One of my favorite lines from Lynn Hunt’s “How Writing Leads to Thinking” is “writing requires an unending effort at something resembling authenticity” (pg. 3). This passage immediately jumped out at me when I was reading Hunt’s essay because I am always striving to make my writing nuanced and steer clear from the dreaded “cliche.” Although this is more than likely the goal of every writer, I sometimes take it a little too far by analyzing all of my thoughts to the point of frustration and utter confusion. Much like Hunt was describing, I second-guess the words I put on the page and end up erasing tons of sentences and paragraphs that were probably great to begin with. When writing a paper, my screen can easily turn into a blank page of nothingness if I end up erasing everything I say in a fit of self-doubt. This struggle, I’m sure, is not unique. However, Hunt lends a beacon of hope when it comes to us unsure perfectionists when she says that writing requires you to pursue “something resembling authenticity.” This is important. She does not say, writers must pursue authenticity, but instead a writing that resembles authentic. In a way, Hunt is saying there is no way to make your writing truly authentic. This can be challenged, of course, but I find comfort in believing this to be true. Instead of constantly worrying about whether or not my writing sounds “new” or “interesting” or “unique,” I hope to be able to accept the fact that finding my individual voice is going to be a long, and ultimately never ending, journey.
Thinking about my goals for the Minor in Writing as a whole, I really connect with Hunt’s “radish rule” she discusses on page two of her essay. The idea of growing my writing everyday just like the growth of her grandmother’s radishes really relates to my second goal of slowing down my writing process by maintaining a steady momentum everyday. I think this goal, as well as my previous one, can be accomplished through the Minor in Writing curriculum due to the reinforcement of the importance of drafting and rewriting. I am excited to see where I can take my writing by spending time to write “shitty first drafts” and even better second, third, and maybe even fourth ones. I am pumped and full of joy to begin this semester and start learning more about myself, my voice, and my writing.