If I had to pick one thing about school that I do not really like it would be writing. Not writing my name or a few sentences, or little things like that, but writing papers and essays and reports and things like this. I really have to be in the mood for writing and that happens ummm… well, it never happens. First you have to pick a topic that is interesting and easy to write about. But I think that is one of the harder parts. I want it to be about something that interests me, but I can never seem to get enough information about what I like. At this point it has been a week and I have not even started to write. And of course I would like it to be about something that other people would want to read about (which I have no ideas about). After I finally decide on a topic, usually because I have run out of time, I have to write the first draft. A good writer is supposed to write three to four drafts, but I am lucky if I end up with two. I don’t want to have to copy anything over more than I have to, and by that time I am tired of reading whatever I wrote about. I really am not the kind of person who can keep writing no matter how many mistakes I make. I get very picky on even the first draft. Like now as I am typing this, every time I make a mistake I have to go back and fix it instead of letting the spell check do it or fixing it later. I know you are just supposed to let ideas fly, but it goes very slowly for me. I do not think I would make a very good author. I like to have someone else look at my writing when I am done (or think I’m done) because they always find things (sometimes obvious things) that I can’t believe I missed. Then comes the typing part, which I am pretty slow at doing, so I don’t think I would make a very good secretary either. This whole process usually takes two to three weeks. I find it hard to get motivated sometimes because I do not really have a deadline. I think that part of the reason that I do not like writing is because I don’t do it enough. I am usually only required to write one big paper a year, along with a few essays every once in a while. I feel really great about myself when I write something good. I would probably enjoy writing more if I felt I were better at it. But I cannot get better without doing it more often. So probably writing these memos every week will be really good for me, even though I will continue to complain about them! So who knows, maybe I will like writing better at the end of this semester. I doubt it, but you never know.
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