The thing that has been particularly stressful to me this semester has been actually finding the time to sit down and write. Actually write. In the past, I feel like I’ve been able to carve out time to enjoy my writing — to plan ahead, revise, and take my time — but this year, not so much. Especially when it comes to a project like our Re-Purposing assignment, which is totally interesting, I wish that I had made better choices and had more time to do what I want to do. (But there is time to turn in revised drafts, which is great!)
As for the assignment, I’m writing a kind of essay that is designed for college freshmen at U of M, which has been interesting to write. My problems have been that
1. I haven’t had enough time to write a quality first or second draft, so I have a ton of work to do revising and editing the paper to sound the way I want it to
2. I’m still conflicted about how I want my tone to sound. The paper that I’m basing my structure off of is very much a professional article with lots of facts and data — but I don’t think that would be the most effective way to reach my audience. So right now I’m torn between writing to reach an audience in a more colloquial (but still professional) style, or going a completely different direction and using my “model article” to try a new style of more academic writing.
And what’s worse is that it’s crunch time, so I have to make a decision — quick!