Weekly Response #13

What do you find to be difficult about writing?  Why do you think this is so?  Have you gained any skills to be able work through these difficulties?  What else could we teach you to help you improve your writing?

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16 thoughts on “Weekly Response #13

  1. Other people looking at my work and not understanding where I’m coming from. This is so because one time I put something in what I had written and I felt that it was the way it was supposed to be and that person thought it was foolish and thought I should take it out. Yes I have been able to work through these difficulties and that is to accept that everyone has their different opinions on things. To take criticism in consideration.

    • I guess Kurt Vonnegut’s tip “write to please an audience of one” is a relief to you, Chelsea. I’m really glad to hear of your own realization of your maturation as an author – to be edited and to receive that criticism is a mark of author maturity.

  2. The part of writing that is difficult for me is the wording. I find it hard to find descriptive words to use to explain things and make is smaller. I think this because I am very much like a critic to my own work and it can never be good I always find something wrong with it. I have gained some skills to work through this one would be getting over the fear of reading it aloud and I have learned to let go and my work is never going to be perfect nothing it. There is nothing that I really need to know at this second to be honest.

  3. The most difficult thing for me in my writing would have to be my grammar. I am a horrible speller to begin with and I have trouble with most simple grammatical rules. I have really gained any skills to help me with this, although this course had made me practice more so that is something that helps me. I don’t think anything else other then practice can help me with my problem.

    • I think some overt grammatical teaching might go a long way for you, Riley. Having grown up in three different education systems, I have to say that the Canadian system does the worst job of teaching grammar explicitly. But there are great tutorials you can find all over the place, from books to courses to online.

  4. Honestly I find the most difficult part of writing, for me personally, is usually coming up with the inspiration or ideas of what to write about. Even if there is a certain type of writing that I am supposed to be doing or if there is a certain theme I am supposed to write about, I usually find it hard to fully come up with an idea of what to say and how to say it. I think I find this so difficult because I’m not really a creative person. Once I have an idea I can roll with it easily but it’s that initial inspiration behind what I’m writing about that is so difficult for me to find. This class has definitely helped me a bit with this problem because I can always turn to my classmates or teacher to help guide me. I think it would be helpful to me if I could be taught how I can organize my thoughts better before I write so I can have a stronger outline for what I am going to write about.

    • You may not think you are a creative writer, Jessica, but you are a good writer. I am glad that you have found a supportive community in this class.

  5. What I find the most difficult thing about writing is grammar and coming up with ideas about what to write. The reason for this is because I don’t really see what I’m doing wrong in grammar and I’m not learning from my mistakes. And I’m just not good at coming up with great ideas. I have gain some skills to work through these difficulties. Nothing at the moment, just some practise.

    • Practice is the most important thing. You’re right, Cheyanne. The Canadian education system doesn’t put a huge emphasis on grammar, and it might be worth looking as a class or individually at some grammar teaching. The best part is, it can even be fun. Just ask Mrs. Shepherd-Hill.

  6. GRAMMER, GRAMMER, and more GRAMMER! This is by far the most difficult thing for me and it throws my writing off so much. This class has helped me in this area somewhat however and I can see some improvement from when i started to now. i guess what i have learned is all it takes id time and practice to improve your writing skill and thats the only way that writing can be taught…with time.

    • Psst… that’s “GRAMMAR” – but in all fairness, that’s not a grammar mistake, just spelling.
      I think some overt grammatical teaching might go a long way for you as well, Linden. Having grown up in three different education systems, I have to say that the Canadian system does the worst job of teaching grammar explicitly. But there are great tutorials you can find all over the place, from books to courses to online.

  7. I find it difficult to write stories because I have a hard time developing plot and characters – I just seem to want to skip to the conclusion! I think I am more aware of it now and am trying to work on describing, creating sub plots, and just all-in-all adding more meat to my stories. I know I just need more practice as I haven’t really written many stories, although I have read many. I think it is helpful to read all different kinds of stories: short-stories, novels, children’s stories, adventure, fantasy, etc. as it will help you know how to write your specific story (how much background, description, etc.) I’m not sure what else could be taught to help me improve this skill, maybe I just need to plan out my characters and plots more thoroughly.

  8. What do you find to be difficult about writing?
    I think it’s hardest to find an idea to write about.

    Why do you think this is so?
    I have some ideas that I think might be good but sometimes they aren’t as good as I thought they would be because I need to expand on them more.

    Have you gained any skills to be able work through these difficulties?
    I think I’ve learned to write a better thesis. I also liked using the conversation dice to come up with ideas for my story.

    What else could we teach you to help you improve your writing?
    Writing isn’t my favourite thing. I’d just like to be finished writing.

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