What I Thought I Knew
Upon signing up for this English class, the first and only thing I thought was, “Oh no, do I really have to do this?” When I was a student in high school and even now in college, the slightest thought of writing a paper would make me die a little on the inside. Intimidation of how other students could start a rough draft and have a nearly perfect paper the first time around was always a factor for me. A sense of being unsure about my abilities to write and myself would come over me. Thanks to a few techniques I have learned and applying to my writing, I am slowly yet surely dropping my fear of writing.
For starters I discovered that I have an awful case of writer’s anxiety that made me feel nervous about anything involving writing to the point I wouldn’t know where to start. I learned that writing is a process that you will go back and forth with through the many steps. Making more than one draft is necessary to develop a better paper over all. Letting others proofread your ideas to see what you do not need could bring you back to the invention stage to revise your draft. Letting others edit my work to see where I had messed up would make me frustrated. Little did I know that “messing up” is actually better to do in the long haul for your paper because it is part of the editing stage of the entire writing process.
Mainly, writing is a system that makes the piece come together as a whole. You shouldn’t over work yourself on a paper, and give yourself days to rest and let new ideas come to light. The invention of these new ideas may start an entire different paper than the one in which you started with. Once dropped the baggage and anxiety of writing, it is much easier to start writing and make the perfect paper you want in the end.