Why do I write? When this question was initially proposed to me, a number of ideas popped into my head, and I thought that a response would be fairly standard. However, as I thought more about the topic, I began struggling to personalize it. The majority of the ideas that I was generating seemed to be generic, and one’s that most anyone could apply to their own experiences.
As I spent more and more of my free time trying to truly understand this question, a show I had on in the background pointed me in a direction that I had not previously considered. Hank Moody is the main character in the Showtime drama, Californication. At the beginning of the series he is essentially portrayed as a highly gifted writer who is no longer doing what he loves because of life events irrelevant to my argument. However, one particularly striking quote really resonated with me, and occurred as Hank was describing what writing had become in the 21st century. “Instead of writing, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it’s just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King’s English.”
I could not agree more with this quote, and this was the type of internal ruse that I was looking for to personalize my argument. However I was now facing the challenge of just how exactly I was going to incorporate this strong idea of what writing has become into the reasons that I write. This is a problem that I faced before when writing. I have a number of ideas that I think are strong, and possess some relation to the prompt assigned. However, it often takes me a considerable amount of time to be able to “connect the dots” into one cohesive argument that builds off of itself. I think that this might be one of the biggest reasons that blogging seems so foreign to me, as there is little time to organize and edit and rethink structural issues.
As far as working through these challenges, I will take the approach that I was raised by. Simply put, the more time you spend with anything, and the more repetitions that you go through, the more comfortable you will eventually become with it. In this specific assignment, I simply need to spend more time drawing different outlines, in hopes of finding the most effective way to structure the remainder of my paper. This method has rarely failed me in the past, and I am hoping that trend will forever continue.