As I am sitting down trying to brainstorm more ideas to my re-purpose topic, I keep hitting a wall. I cannot stop thinking about how to approach my topic, leadership, like I did in my freshmen year english 125 class. I wrote an argumentative essay about what three qualities are needed for an effective leader. Now, (with the help from Sophie) I decided to approach my topic of leadership through writing for an sports magazine opinion editorial. That way, I can add in my own personal experiences of being on a division one college team along with my research aspect from my english class two years ago. I need to over come this wall of ‘writers block’ because I have to step out of my comfort zone (of writing argumentative/comm papers) and approach writing in my own unique way. Maybe my writer’s block is coming from me trying to start out with the introduction– I don’t have to start with my introduction, but that is what I am use to…. so its like C’MON EMILY, let’s move on (but that’s so easy, and why chose the easy side). As you read this post, I kid you not that I am telling you the dialogue I have with myself (plus or minus some swear words to myself as well)
Now, I am trying to use the qualities that I believe in and present this within my Op Ed with my own personal experiences. I am excited to tie in my experiences on my team with my leadership qualities and research. I do believe that it will help out and be easier to write my paper now with the narrow scope of sports. I am hoping that I can get my point across well, while gaining trust from my audience of the readers believing in what I am sharing/telling.
One question I have is to how to engage my writers? I do not want to sound repetitive but I do want to “drill” in my thoughts and ideas. Do I include “all-star” leaders within the nation and how they display leadership if it ties into my three qualities? I started to causally look into different leaders in sports (like Michael Jordan, Derek Jetter, etc). Check it out here.