My Writing Narrative: My Personal Writing Process

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Personal Writing Process Narrative

My writing process has always been a mostly free form. Throughout my writing career, I did not think of myself as a writer with a process. When I was a young girl, I wrote intently. My writing consisted only of pieces of personal writing, and I spent most of my time between jotting thoughts in a journal, creating comics, and writing short stories. My mom could easily find me cozied up in a corner or a section of floor in my room writing hurriedly. I was always giddy from fun new ideas I had thought up yet somber as I was alone with my thoughts. I cherished only having to write for myself. For me, writing for myself made writing free flowing without a need for much structure or deliberate planning. In this
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I wrote in stream of consciousness style, I skipped around the page, and if I ever hit a bump that needed to be thought out more, I would just address it when the time came. As I progressed through middle and high school eras, I was required to write more academic essays than creative works. Meanwhile, I could see my writing process developing in a similar manner as when I had engaged in my early stages of personal writing. In the same way, I would have an idea, loosely figure out the trajectory the essay would follow, then begin writing. In academic settings, I usually had some semblance of an outline, but it was often a brief one - not completely thought out at first - like my personal writing. A lot of the time this “writing process” was variable - it typically did not rely on rigid routine for writing to get done, but rather it was more of a felt sense. If the climate and mood for writing was there it was easy to write in…show more content…
When I wrote in stream of consciousness, I believed I was writing eloquently. My process of writing helped me get out my first ideas and as many details as I wanted, but I almost never had to think too far in-depth into any one idea. This style was great for brainstorming and generating many ideas by stimulating thought before diving right into a paper. In practice, some slightly different version of this brainstorming ended up as my final product. I was only relying on my first thoughts trusting that they were clear and logical enough the first time. Unfortunately, this was not substantial organization and cohesion. Additionally, personal writing made up a majority of my free time, yet many of these pieces were never shared with anyone. The way I had written as a kid was born out of excitement, but writing for myself did not challenge me to think about how my ideas connected with an audience. Not only were these pieces outside of the academic scope of writing and much more creative in nature, they were often just short pieces or even uncompleted, short bursts of ideas. My ideas remained mostly inside my head without being thoroughly explicated on paper, resulting often in unclear papers that were hard to follow. Being the only one to read thing stood in the way of being able to gain full comprehending from a reader’s perspective. My methods and style of writing largely made me

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