This is the week before mid-terms, so as an English major that means I have to write lots of papers. I actually have 3 papers due between midnight next Tuesday and midnight next Wednesday. Joy!
As I’m working on a paper about power in three revenge tragedies, I am noting some things about my writing style. I just thought I’d share them as I write.
1. I don’t like to get rid of anything. As I’m working on a paper, I typically have the document where I’m writing and the document with my outline open. As I re-read and edit each section, I drop any sentences or paragraphs that I delete into the outline document in case I need it again. I guess you could say I’m a word hoarder.
2. I tend to write an outline, write the paper, and then re-write the outline. I’m not sure why I bother in the first place because I typically don’t follow the first one.
3. Write a sentence. Check Facebook. It makes for slow essay writing, but it keeps me motivated.
4. I think better surrounded by books in the library.
5. I have to start papers early or they will not be good quality.
6. Plot summary is my way of thinking. Too bad professors don’t like that.
7. I try to think about grammar at the same time because I’m really bad at proofreading for grammar.
I should probably not try to write a blog at the same time as I write a paper. The paper is not getting written.
After making a draft of one paper:
8. I can’t write the conclusion to a paper until it has time to marinate in my mind. Similarly I cannot re-read a paper fresh after writing it.