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Final Draft #2 Writing a Unique Process

Final Draft #2 Writing a Unique Process

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Cameron BolinProfessor WhickerEnglish 15110 February 2012Writing: A Unique Process
It was first period on the day my big paper was due for my Junior English class. Of course, I wasnot finished so I had to rapidly throw as much information into my paper as possible. This was how Iused to write until I realized that writing a paper was authors unique way of expressing themselves.Most people believe writing is just a process of putting ideas down on paper, but scholarly writers helpme prove that there is much more to writing. Think of how you write; do you have to be in the sameenvironment each time with limited distractions, or can you be in a noisy atmosphere? If I am notcompletely zoned out in my own little world when writing, it seems like I cannot write much more than afew sentences at a time. And that is not the way I like to write; my best papers are produced in onedraft, all written in one night. I have often found myself in that frustrating position where nothing seemsto come to mind, no matter how hard I try. This can be the most helpless feeling in the world; but byrecently acquiring that confidence in my work and determination to produce a successful writing piece,my thoughts have started coming to me more fluently. I see myself as a writer that does my best workwhen I incorporate events and memories that are important to me in my paper. Everyone has their ownstyle of writing and this is what makes writing so special. Its not about following a certain criteria stepby step, but rather being able to dig deep inside yourself and pull out that special paper that you maynot have even known was there.So here I am, sitting in a dark room at my desk with the dim lamp-light providing some visibility;that peaceful Jack Johnson beat humming through my headphones, and no disruptions anywhere. Whatis it about this environment that enables me to write? The best answer I have is that by being secluded
in my own room away from anyone and everyone, I have that sense of freedom to write withoutworrying about all the other tasks I need to accomplish. Like Stephen King wrote in his article,
What Writing Is
, If you construct your own far-seeing place thats your own little red wagon (King 305). Itake this as meaning the best writing comes from someone who can get in that special place that theyhave invented because then you are in your own comfort zone. I know if I am in a crowded area withlots of people around, I can hardly ever write anything productive. The light sound of the air conditionerbehind me, along with some music, puts me in my own peaceful world, just me and my laptop. Yet, untilthat word phrase popped in my head, I hadnt even noticed the computer screen. I was envisioning allthe papers I had written in the past few years and how the best ones came to me when I was nearly inthis same environment. Before finding this comfort zone, I struggled so much with writing.So there I was, already a senior in high school, and I still had trouble writing papers for myEnglish class. It was so demoralizing spending hours upon hours each day trying to finish a simple paper.I would sit at the library during study hall, attempting to write one of these papers, but all I could thinkof was what I had to do later that day. Being a team captain on the basketball team, I often spent mytime thinking of ways to help the team succeed at the next game or how I could make myself and therest of the guys better later that evening at practice. Then once I went home that evening, I eitherwanted to just relax, or I would go through the game play-by-play in my head, thinking of what I couldhave done better. I felt this was a unique version of a writers block, but it always seemed to affect me.Even when I would clear my mind of the game or practice, I would still have a terrible time coming upwith the precise words to fit the paper. Anne Lamott, a scholarly writer, stated it best when she said,The right words and sentences just do not come pouring out like ticker tape most of the time (Lamott301). Dont think youre the only one that has a tough time writing papers because it is a very commonproblem that many of us face regularly. The best technique I have found when writing is to get in thatright place and make sure to have a nice outline of what you plan to write about. I can always tell after
reading my writings whether or not I had it all planned out in its entirety before starting. Planning is akey to my success in writing, as well as getting all my thoughts out and on paper at once.I see myself as a one-draft writer, although I do take occasional breaks; I try to finish everythingin one night because I feel like if I stop and then come back to my paper, I will have to reread it all andtry to get back in that writing mood. By being a one-draft writer, I tend to do all of my pre-writingbeforehand, by simply designing some structure into my paper so I dont get off topic. One-draft writershave a tendency to to do all of their revision and transcribing mentally while they are writing, ratherthan writing it all out and then revising it afterwards (Harris 178). I think I am a one-draft writer becauseeach time I start writing a sentence, there is a little voice in my head telling me to reword or delete auseless word phrase. By doing this, I edit my paper while I am writing it, instead of after I finish it all.This little voice can be thought as an inner critic because it forces me to keep working at mypaper until I am completely satisfied. Fortunately for me, I always had coaches in high school thatpushed me to my limits so I had that ability to do the same to myself through that inner critic. AlthoughI often get aggravated for being so critical of my work, I think this helps me produce better papers. If I just accept whatever I write down, then all of my papers will be lousy and unacceptable. I like to makesure everything I do is to my best ability and writing is no different. Allegra Goodman thinks once yourelax your inner critic, you will often be able to shrug it off your shoulder and start writing effectively. Istrongly agree with her in the article,
alming the Inner 
ritic and Getting to Work 
, when she says, Loveyour material. Nothing frightens the inner critic more than the writer who loves her work (Goodman309). This goes back to what I said in the introduction about having confidence in what I write. A fewyears ago when I was not very confident in my papers, I could never please my inner critic no matterhow hard I tried. Nowadays, I write with that self-assurance in my work and it turns out to be extremelybeneficial. This doesnt mean I think my writing is as great as scholarly authors, but it does give me aboost to write with self-confidence.

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