2: How Writing Gets Done

I would like to begin this post by letting off some steam. First off, who knew that in college there would be so much reading to do? I had no idea. Thankfully, this reading is actually interesting, and somewhat helpful, so I didn’t feel as if the pages were dragging on into eternity, my mind going blank causing me to reread every sentence. On the other hand, this is the second time that I have read a paper this week on the subject of writing, and I think that that is pretty cool. I haven’t gotten so much advice or had so many revelations about writing in years, but by simply reading a few essays I have learned that my entire writing process is basically inefficient.

One of my newest revelations is that Hjortshoj is one of my favorite authors. I truly appreciate the engaging way he writes his essays, and what he writes about is extremely easy for me to relate to. After reading his essay, “Footstools and Furniture” I thought that the only thing that I was doing wrong with my writing, was writing a five paragraph essay. I didn’t realize that my entire writing process was hindering my writing capabilities. Thankfully, Hjortshoj has offered some fantastic insight as to how to improve your writing process in his essay, “How Writing Gets Done”. Connecting back to his first essay, in “How Writing Gets Done” Hjortshoj again mentions the fact that without new thoughts while writing a paper, a student will have an essay that goes “nowhere” (Hjortshoj, 51). This brings me to another quote from Hjortshoj’s essay about writing under “time constraints” and a “sense of completion” (Hjortshoj, 63). Cioffi also mentions that “good writing… must be constructed over time” (Cioffi, 31). I always feel that since I don’t have much time as a student to continuously revise my essays, that as soon as I get something at least slightly comprehensible on paper, I have finished it. Both authors talk about the lack of new ideas and feelings in papers that have been written simply to meet a due date. In order to avoid this problem, I am going to try and take their advice of outlining, thinking about my feelings, and reading my drafts aloud. I think that these three parts of a process will really help me as I work towards my final draft. Thank you Hjortshoj and Cioffi!

My learning style graph really seems to understand me! I got higher scores in solitary and physical, which accurately depicts my kind of learning. I prefer to study and work alone, group projects are sometimes hard for me as I quite often feel disappointed by efforts from others in my group. I hold standards for myself ridiculously high, which may be why my social category ranks a bit lower. I think it’s interesting that my logical thinking (4) ranks so low, as I have always thought myself to be somebody more right brained, rather than left brained. To be honest though, I’m glad that it thinks of me as a more creative person. Maybe that’s why I have trouble thinking of logical ways to write a paper.

Although I’m not entirely sure how my aural ranking would affect my learning styles, it looks like it’s pretty important to me! Maybe that’s why I like typing when it’s quiet. The sound of the keys clacking inspires me, and makes me feel like I’m really chugging along on whatever I am doing!

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This is a place for me to keep all of my work from my Writing 100 class that I took with Professor Jennifer Metsker.

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