Last weeks class discussion made me feel as though I was running around in circles. When I think of writing, the first think that comes to mind is academic essays or teen novels by Judy Blume. I found the class discussion to be very interesting because I was able to hear what other people thought writing was in their definitions. It was rather difficult for me to expand my horizons and view writing as something that can be displayed in various areas/mediums. I was starting to be more accepting of different mediums that were being mentioned as writing and felt I left the class with a more open mind of what writing really is and how it is present everywhere.
Something that stood out to me in Ong’s piece was that writing is completely artificial and “there is no way to write ‘naturally’ in contrast to the same way that oral speech is natural.” Although we discussed in class that writing can be present in multiple mediums, I agree with Ong in the matter “writing is governed by consciously contrived, articulable rules.” Although what Ong explains is straightforward, it further describes how many pieces of work, whether it be plays, music, or a video montage, would not be possible without the art of writing.
Furthermore, the most interesting point I found Brandt making was that although it is presumed that reading precedes writing, one day that may not be the case. I think that this connects back to our class discussion and the point Brandt makes about connecting writing to the arts, in that writing varies among people doing different things. To some writing is an art and to others art is considered writing. I do believe that there is a line that constitutes what writing is and although that line remains a bit blurry for me, I hope to discover what writing means to me throughout the minor.
My goals for the minor are cut and dry in the sense that I want to become a better writer. I have always enjoyed reading novels and articles, however my desire to write was never overwhelming. I feel that writing well is one quality that can enhance a professional career. I have always experienced writing in a strictly academic manner and I believe that the minor in writing will allow me to expand my horizons in becoming an effective writer.