All through elementary school, all my writing tasks where about either school breaks (summer and Easter), what I got from Christmas and what I wanted to be when I grew old. As my holidays were usually very dull, my favorite task was describing how I wanted to be an archeologist, just like Indiana Jones – my all time hero -, but I really didn’t want to find and dig cemeteries.
was only in my 5th grade that I found real pleasure in writing. For
the first time, my new portuguese teacher defied us: write about a journey you
would like to endure. O my journey involved telepathic communication with
aliens and a rocket departure from cape Canaveral. It was the first time I was
urged to use my imagination and at the end I received a compliment for it.
school didn’t always inspired me to write, but – as most girls do – I kept some
diaries in simple black cover notebooks. Besides thoughts and feelings those
diaries kept a record of the movies and books that I read and small notes on
how I had perceived them and how they had changed my perspectives on the world
and other human beings. By then, archeology was no longer a dream, just Indiana
jones. By then, I wanted to be a cultural journalist. I was even a trainee
journalist for a couple of year, but things didn’t work out. Then I got a job
as a public servant and my writing changed is purpose and its framework.
didn’t stop writing a diary, but I changed the media: I found blogosphere. And
with it new challenges: audience, privacy, feedback, self assessment and many
other issues. I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years and my writing, like
myself, has evolved. and my desire to evolve even more has brought me to
writing II: Rhetorical composing. And although we are only in our second week
assignment it already paid off to accept this challenge.
week I was defied to read some texts written by other fellow participants. But
how could I choose from so many – I believe – interesting pieces of writing?
some titles caught my attention, because they seemed to convey some of my
personal writing experience. So, the choices were: My journey as a writer, by
Kiruthika Ramanatham; Why are you writing, Man?, by Avelino nuñez-Delgado; and
Communicating through writing.
Kiruthika Ramanatham describes her experience has a
writer since she was 10 years old and wrote her first story. Later on, as she
became a mother, she reported her motherhood experience in a blog that has
evolved through the years. Now, she is dedicated to a novel, which she intends
to complete by the end of the year. Reading this piece, I recalled my first
writing experiences in school and how my 5th grade teacher awakened
in me the pleasure of writing, by stirring my imagination. I also related to
this piece due to my blogging experience and how it has changed has I have
matured as person and how it reflects my changing interests and learnings.
I also relate to Avelino’s piece because English is
not my mother language. Portuguesese is. I learnt English in school and my
college degree is both Portuguese and English Modern Language and Literature.
Although I don’t write much in English, I read a lot and the assignments are
also an English challenge. but I understand how he sees writing as a job tool.
Anyone who doesn’t see it also, it’s probably not a good enough professional.
Avelino also presents an interesting point: as a teenager. He used Spanish to
write about his thoughts and feelings. Nowadays, most of his writings are
professional, mainly in English, but not only.
Jo ryker’s Communicating through writing is also
related to Avelino’s experience. She also describes how writing is an important
tool to her job and how she has improved her writing skills with a former
colleague, who reviewed her texts. In my work place, I am the unofficial reviewer.
I like doing it, but, unfortunately, no one really reviews my work, they just
assume it’s ok. Jo also points that a teenager she used to write poetry and
short stories as a way express her thoughts and feelings, without necessarily
being known by others.
So, what have I realize from these three pieces as
well as from my own experience?
Childhood and teen years are relevant periods in our
writing development. Writing Experiences take place, mainly in form of poetry.
But writing how we develop ourselves as individuals because it allows us the
necessary time to dwell on subject and to structure our thoughts. The way we
perceive writing as only a creative way to express ourselves changes as we
reach adulthood. We realize that what we write in the context of our jobs is
also important and it can change our and other lives. So whether we call it
professional, academic, technical writing or something else, it is still
writing and we are also writers.