How I Feel About Writing
Depending on the topic, when I receive a writing assignment, my initial reaction
may be positive or negative. If it’s on a subject I enjoy, or a style of writing such as poetry, then my reaction is positive and writing a paper is generally easy and enjoyable. My reaction may be negative if the topic is one that I am not very interested in. I generally enjoy writing, most especially poetry, which I do for pleasure. It’s a way to express my feelings; it may just start as a few lines of free verse, but at times I will end up with an epigram or quatrain. Yes, I do enjoy creating poetry, I am able to easily put it into words. When writing about a topic or subject I do not enjoy or is rather unpleasant, I may do it quickly to get it done, or put it off until its near the deadline. It all depends on what the subject is, it is easy to put off a writing task, just as it is easy to procrastinate on anything that one finds unpleasant. Over time, I have realized that I’ve done my best writing when there is an upcoming deadline, with pressure to complete it.
When I have a writing assignment, I prefer to use a computer either a desktop or laptop. When research is involved, a computer makes it easy to search web sites for information and then switch back to the rough draft of my paper. Having spell check, a dictionary and thesaurus among other writing tools and features do make it very easy to have a properly formatted and grammatically correct paper.
If the paper is to be a long research paper, I gather my information by either using a text book or search engine like Google. Sometimes I will print the results out if it is not too many pages, I do not like to waste paper. If from a text, I like to have it next to me. Sometimes I start out writing an outline on a legal pad, then transpose it to my computer. I reread my paper multiple times, so as to be certain that I properly organized my thoughts. When taking a...