For the entirety of my short writing career, I relied on a rigid, formulaic process designed to complete any writing assignment thrown at me. It went like this: read the assignment, think about what I want to say, write a detailed outline, and then carefully write a couple paragraphs per day until my first draft (which was often my final draft) was complete. I mastered this methodology, and it usually produced success both in terms of grades and in terms of my satisfaction as a writer. But after attending a few classes in the Minor in Writing program and after reading “How Writing Leads to Thinking,” I have come to a couple realizations. I now understand that the type of writing that I will be doing in this class is unlike any other kind of writing that I have done before. This will call for a new creative process (probably one that allows more flexibility, and probably one that is actually, well, creative). My prior writing process worked for the classic essay assignments that I have always been asked to do, but it won’t produce any satisfying piece of art in this class. Also, by reading about the art of writing, I understand that writing is so much more than what it can appear to be. Writing is about communication, and struggling over how to do so most effectively. Writing is a painstaking, frustrating, and worthy struggle that is owed more than just one outline and one draft; it is owed a deeper, and more creative process. Writing is about discovery of thought and about self-discovery. It is my hope that if I really engage in the curriculum for the Minor in Writing, I can discover new ideas, unlock my more creative side, and say something important to my readers along the way. I am intimidated by the blank screens that will have to turn into my ePortfolio, but I am also excited and willing to really get started.