English 102 Writing Assessment
Out of the seven stages of the writing process, sharing/publishing is the stage that gives me the most trouble. I think I don’t have the confidence that’s needed to be able to share your work with others. I used to write a lot. So much, in fact, that I thought my journal entries could make for a pretty interesting book someday. I never showed anyone my writing. I always hid it, and would almost go into hysterics if anyone looked at it. Writing was my escape and very private.
Currently, my technique for publishing/sharing is talking with people who I am close with and trust to give me their honest opinion. I’ll usually ask my husband to read to himself what I’ve got done and then again out loud. This way I can be honest with him and tell him what I hear wrong because I feel like when I’m reading it to myself it can sound right almost every time I read it. But, hearing it from someone else’s mouth can let you hear if the flow is ok.
This stage creates a struggle for me because I’ve never liked speaking in front of people, nor do I like sharing something that I’ve been working on. I guess the ultimate fear of it comes from what people will have to say about something I’ve worked so hard on. Will they like it? Will they hate it? Will I be able to take that constructive criticism well? All of these thoughts run by me and I tend to just keep to myself and get what needs to be done, done. I’ve recently become interested in Behavioral Health, to become a counselor. So, I hope to gain some confidence in my writing, because If I can’t share something I’ve written, How can I share my stories out loud when speaking to others?