"Has been a lifesaver so many times!"
- Catherine Rampell, student @ University of Washington
"Exactly the help I needed."
- Jennifer Hawes, student @ San Jose State
"The best place for brainstorming ideas."
- Michael Majchrowicz, student @ University of Kentucky
My writing is like a Christmas present from your grandmother: it?s a guaranteed
surprise. No matter what I write, no matter what the topic, time or place, I?m never sure
how something is going to turn out. Now, just because it?s a surprise doesn?t mean that it
isn?t good. And, just because it?s a surprise doesn?t mean it isn?t an accident either.
Weren?t Corn Flakes and Penicillin discovered by accident? All I?m trying to say is that
every piece of my writing is an adventure: an unusual collection of thoughts and ideas
thrown together, forming an interesting, original, yet sometimes unfocused opinion.
Writing has not always been an enjoyable activity for me. Through my education, I?ve
been taught to write for a specific group, not to a specific group. Recently, however, I?ve
been lucky enough to have teachers who let me write for myself, not anyone else. With
this newly found freedom, writing has become a way to express what I feel, not how I
should or could feel. I use these opportunities to raise an eyebrow, instead of just
completing an assignment.
Now that we got the legal mumbo jumbo out of the way, we can get started. If you
can?t already tell, I like to write with flare. I could write the world?s most detailed and
thorough book on the molecular behavior of a Tetrachloride isotope. But, if I don?t catch
a reader, don?t inspire a reader, or make a reader beg for more, all I have is a cheap door
stop or welcome mat. Life?s too short to do boring things. You have to step out of your
comfort zone, take chances, say the things you really want to say, do what you have to do.
It makes for a pure, original masterpiece, which anyone can enjoy. Just be yourself. Let?s
face it. Who in our society are we most fascinated by? Regular, everyday Joes or Janes?
No way. Freaks, weirdoes, individuals, basketball players with colored hair--these are the
people that receive all the attention. And why? Because they are truly themselves, not the
zombies or clones that so many of us are. Right or wrong, they scream out ?I AM ME!?
Think of it this way: if all we had on this planet were followers and conformists and
?normal people,? would there still be the Michael Jordans, Einsteins, Martin Luther Kings
and Mother Theresas? Absolutely not. No person becomes successful by being ?normal?
or ordinary. Now, I?m not saying if you write for yourself and be different that you will be
famous and recognized and go down in the history books as a famous something. But it
sure is a nice start.
I love the idea of freedom in writing. Not just freedom of topics, but freedom of ideas,
expression, and philosophies. Writing shouldn?t be constricted or narrow minded. It
needs to be universal.
Writing, whether public or personal, is incredibly difficult. No matter who the
audience, topic or author, there will always be a critic. It?s a given in this world. Not only
in writing or literature, but in every facet of life. You can?t make everybody happy.
Know this, accept this, use this to your advantage. Write for yourself, and only yourself.
Then, you will be pleased. Because, aren?t you the most important critic of all?
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