Let me share with you my funny story about my theory of writing.
I’m a transfer student from Romania. English is definitely not my first language. In fact I never liked this language. I remember very well my English classes back in Romania. Our English teacher happend to be our adviser also, a middle age, sophisticated and extravagant woman who never had kids but yet raising and teaching us like her own. She would travel all the time to London back then, so her English was just perfect with an easy England accent but very charming at the same time. She used to be very strict with us, she would put a lot of pressure on us in learning and perfecting English language. She will always say that “wherever you will end up in this world, you’ll need to know how to speak English”, and she was right.
She would ask us all the time to write essays. I never understand why, it was a torture for me. The struggle to write at least once a week a two page essay was just too much for us and so annoying. And probably because of that I started to dislike that much this language and also the writing. But everything was for a good cause I guess. Indeed, I learnt the language with force and now that live in United States Of America I’m glad that that happened back then. Knowing the language I got the chance to study at City College.
Starting my fall semester at City College was very exciting for me. But what was not exciting, was the fact that I had to take again, English classes. But I was wrong. The whole experience was totally different now. Ms. Buno, our English teacher had a very well structured and fun curriculum for this class. She offered us a lot of freedom in writing our paper as long as we respected and fulfilled the conditions of the essay type. Her patience with us was unlimited in every single class. She would take the time to talk to each student and answer all the questions. Also she encouraged us to do groups with my peers and to brainstorm ideas for our future essay. She would ask to keep a journal with us all the time and write in it as much as we need to. She would always say, “the more you write, the better you would understand writing”. And that was the moment when I realised the importance of writing. I understand after so many years why my first English teacher would ask us to write so much. That’s how I know today how to speak a better english.
All that writing boring essays and then keeping a journal was just preparing us to be better and better at it. But this is a whole process, is not just to take the time and write down a few lines. Is more than this.
In my case for example, there are two ways to create a paper. First, I need to be in the mood to write anything. And that would happen to me in a train, going to work, or very late at night. And the second would be to isolate myself from anything and everyone. As long as I don’t have any distractions, I can stay and write for hours and hours.
Another factor that would describe my theory of writing is to understand what I have to write about. Many times, my essays probably wouldn’t be as good just because I didn’t have clear what my task was about. When I don’t understand the conditions, my essay is also going to be unclear and confusing. But for that we had Ms. Buno to make it clear for us. When this would happen to me, I would just ask in class as many questions as possible so I can remove any unclarity from my notes and give my writing a better shape.
With each essay that we would have to write, I would feel that I was becoming better and better at it. I would understand faster than the other peers what our task was probably just because this time my interest for writing was higher than at the beginning of the class. I would also see that my drafts were better based on my peers and teacher reviews.
After each essay, we would also have to write a reflection. Each reflection should show what I knew about writing and how I applied that knowledge to complete the assignments for this class and not only. The purpose of these reflections is to help us develop our abilities to describe what we know about writing. The better I was able to name what I know, the better my understanding for writing was.