It’s hard to imagine a life without writing. From research papers, school essays, and resumes, to text messaging, grocery lists, and passing notes during class, writing is a huge part of my daily life. Sometimes I write as part of requirements for a class of to apply for a scholarship or a program. Other times I write to amuse myself or to remind myself to do something.
I’ve even been known to write a letter or two. But it wasn’t always this way. In fact, there was a time when I hated writing. It was during my freshman year of high school. I had just moved to a new town and was attending a brand new school. I was feeling very overwhelmed and homesick. On top of that, I had to take an English class.
I remember the first writing assignment we were given in that class. We had to write a paper about our favorite book. It sounded easy enough, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get started. I didn’t know how to organize my thoughts or put them into words. So, I ended up getting a very low grade on that paper.
It wasn’t just that one assignment, either. I consistently got low grades on all of my writing assignments that year. And to make matters worse, the teacher would always give me comments like, “This is good, but you need to work on your sentence structure” or “You have some good ideas, but your grammar is incorrect.” I felt so discouraged.
Thankfully, I had a friend in that class who was also struggling with writing. Together, we would help each other edit our papers and offer suggestions for improvement. Slowly but surely, my grades started to improve. And by the end of the year, I had even won a writing contest!
Now, I love writing. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I’m not saying that I’m perfect at it or that I don’t still make mistakes. But I enjoy the challenge of taking my thoughts and organizing them into a coherent piece of writing.
Writing is a great way to communicate your ideas and share your thoughts with others. So if you’re struggling with writing, don’t give up! Keep practicing and seeking out help, and you’ll get better in no time.
I’ve evolved as a person and my writing has evolved with me. When I was in elementary school, I had no interest in writing. I simply delighted in recording whatever thoughts entered my mind on paper. I used to be very serious about keeping a daily diary before going to bed each night.
Whatever entered my head could have been recorded: song lyrics, to-do lists, hilarious jokes or stories, a quotation from something I read, and so on There was no limit to what might end up in the journal.
I just liked the act of writing and having a place to capture my thoughts. In high school, I started taking writing more seriously. I began to see it as a way to communicate what was going on in my head, and also as a way to express myself. I wrote a lot of poems and short stories, and I even won a few contests. But I still didn’t think of myself as a “writer”.
It wasn’t until I got to college that I realized that writing could be more than just a hobby. I took a few creative writing classes and found that I really enjoyed the challenge of crafting a well-written piece. I also loved the feeling of satisfaction that came with completing a project.
Now, I still enjoy writing for fun, but I also see it as a valuable skill. I use writing in my job as a marketing coordinator, and I’ve even dabbled in freelance writing. Who knows what the future holds, but for now, I’m happy to call myself a writer.
This pleasurable writing didn’t have any organization. I usually just utilized quick abbreviations, images rather than words, and a tiny word that acted as a cue to the rest of the subject when I was a kid. Writing was a means for me to communicate as a youngster.
I would write about what made me happy or what made me upset. I used writing as a way of communicating with myself, trying to understand my own emotions. As I grew up, writing became more and more about communication with others. In school, we were often asked to write papers on various topics.
At first, I found this quite difficult because I was not used to structuring my thoughts in a way that would be coherent to someone else. However, with practice, I gradually improved my skills and began to enjoy writing papers. Nowadays, I still use writing as a way to communicate with others, whether it be through emails, articles, or even just simple notes. Writing has become an essential part of my life and I cannot imagine living without it.
To me, writing a paper on bacteria sounds awful; yet if it was a research project on ‘which stores offer the greatest jeans for adolescent girls’ or ‘a poll on the best looking actor of 2013,’ I’d be interested. When I want to write, I’m at my most productive.
When it has to be done, I can do it but with a lot of mental moaning and groaning. This is not the way that it should be. Writing is supposed to be fun; an outlet for creativity and expression. So why does the process have to be so painful?
There are a few reasons why I think that writing is so difficult for me. First of all, I’m not very confident in my abilities. I second guess myself a lot and end up doubting everything that I write. This leads to a lot of wasted time and energy spent on something that will probably never see the light of day. Secondly, I get easily distracted when I’m trying to write. I’ll start thinking about something else and before I know it, an hour has gone by and I’ve accomplished nothing.
I’m working on overcoming these obstacles though. For the confidence issue, I’m trying to remind myself that everyone has to start somewhere. My writing may not be perfect but it’s mine and I should be proud of it.
As for the distraction problem, I’m trying to create a more focused environment for myself when I write. This means no music, no TV, no social media, just me and my thoughts. It’s a work in progress but I think that if I can keep at it, writing will become a much more enjoyable experience for me.