As I read “How Writing Leads to Thinking,” I already notice Hunt’s thoughts playing out before my eyes. In particular, I see a transition in her writing when she moves from the “first rule,” to the “Second rule;” she becomes more comfortable with random thought, and run-on sentences (indicative of more “free” thought.). The topic she’s speaking about is evident in this piece in particular (I wonder if this was intentional.) As she writes the piece, her own thoughts become developed—a certain reverse brainstorming that might be more productive than thinking then writing, respectively.
That’s the way I look at the Writing Minor—an endless re-purposing of a project that seems drawn out and counter-intuitive but adversely, it’s a way to “develop some distance from it,” and a way to develop our own thoughts again, and again. Since writing is so much about this revision process, or as Hunt would say: “the weeding, thinning, mulching, and watering,” it’s important that we can continuously break off our work from ourselves, and douse it with self-criticism, and constructive criticism from others. For example, much of what I write I find to be an extension of my personality, and I often read it over, and over, and over again in the hopes of looking deeper into it. But more often than not, I only re-live the emotions that were available to write it, rather than feel detached, and ready for “good” revision.
This piece inspires me to avoid “the anxiety caused by the unconscious realization that what you write is you and has to be held out for others to see,” throughout this course. It inspires me to take my stream of consciousness, in its most primitive form, and let it run free, and even let it rise to the occasion of scrutiny from myself as well as my revisionary audience. I want to let my writing do the thinking for me, and let my ideas come a millisecond after my words drown the page. After reading this piece, I realized that my immediate thoughts are sometimes shadowed by what I think will make for a good sentence, riddled with backspaces and clever word choice. But, what I should do is abandon the audience for a moment, and write my first draft without uncertainty.
I hope that as I learn to write, not just “polish” my writing, I can write freely with the hope of thinking, and think freely without the fear of revision.