Well, it’s the last one for the school year, blog post number twenty-three. I’ve gotten used to sitting down on Sunday afternoons to think and write and read blogs. Of all my assignments this year, I think these posts have required the most careful thinking. They haven’t been easy, but they’ve been very valuable. I have a newfound appreciation for writing as a way to organize my muddled thoughts.
In terms of AP Lang as a whole, writing is no longer a scary stranger. I have spent many hours interacting with writing, and while it’s still not always enjoyable, I am much more comfortable around writing now. Whether in blog posts, essays, or emails, it’s easier to string words together that accurately reflect my thoughts and intentions. It’s difficult to tell whether my writing has actually improved but I’d like to think it has.
Of everything we were assigned to read this year, I think the chapters from the book about writing simply will have the longest lasting impact for me. My writing is full of useless nonsense; I love the words “perhaps” and “suppose”. I also tend to use the most intellectual-sounding terms my brain can come up with. But after reading the chapters, I’ve tried to write more simply and directly, not bothering with fancy vocabulary and unnecessary disclaimers. I want to write words that people can understand, which requires eliminating distractions. If something is worth being said, it shouldn’t be obscured by overly complex language and a “perhaps” starting every sentence.
Because I’ve decreased the amount of time I spend agonizing over my vocabulary, I can write more freely. My writing also sounds more like me (or so I hope). And that’s why it’s comfortable now. Writing isn’t as daunting; it’s just a visual representation of my thoughts and ideas, not a perfect dissertation. Granted, writing still isn’t easy, but it’s more familiar.
I will always write. I don’t know what forms that will take, but I’ll be creating sentences in some capacity for the rest of my life. Regarding this blog specifically, I would like to post occasionally, but again, I’m not sure when or why I will decide to publish anything.
I truly hope that my blog has encouraged or inspired you in some way. Even if I have changed your perspective on one topic, or caused you to wonder anew for one moment, my words have not been wasted.
I hope the rest of your year is filled with laughter and lovely memories.