I really, really enjoy the “Why I Write” topic. I mean that legitimately this time.
Normally, I get excited about assignments (I get excited pretty easily, not sure if this is good or bad), but then when I sit down to actually start to work, some of that anticipation dissipates.
But this time, I feel the same kind of urgency writing about “Why I Write” as I do when I’m writing about fun things for the Daily. I still feel that sense of urgency–which is awesome–because my paper is far from complete and I’m excited to see where it goes. When I’m writing about this subject, words flow freely and I’m not afraid to just write down every single idea that I have. I really love how unstructured the prompt is, because I feel like I’m allowed to jot down pretty much anything that has impacted me as a writer. I haven’t been given an assignment to write about myself (extensively) in forever, so this has been really intriguing for me.
Also, as a sidenote, I really enjoy completing peer reviews. I feel fulfilled after I complete one because I think my advice actually helps others. I’m not sure when my approach to peer reviewing changed, because before, I always felt like I was forcing my opinion on others and I hated it. Now, though, I appreciate it way more. Maybe I’ve learned to enjoy slight criticism and now I don’t mind making suggestions to others? Whatever the reason may be, I just know that I love it.
I don’t see the concept of peer review disappearing from the Minor in Writing anytime soon, but just in case, I would recommend never getting rid of it. Peer review is beneficial to everyone involved and I think most people agree that it seems necessary.