(original) – I believe that I am not a writer, and never will be. I never found a connection with writing words and putting your thoughts out on paper. Writing always seemed dull and tedious and I could never think of anything worth writing. Despite my apparent hatred for writing I actually do not hate all words on a piece of paper or an English class for that matter. I just happen to hate everything that I write. Reading is one of my absolute favorite hobbies; there is nothing better than sitting down with a good book and finding yourself unable to put it down. After reading so many books maybe I compare my writings to them and find my personal writings lacking and dull. Growing up I did have a creative outlet and that was music. I started playing the guitar and piano when I was six and have been playing ever since. I always find it easier to convey emotions with music than words. After all, nothing makes an ordinary scene more tragic or awesome than a fantastic soundtrack. Unfortunately for me though, this is an English class not a music one. So my plan for this semester is simple. Since this should be the last English class I will ever take, I hope to write at least one creative story that I personally enjoy and am satisfied with. retrieved from http://twentytwowords.com/calvin-and-hobbes-discuss-the-purpose-of-writing/
(update) – Well wasn’t I just a ray of sunshine about writing assignments. In my defense, when you have sent so many papers to the slaughterhouse called “grading”, you have to distance yourself from them and pretend you do not care for your own sanity. But perhaps I was going about the process of writing wrong. Writing is an art form, and personally I would much rather read a book than look at a painting in a museum any day. But like all art, its purpose is to make the viewer feel something on an emotional level. Unfortunately for me, the only emotion I associated with writing was panic as the final day of a deadline rolled around. However, those deadlines always seemed to be just the thing I needed to get into the creative mood. retrieved from http://invisiblebread.com/2014/07/procrastinator/
So the first thing to change this semester was clearly my attitude towards writing. For some reason, mostly for English, I think it is a good use of my time to complain about an assignment for hours before finally sitting down and completing the assignment. Only after finishing it do I realize how pain free the process actually was. This semester, we had several assignments that were *gasp* actually fun for me to do. Fun and English, two words I never thought to say in a sentence together. One such assignment was the TV show analysis, where we had to analyze some aspect of a TV show. An assignment that requires me to watch a show? Yes please, I will take five of those to go. And with the final project, we were able to create infographics to present the information instead of an essay. Both of these assignments had a unique twist on them that made them feel much different than just a typical boring writing assignment. And that twist is just what I needed to feel more connected with my work. With my infographic, I did way more research and spent way more time making it than I original thought I would, and like a proud parent I displayed to the class, eager to show what I had created. So what do I believe? I believe writing is an important skill for everyone to have. While we may spend most of our time writing simple things like grocery lists and abbreviated text messages, the ability to bring your thoughts to life on paper and express what you think is a powerful tool. And of course when doing so, you do not want people to read what you have written and assume a caveman with a traumatic brain injury wrote it. Being able to write an exceptional paper is something I believe I am finally capable of now after this year. I have found a way to express my thoughts and find my personality as a writer. When it comes to writing, despite my original thoughts, I believe I will miss it.