Why I Write
The first assignment for the gateway course was to write a reflective essay exploring our reasons for writing. The project had only one requirement: explain why you write.
This piece, in itself, was a process of growth for me. When I began to compose the project, I struggled to find an explanation for why I write. Though I had written in the past, I felt that most of that work was not representative of my capabilities and I was not proud of it. I had not yet thought of myself as a writer, and thus it was difficult to articulate why I wrote.
The initial draft is split into two parts. The first of the two is a rhythmic description of the complications I see with considering myself a writer. The second is an exploration through past events that I believe have shaped me into the writer that I am today.
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My first draft of the piece fell into the domain of "things I wasn't proud of." Though I mostly liked the contents of the first page, I felt that I lacked a certain connection with the second page. It wasn't as honest as I had hoped to be and I knew that I could open up further.
With help from my professor, T, and fellow classmates, I set out create a new draft that retained my stronger points while elaborating and rethinking the rest.
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The final draft, entitled The White Page, changed significantly from the early draft. Each of its three sections (A Requiem, Remembrance, and Why I Write) adds a certain uniqueness to myself as a writer. In addition, the piece is meant to have a timeline: the first section portrays my vision of myself as a writer as I was beginning the project, the second is a more mature search for explanations, and the third ties all thoughts together to ultimately declare myself a writer.
This project, overall, is something that I cherish; it marks the first time that I had the confidence to consider myself a writer.
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