Last night, as Sheila Murphy spoke about How she writes, I took the time to think about my own process of writing and how it differs from other writers. Many of the things she mentioned were very interesting, one being the importance of getting to know yourself as a writer. She discussed how she was able to finally “sit herself down” and start writing when she learned the best time for her to write (early morning, mid-day, late night) and made a personal space that was her own. Although these writing techniques do not directly apply to writing as a college student, they are still things to consider when writing any kind of piece at all. Even while working on my Re-Purposing Project, I like to work in the middle of the day and in my own personal space.
Another interesting aspect of her speech was when she spoke about audience. As Sheila said, “How great would it be to write something that my grandfather or father would enjoy,” and not just because I am their daughter or granddaughter. Although it is important to pick a specific audience in your writing, it would always be nice to write to a wide audience so that a wider variety of people can enjoy your work. Sheila also talked about writing something that you are passionate about. She talked about her experiences in undergrad where she started on an art history path and continued to take more interesting classes as her interests grew. She also said that there is no way she would have made it through the nine-year process of writing a book if it was not about something she is passionate about. This inspired me to make sure everything I write is about something that I am passionate about and something that I want to learn more about.