This being my last blog post of the semester, I think it is appropriate that I reflect on the things I learned in this class and how I’m a better writer because of them. This class taught me that I am not the only person who struggles with the writing process and that it’s okay to actually hate writing; in the same vein, it has made me realize that I love having written.
I also learned the commonality of “shitty first drafts” and how “practically everyone’s first draft sucks.” For me coming in, I always thought that my first drafts were pretty decent and that they only needed minor tweaking when it came to revising—ohhhh was I wrong. The reality of the matter is that the more eyes you get reading your paper and the more feedback you receive, the more you start to realize how bad your first draft really was and how much room there is for improvement.
Lastly, I learned to push myself as a writer. I learned to identify the holes in my writing, where things didn’t quite add up, and how I could holistically make my papers better. More often than not, the old “try, try again” approach will lead to a quality final product; even if it does require you to write draft after draft after draft…
More than any English/Writing class I’ve ever taken, has this class had challenged and changed my perspective on the art and practice of writing. With the knowledge I’ve obtained, I look forward to the Writing 400 capstone course as well as my future as a writer.