Jarrod TomasicDr. Laura IssenWRIT 13012/11/2019Real World WritingIn a world where writing can become a necessity, we all need to figure out for required oreven personal work what good writing can be. Personally, my theory is that it is impactful interaction between the reader and writer that uses the deliberate structure and content to convey an affirmative or negative idea or position. When determining good writing, there must be some form of impact left on the reader from the writer, either deliberately or not. I, for most of my life, have never been one to reflect on what deep meaning writing could have. Writing to me was more like a river that flowed freely and took the path of least resistance. So, whenever I was assigned to perform writing tasksunder the brimstone and treacle of the education system, I saw it as only a block, damming up the flow of my writing. I never saw much gain and never searched for a connection between my own writing and the writing of others. During my third and fourth years of high school I was constantly criticized by my English teacher that my writing felt “phoned in” and that I would justdo rambling plot summaries to fill the minimum word count. I lost quality in my assignments because of my lack of interest in stories like Fahrenheit 451and Shakespeare. Even if I enjoyed the stories the idea of being forced to read them with deadlines and tasks took the want away. I was used to lazing through assignments and giving the bare minimum of what was required to pass. I read the reading but didn’t understand the reading. My teacher did not want me to
regurgitate trivia, he wanted me to see the meaning and presentation in what I’d read even if it was things not intended by the author. Milo B. Beckman, Op-Ed writer for The Harvard Crimsonand author of the article “Why I Write Bad,” talks about the entrenchment and rhythm we can getinto when churning out lousy writing. He says that “It’s all icing—like the staple and the font
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