The first writer I’d like to talk about is Pauline Chen. Her piece of advice was to go out for a run whenever you get writer’s block. It is an excellent strategy that I highly recommend. I ran track and cross country in high school, and I love running. Sometimes if I’m having a particularly rough time getting through a paper that is either really long, or just really difficult, I will go out for a long, slow run. This is perfect for clearing my head of any mixed up thoughts. I try not to think about anything, like what the Tao te Ching teaches about doing nothing. After my run is over, I head straight back to my workspace with a cleared mind, and the words flow like a waterfall.
The second author that I could relate to was Alexander McCall Smith. He was talking about how when new writer...
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...r my academic goals here at VMI, so I know that no matter how much it’s going to suck, I have to have the discipline to start my writing assignments in a timely manner. The last part to his advice was about closing off the avenues to the outside world. This wasn’t too much of a problem when I was in high school. Besides the occasional break to watch Netflix or send a text, I was able to block out most distractions. Here at VMI, I do not think closing off avenues to the outside world will be much of a problem. Mostly because they have literally closed it off for us.
In conclusion, I believe that my writing has grown from watching the writer’s process videos. There were many helpful tips that I either reinforced, or have learned which I will be sure to try out in the near future. This has been another step in the long process of finding my own personal writing process.
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