Cmolik 2all those red marks on a paper or the comments they leave can affect a student or upset them. Buteven still, very little people have given the thought to how these comments and proofreading
marks can affect a student‟s creativity a
nd their desire to be creative when writing. Whenteachers go about marking every little grammar or spelling error and leaving such unhelpful,generic comments on stud
ent‟s papers, it can cause them to give up hope in themselves and their
writing ability. That is why when teachers grade or look at papers, they need to not think aboutpointing out every little error or mistake, or telling students how their ideas are unclear and the
point they are trying to make isn‟t very strong, but instead, while doing so, suggest another
option or question the student to make them think about what they have written. This way,
students won‟t feel as if
them andthere writing is being attacked and will continue to write withthe creative insight that every good written work needs.When many English teachers and scholarscollaborately alikethink of creative writing,many of them think it is just a silly electiveclass, thatclass thatis more fun than it is work andwriting.
But what they don‟t realize is every piece of work any person writes or has written iscreative writing. David McVey even goes as far as saying “…any writing, from the published
instructions for using a power drill to the most esoteric literary poetry, uses the raw materials of
language, experience, knowledge, textual sources, and the author‟s own ideas and imaginings to bring something into existence that did not exist before.” (McVey 289).
When we are writingacademic research papers, in order for them to be great, they require a great dealof creativethinking. When one decides on the layout or structure of a paper, how they are going to addressor argue certain points, or even when deciding how each citation or quote from a source is goingto flow into the paper nicely, we are using creative thinking to do so. Even if two differentstudents in the same class were presented with a very specific topic for a paper and given the