“Writing” is one of those words implying lots of thought, work, and creativity. It can immediately solicit gut reactions along the lines of “eew,” “no way,” or “I can’t do that” from many students who view the act as tedious.
Writing is underrated and under-appreciated. Although it is a subject that many students tend to avoid in college (shout-out to all the numbers people), they’re not really escaping from it at all. Writing is all around us — even more so now in this digital age.
“I’m not a writer. I can’t write. I hate writing.”
Are you sure?
Jody Shipka quotes Diana George and John Trimbur in her book Toward A Composition Made Whole in a chapter about the writing process. She shares in their belief that “writing, like other types of composition (musical, graphic, handicraft, engineering design) is an act of labor that quite literally fashions the world” (29).
Everybody writes. Even numbers people! And I would argue that writing does, indeed, make the world go ’round.
Some ways in which we are all writers include those we wouldn’t typically associate with this noun, such as texting, online chatting, or blogging (hello!). “Writing” should not be the antecedent for “papers.” It’s so much more. We write to share a message, a feeling, an instruction, or a suggestion. We write to question, to persuade, to understand. It’s not an assignment, but a medium through which we communicate every day.
The next time you craft the words you employ to materialize your ideas, to question or persuade, reconsider your take on this form of composition. You might be more of a writer than you think.