“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

E. L. Doctorow

As far as I can remember, I have always loved writing. Maybe that is because I am introverted and prefer to write thoroughly instead of speaking simply. I enjoy the artful construction of old and new words, learning the meanings of them and creating a “best-fit” piece of writing that is both whimsical and profound. Throughout university I’ve had the opportunity to write on many topics for many occasions in the form of blogs, essays, theses, speeches, proposals, etc. each of which has taught me something new about the written word. 

I. Writing is simply difficult

Anyone who has been taught a language, knows the do’s and do not’s of grammar, and is physically capable, can write. One is able to construct a sentence, adding one thought after the other until it reaches a natural or unnatural end. This constitutes a written something: a poem, a short story, an essay, a novel, etc. That is the simple part. What makes writing difficult for some is developing their voice or artful tone that helps them identify with their own writing as well as helps readers identify a piece’s author. Many people believe such tones distinguishes “good” from “bad” writers, but I think there is more to it. 

II. Writing is art

Part of what makes writing enjoyable to create and to read is the element of adding a little personality to it. For example, I like writing with a slightly proper tone and a bit of whimsy, sprinkling a little alteration and glittery imagery from time to time. Here, I find the fun in forming silly sentences about really nothing at all. In actuality, the artfulness of writing is, for me,  what makes this kind of creation worthwhile. 

III. Writing is what you make it

This past year, I really began to notice my potential for writing long-term, as in for a career. As my degree is intended to prepare me for the professional world, I found it only fitting to step into that potential as soon as possible. What this means for me is that I write more frequently, at greater length, and with more purpose than ever. Additionally, it means that I address topics like this — writing itself — to further my belief that writing is for me, and it is what I make of it. 

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