my strong suits, I have learned valuable writing skills and strategies that are applicable to both the professional and academic field.
In my past years of writing I have seen myself develop into a well disciplined and patient writer. However, I have seen myself significantly improve and mature as a writer over the past few months more than I have in the past four years. I view writing as an open doorway full of ideas, feelings, and thoughts weaved together simply for creating a masterpiece. Before entering college English 1010, high school students are conditioned to write required papers and assignments without having the ability to “put you’re your own opinions and feelings in a paper.” Fortuantly,I have been given the opportunity at The University of Memphis to express myself in writing
As I began the journey of returning to school, one of my biggest fears, was the writing aspect in the classes. The fear of reading and writing has never been a strong quality; however, I have never able to successfully be creative in the way I learn. I understand my weaknesses and when I need to focus on my strengths. I am constantly learning new ways, skills, and tools to utilize to continue to grow as a writer.
Reading and writing was one of my favorite activities to do as a kid, and it still is. Ever since I learned to read, I began to write short stories. Oh, how rude of me! I forgot to introduce myself. Hello Mr.Rase, my name’s Elena Serafimovski and I’m a writer in my junior year of high school. Writing is extremely comforting to me, I even find it therapeutic. As a young writer, I would write short stories on silly ideas like puppies or flowers because I enjoyed that. As I progressed through middle school, I picked up different styles of writing by reading books from various authors. The more styles of writing that I read, the more I wrote. I used to write about fictional characters and subjects. For example, I once wrote a small story on a girl moving in with her were-wolf stepdad. Over the years, I read more and more books which have changed my writing. I developed my own style of writing that I’ve learned to possess and I hope my ideas expand over time. I don’t recall where I got this inspiration to write because no one in my family likes writing. Actually, if I’m being honest, my family sucks at writing. I was never placed in any special writing classes, but only the standard classes for school. I joined Intermediate composition to excel in my writing for my future. From this class, I’ve broadened my vocabulary and found new ways to check my pieces that I have wrote. I could always use more work with grammar because I have always struggled with that concept. I came into