I think most people like choices. In the cereal aisle at any supermarket, you’ll see plenty of options ranging from Honey Nut Cheerios to Froot Loops. (I think that’s actually spelled “correctly.”) I’m not the type of person who likes choices. In fact, I like to make decisions based on as few choices as possible. When I’m at a restaurant with a lengthy menu, I tend to feel overwhelmed. I read the prompt for this essay and noticed this sentence: “The structure of this essay is up to you.” No! Now I have so many decisions to make. I have to determine the organization, tone, and delivery of this paper. So many options. But I must look at writing this essay as an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the decisions I make in my writing. I have made clear choices in past writings, so this may also serve as a way to defend my past decisions.
The two pieces we read for today resonated with me. It took me a while to realize, but I now understand that the a key component of writing is actually writing. As Sullivan would agree, I had to let go and simply put something down on paper. Far too many times I would attempt to develop my thoughts fully in my head before even tapping away on the keyboard. This method resulted in my hyper-awareness of what I was writing and an inability to put pure thoughts down on my paper. I was trying too hard to be perfect. My high school English teacher once said “Writing is rewriting.” I took this to mean that a piece is never complete. There’s always work to be done. This frustrates me, yet I eventually came to acknowledge that the writing process never stops because nothing is perfect.
I’m still in the midst of determining where I want to take my essay. I’m still determining whether I want to revert to my go-to style of argumentative essay or embrace a narrative style. I plan to include my previous writings to best explain “Why I Write.” I hope to convey to the reader that I write because I love thoughtful discussion. Although I tend to write argumentative papers, I really love engaging in conversations and finding common ground.
I look forward to writing this essay. I believe it will give me a nice space to reflect on my prior essays and prepare for the writing ahead.