I promised myself that I would begin writing at least 300 words everyday. There are three goals to this project.
The first is that I would like to find a writing rhythm. I hope that writing everyday makes writing something I need to do everyday. It would be a great thing to be addicted to. I do feel that I really need to write, but I don’t do it everyday, and that sets in motion this weird guilty feeling that only imbues the whole damn process with more anxiety. When I do actually make the time to write, it seems like it’s a much bigger deal than it actually is.
That brings me to my second point. I would like to get over the labored process of in-process editing, and increase my speed translating my thoughts into words, sentences, paragraphs, and little commentaries/arguments. I’ll be taking my comprehensive exams in the fall of 2008, and I definitely need to be more confident about my speed at the level of sentence production. At the moment, I hate the idea of speedy writing. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can afford the luxury of thoughtfully “constructing each sentence before I move on to the next one. I end up getting too caught up in the density of the sentences and the complexity of thoughts. My writing has become way too tangled and unfocused as a result.
The last goal I’m setting out for myself with the blog is that I’d also like to work revision into the process in a more productive way that I currently use it. Per the paragraph immediately preceding this one, I tend to get so invested in the paragraph or even single sentence that I’m working on, that I start to forget the larger picture. When this happens, I tend to either get off track or fail to connect the idea I’m presenting back to the rest of the document. Not good.
I have several blogs going now (see my profile for a list), and this one is probably going to be the most eclectic. I have a place for my reflections on teaching, technology-and-composition, language theory, and digital media texts. But some days I’m preoccupied with issues that might not fit into those categories. Those entries will find their way here.
If you’re reading this, I hope you enjoy.