When I sit down to write, I usually set up shop with a drink some snacks and less than 12 hours before the assignment is due. I’m a habitual procrastinator. This usually takes a toll on the potential of my paper, letting what could’ve been the next exemplary paper that the teacher uses as a reference for the rest of his or her career, become another half baked “you got the job done” paper. But anyways, onto the rest of my process. I don’t make drafts. I make a very crude outline of what I try to address. I write a sentence and focus on rewriting that sentence until it is just right, and then when I am finished with the paragraph I make some tweaks so that it flows nicely throughout. The tone that usually comes from my papers are a conversational,semi-witty, seriousness. I have trouble with going off an tangents that I think relate to the topic, but my teachers never seemed to agree. This isn’t part of my process, but having awkward syntax embedded though out my paper is one of my specialties. I think it is partly due to how I think of dialogue and try to match written text to it but I haven’t gotten down the flow quite yet. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a paper come back with bright red “awk syn!” written atleast 5 times per page. I have alot I need to improve, and I look forward to trying to work those out this semester.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
Honestly my writing process is very simple, it involves three venti mochas from Starbucks so that I can make it through the night as the assignment is usually due the next day. I never write any drafts unless required, I don’t have to revise regularly because I am very good at getting my thoughts down right and in the correct order the first time or I revise while writing the assignment. I realize that this is not the best process, actually its probably one of the worst but i have produced some A+ papers but that is probably from the fact that I also a A+ bullshiter. -Tyler Rankin.
I usually begin by sitting at my desk. I make sure to have classical music playing, which keeps me from distractions, while also getting me in the mood to write. I have a peppermint flavored candy, a psychological trick, to help me remember what I’ve learned about writing. I then begin. I do not stop for anything, so my ideas are uninterrupted. After it is complete, I wait a day, and then reread, to check for mistakes, and flaws in logic. I do not usually write a second draft,I just edit the first, which has the most of what I truly meant to say. I mostly need to work on my grammatical wring skills, as I know I can sometimes be more accustomed to write as though I’m speaking.
When I sit down to write, I am usually either sitting at a desk (like I am now) or laying on my bed (as I will be in a few minutes). I developed an actual writing method when I took Creative Writing 1 and 2 in high school. The process starts as me sitting down with just an idea or sometimes just a sentence I like the sound of. From there, I spew out a bunch of crap that revolves around the idea. Next comes ordering: I change around the order of the story or paper until it feel right. Lastly I pay attention to the individual sentences and word choices. That’s all in one sitting. Then, I come back a day or so later and go through what I wrote because it is inevitable that I will dislike about half of it. Once this is done, I’m done.
I find it easiest to write when I am listening to music or have some other sensory input while writing. My first draft is normally very rough and it is much better for me to revise it at least once before it is reviewed by peers. In that first draft I try to write everything that I can think might make the paper better; I ignore grammar mistakes to ensure that I do not spend an exorbitant amount of time on correcting instead of writing. After finishing this rough draft I immediately put the paper away for at least a day. I choose not to read it in that day and try to ensure that I am critical of it when I next go through it. Even once my second draft is complete my tone and pacing are not always consistent; however I do find that the paper is at least coherent by this point. I focus most of my efforts on cutting out the least useful information, ensuring that what I keep is directly tied to whatever thesis the paper has. When going through my paper a third time I choose not to have music playing. At this point I need to be completely focused on the words on the page, I go through each sentence looking at my word choice and pacing. I try to ensure that I keep a consistent tone throughout the paper; I find that this step takes twice as long to complete as the first or second drafts.
My writing style is very eclectic to stay the least and it highly depends on the subject too. When I am passionate or interested in a topic , I could be in biology class and jotting down ideas on the subject. I get so inspired and my past readings experiences and ideas come into my mind easily. I want to type the paper and I want to translate the words running through my brain on the paper. If I am not into the subject at hand I dread writing I procrastinate and I freak out. Then am stuck because when there is a big deadline like that in my mind I can’t sleep well or focus. So I have to force myself to read or do some research to get inspired. I am not too much into writing drafts. I just write a paper then just read it a lot to myself then i ll correct grammar and punctuation then make sure the ideas are well put together.
I know this is a terrible thing but I’m the biggest procrastinator there is, I’m that one person that waits for the night before or the morning of the paper. I have caught myself doing this on some accessions because I tend to stay more focus on a time crunch. I therefore try to do my best include as drafts as possible but usually I only make that one draft and just check over my spell and the flow of the paper. From past papers I realized that every time I procrastinate I tend to confuse my reader, I mix my tenses.
However, I have had my few share of papers in which were not half as done.When ever I get serious and really want to get a better grade on a paper I like to spread my rubric and start to get my resources all organize. I at that point turn off all my distractions such as iPhone and music. I know thats unheard of.