Something I definitely find different from the view of Orwell is that I did not know I was going to be a writer form an early age. If you asked “sophomore in high school me” if I would be minoring in writing four years later I would have told you were crazy. Writing was never something I found fun. I enjoyed it more so than math, therefore it was bearable. I know that all sounds really harsh, but it is true in the sense that I always felt smothered by academic writing. The English and writing classes that I have experienced in college have given me the chance to explore new types or writing that are not as constraining.
At this point, I feel as though I have learned how to write in my own voice. For as long as I remember I would always try to write like the amazing writers I read. Copying their sentence, structure tone, and ideas. It worked for them so I tried to make that work for me. Since then, I have learned that it is okay do do something different and to say something different. uber cliché I know, but it is true. I never would have imagined that this whole class would revolve around my trip to London. Learning how to express the journey on different platforms and through different mediums has been a skill that I will be able to transfer to all areas of my academics.
At this point this class has also forced me to get more familiar with certain technologies. I mean I am creating an iBook; I would have never guessed that when I embarked on the writing minor that would be possibility. Sullivan expresses his thoughts on writing in a blog as “to blog is therefore to let go of your writing in a way, to hold it at arm’s length, open it to scrutiny, allow it to float in the ether for a while, and to let others, as Montaigne did, pivot you toward relative truth.” I did not relate to Sullivan this past summer when I was writing the original source for my repurposing project nor did I really care. However, now I feel like I can relate more to what these writers are expressing in their thoughts of development as writers.