Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Blogger Writing Struggle

A large handful of bloggers write because they enjoy it or it's their job. I started blogging partly to enhance my writing skills. This is a post about a writing struggle situation I've personally encountered.

Unicorns. Write a paper that intelligently proves they exist or FAIL? Being given an assignment with limited background information is where I shy away in regards to persuasive papers. That’s why in ENL 101 the time when I struggled with a writing task was when we had to write about nootropic drugs. The task was to create a claim about Nootropic drugs that is related to education. For example; do they help or damage student performance, should nootropic drugs be further invested, are they better than drugs prescribed for students with ADHD/ADD? What did I do to overcome the issue? Well obviously I had to go out and actually try out the nootropic drugs. As an engineer I like to base my arguments off of hard primary facts and with a lack of experiments with nootropic drugs I set out to find the freshman Adderall provider and personally try a nootropic drug. In class we talked about the pros and cons of nootropic drugs, so that everyone had a miniscule pool of background information before creating our thesis. I wanted to prove that nootropic drugs should be invested in because traditional drugs for ADHD students were more detrimental than not. Well an olde to my procrastination habit for allowing me to actually dodge trying to find nootropic drugs and guiding me to using online scholarly articles and sites and fuel my argument.


My paper was like the epitome of the paper that freshman are used to presenting, straight out of high school, as mentioned in Kelsey Diaz’s paper, “Seven Ways High School Prepares You for Failure”. I grabbed some important looking quotes, slapped them into a word document, restated them, and felt pretty good about actually completing a paper on a topic that I was reluctant to start due to lack of background information. If I don’t know about it, it is a daunting task to defend it (Side note: I plan to attack daunting task this semester, with a dauntless approach).



Photo has nothing to do with writing. Wanted to share because it has everything to do with my academic and professional development. US Senator Elizabeth Warren and I. 

My approach is probably similar to the first draft approach of the authors from Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” excerpt; however, “All good writers write them” (Lamott 301). So I must be progressing somehow because I had no idea where to start but as Lamott quotes from a writer, “you can either type or kill yourself.” And with goals of achieving an A in ENL 101, I typed.


I appreciate freedom in allowing students to hunt down their own thesis; however, I ask for specific assignment requirements and directions. If I don’t know what you are expecting as a desired finished product than please spare me the adverse thoughts you may have from the journey that my imagination has commenced. For students like me, I would recommend a push in creativity. My other classes don’t allow a lot of speaking time for my creativity so, it stays hidden in its dressing for quite some time. And when my creativity is presented with appearance opportunities, I either walk out of the dressing room in casual attire or a sparkly gown for a big sha-bang. In other words, the range at which I am creative in my writing can depend on the assignment and how much teachers push me. I understand that writing is important as I progress in my career so, I look forward to conquering my some of my writing struggles.


Grammarly yours, SemirahD


*Disclaimer: This is an assignment I did in my first year English class about a personal writing struggle situation*

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