There are two kinds of people who are reading this post now: my peers at the EdX Academic and Business writing class, and the others who might have accidentally seen this post or somehow ended up here by following links from somewhere (I like to pretend that my blog is popular and all). If you are the second kind, you may or may not read on. If you are wondering what this is about, I shall briefly explain it: My writing sucks, and I joined the online course to improve my writing and gain some confidence in publishing my writings. If you are the first kind, then please read on and kindly give your comments.
I have been thinking about posting this for the last four days because the deadline is tomorrow. Yes, I am a sucker at meeting deadlines. Just like most people, I finish assignments only at the 11th hour. I want to break this bad habit and be less human. I am confident that I can do it.
Now, coming to the assignment.
What type of writing I typically do?
I love writing, and I write in all kinds of ways if I have to. To me writing is a self-expression and I change the way I write. I don’t like to get stuck in one type of writing. I have blogs, and I write in blogging or conversational style. Sometimes I write poems. I write short stories eventhough they come nowhere near the short story word count standards, but they are stories and they are very short. I can’t write commercial fiction or the way classics are written. I just don’t know how to add drama and all to writing. I am not saying that they are bad, but I just don’t get it, and I don’t enjoy writing that way. I like reading literary fictions like Catcher in rye, Post office, Punkzilla, Ham in the rye, and such sort. I enjoy reading J.D Salinger, Charles Bukowski, Adam Rapp, and writers with similar writing styles. I am a research scholar in biophysics, so I do academic and scientific writing. I wrote my first paper last year and communicated it to a journal. One of the reviewers said that he could not read it completely because my language was so poor ( I hope he didn’t get a brain damage or something). I felt bad about myself, and I almost quit science (tears rolling down). But I rose like a phoenix bird and decided to sharpen my writing skills and here I am. So, in short, I write poems, very short stories, blogs, academic/technical articles or papers.
What I think about writing?
My mentor, Dr. Murali Manoj, showed me the power of writing. About 7 years ago, I used to be this person who thought that writing is for professional purposes. I had never thought how my writing was, nor focused on improving it. I could not even write a proper sentence that time, let alone write a paragraph. My mentor told me how well one should write, and I had seen him writing effortlessly. It inspired me to focus on writing, and soon I realised that writing has profound effect on thinking. I started writing more and experienced that my thoughts were getting clearer, and I wrote more than I thought. It improved the way I speak as well. I think writing is a keystone skill — if you improve your writing, it would have an impact on the way you think and talk. I have been focussing on improving my writing ever since. I believe that it doesn’t matter what ideas you have in your mind unless you can convey it to others with brevity. I love writing. I enjoy every aspect of it. But I dread the editing, the thought of publishing my writing, the judgements others make about my writing. These fear factors stop me from writing and, more importantly, publishing.
What kind of writing I want to improve the most?
I think you might have already gotten an idea about my answer to this question. I want to improve writing in all realms I mentioned above. However, the immediate need is to improve scientific/academic/technical writing or essay writing. I don’t want to give a brain damage to another reviewer.
Please pardon my writing style. I am more comfortable writing this way. I take longer time to write academically. I am sure that I can do well in that area after finishing this course.
Please let me know what you think.