Posted on May 5, 2019
Writing has never been my cup of tea—it just wasn’t for me. There was just something about constructing words of sentences of paragraphs of an essay that proved to be difficult for me. In some aspects, I considered the task to be harder than any other assignment that I have ever been given. I never felt like I had the innate ability to write with the goal of conveying a message to an audience much less even reach them with my words. Although enrolling in WRT102 was a choice I had to make, this course has taught me a lot about writing and about myself in general. Stemming from an ideology that regarded writing to be very structured and standardized, I was challenged to realize otherwise. From the first assignment, I was encouraged to write freely about anything I wanted pertaining to literacy. A bit taken aback by the lack of restrictions and guidelines, I didn’t know where to start. I was used to getting clear instructions on what to include in my essay, but there was absolutely no sense of that here. At first, I struggled with what I could write about, but I soon realized I could write about almost anything and it would still be considered “right”. Another lesson I learned from this assignment was the introspective experience that writing can provide. Just from the invention phase, I found myself reflecting deeply on my life as I tried to find events in my childhood from which I could draw inspiration from. As I honed in on the topic of imagination, I was able to further that introspection in an effort to construct a timeline of literacy development to relay my thoughts to the readers.
Writing used to be so calculative for me; I had to make sure not to repeat words when synonyms could be used. I would focus solely on the technical aspects of my essay while the actual content became a secondary issue. I became fixated entirely on minor details and couldn’t move on until they were fixed. WRT102 taught me about the “shitty first draft” and how the first draft isn’t meant to be perfect—it’s supposed to have problems. Reading that article somehow lifted a huge burden off my shoulders and gave me the reality check I needed. Since then, I have given my first drafts much more leniency knowing that fixing minor problems comes later on.
With all this in mind, WRT102 has been a very beneficial course for me. It made me realize that there is no such thing as truly mastering the skill; writing is an extensive process that may in some cases never end. An essay is never complete—it can always be fixed and improved and it’s only the presence of a deadline that breaks this cycle. A final feature I liked about this course was that all the lessons I received are applicable in almost all of my other classes. Writing is a life skill that allows me to communicate with people through printed words and can be used in both the academic setting and the professional setting.