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I am not, by any means, a Shakespeare, Stephen King, or John Grisham. It would take enormous amounts of time, practice, and effort to be considered a long shot at a Pulitzer Prize. Yet, I intend to progress my writing by setting more achievable goals, building on new ideas, and developing new skills. Also, I will use the advice of instructors and peers, and draw from previous writing experiences to mold this and future writing experiences. When I sit down to write, I must do so in a clean, well-organized, and well-lit area. The space must be free from distractions, such as the television or radio, so that I am able to focus and gather my thoughts. I like to begin my writings similar to the way William Stafford says he starts, “To get started I will accept anything that occurs to me.
” Writing down any thought that will help support and provoke more thoughts and ideas. When my thoughts become cloudy, I like to rise from my seat and walk around speaking out ideas to myself. I find this practice helps to jumpstart my brain activity and clear my foggy mind.Most of my writings have been those of the classroom assignment variety. The assignments consist of free writes, essays, research and term papers, but none of these come to mind as an experience worth noting. I never had a writing published or received any type of an award. I seldom did any wrtiting out of school, or writing for leisure as some might say.
The bottom line is, I just don’t have te time to write for leisure, with a full time job, attending night school, and raising two children, my day are consumed rapidly. If I did have the time to sit down and write, I’m not sure that I would write. I keep most of my thoughts to myself, not on paper.
Although it does feel nice to express my thoughts and feelings onto the page. I can see my thoughts unfold, and I can organize them to develop new ideas.The only writings I do these days, outside of school, are memos and proposals for my occupation.
I work in an office for an interior design center. These memos and proposals are not personal and are not very thought provoking. Therefore, do not serve many purposes in helping me to become a better writer. Another resource I like to use, and in my opinion the best resource, is people.
My mother, for example, is a bright and intelligent woman who helped me significantly during my school days and who continues to guide me through my adulthood. She is an Assistant Principal at a parochial school after having been an English teacher for some twenty odd years. She was even my eighth grade homeromm teacher. Whether it was a question about an assignment or about life, she never gave me the answer.
Instead she would guide me and encourage me use my own thoughts, ideas, and intuitions.