What is “Daily Writing”?
What to Write?
How To Begin
Sending copies to others
Saving to a cloud storage account
What to do when technology fails
- Most importantly, do not panic. More often than not, you can retrieve your work, even if it’s not your most recent draft, from an email to or from your mentor. You may have to redo some of your work, but it’s better than starting from scratch.
- Start contacting the people you work with who have read your work. Search your email for the document title to see if you sent it as an attachment at some point.
- Redo any work that you lost. Do not worry about getting the wording exactly the same. It can be beneficial to rewrite anyway. You have thought about your contents longer than when you wrote your initial draft. Because of this, you will have an easier time being concise.
- If you lost most or all of your work, rewrite it. Do not give up hope. It will take some time, but not nearly as much as your initial draft took. Like I said before, you have been thinking about it and already written a draft, so you will be able to compose your new draft quickly.
On Wordsworth and the Current Society
On Writing in the University and the Classroom
On the Connection to Undergraduate Research
Keep these ideas in mind next time you are working against writer’s block. It is necessary to learn how to get around it, so you can write your paper the way you want. Writer’s block happens, but we don’t need to let it rule our finals weeks.
What is a research question?
Find a topic that interests you
Too broad? Too narrow?
Debunking Common Writing Myths
- Good writers are born that way. Like anything else in life, some people are better writers than others. However, remember that the vast majority of people who are good writers have put in hours of work and learned through the process of writing.. Also, know that no one is born with a perfect understanding of grammar, mechanics, and idea organization. All of these things may come easier to some, but most writers would say that there is a learning process involved in writing in which they are continually improving. So, when you begin to think that writing is for the select few, remember that J.K. Rowling received multiple rejection letters and still continued to write. The truth is that everyone and anyone can become better writers, as there is always room for learning and improvement.
- Writing is always hard. I’ll be honest. Writing can be difficult and frustrating, taking time, input from others, and multiple revisions. However, when you believe that there is no hope to make writing easier, you’ve lost half of the mental battle. One of my teachers once told me, “write what you are passionate about.” When we are writing about what we know, love, and are invested in, our writing can be interesting and engaging. When this happens, the difficulty of writing begins to fade.
- Writing isn’t always valuable. Writing of any kind has value, because the writer is learning, processing, and practicing as they write. Even if no one else ever reads writing that is produced, the mere experience of putting thoughts down on paper holds value, the value of practice. Therefore, assignments that may seem pointless to students in a college class do actually have value. These assignments are opportunities to engage with writing and gain more practice. Like the earlier photo, the paper on Rosa Parks may have seemed pointless to the student but held value because the student learned, engaged, and wrote what he knew.
- There is a ‘right’ way to write. Everyone writes differently. There is no ideal setting in which inspiration flows effortlessly, so believing this myth can be detrimental. Some people write best at certain times of day, in quieter or noisier environments, with their dog sitting next to them, or a glass of iced tea close by. Ultimately, writers need to find what works best for them, and realize that what works for them in one case may not work for them in all of their writing. Writing is an organic process that looks different every time that you engage with it; learning more about yourself and your tendencies can help make writing less daunting. Yet, it is important to realize that there isn’t a wrong way to engage with writing and that how, where, and why you write can, and probably will, change throughout your life. All this being said, it is true that there are some really helpful resources for writers that can help them along in their writing. Talking through writing, drafting, and examining models of writing can help writers immensely. However, none of these things fit into a perfect formula that help writers produce writing.