Humble beginnings

on the pains of learning how to write again

I have forgotten how to write.

This feels like a secret that I should only whisper in the privacy of my own home, considering that my current to-do list gives an impression that I’m somehow a wordsmith worthy of being emulated. Um. Far from that. In between putting together a report on teaching writing and editing syllabi for TWO writing classes, I’ve realized that I have no idea how to teach something that I no longer know how to do. Is it not a disservice to my students if I were to bumble my way through class and to expect them to turn in works that I myself cannot produce?

I want to earn my post and be confident about the quality of my own writing. I want to grade papers with empathy. I want to be better so that I can help my students be better.

To help me get started on this project, here are a few questions from the sample blog entry of this WordPress theme:

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

The last part of the writing process is publishing. I want to develop the confidence to put my work out there and open it for criticism. I hope that people who get to read my work can be informed by my perspective on different topics and, through feedback, help me be a stronger writer.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

I probably will write about the things I read and think about: books I read for leisure, articles I read for MA classes, and posts I read that make me go “huhhhh” (which is probably 50% of the Internet, especially Twitter). I also want to write about places and experiences, new ideas, and hopefully, think pieces on controversial issues.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

For now, I am limiting the audience to the few whom I know would take the time to read and comment on my work.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

I hope that I have refined my voice and gained confidence in writing. That is all. Writing this is scary enough.

I am deathly scared of this project, but I know that everything I will learn here can help me be a better writer, teacher, student, and person.

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