This week, I have two assignments due for my grad classes. One assignment is to write a 400 word response to this week’s readings, 2 articles about the teaching of writing. The other assignment is to write a 1000-2000 word blog post about another set of readings (different class).
I started off with the blog post. At the time, I thought the blog posts had to be 2000-3000 words, not 1000-2000 words, so 2000 words became my goal. About 1300 words into it, and I decided to re-read the assignment, realizing it only has to be between 1000 and 2000 words. At this point, it’s going to be closer to the 2000 mark.
Then, there is the 400 word response letter. At 587 words, I emailed the professor to ask if the letter can be over 400 words. She wrote back that it can be “a tad over” but that she didn’t want to overwhelm us during the first week of school. When I finally finished the letter, it’s 862 words.
My name is Lauren Rocha, and I am addicted to writing.
At Prospective Student Day for potential English graduate students, professors warned/gave the advice that there would be a lot of writing in graduate school. Note: there is a lot of writing in graduate school (there is also a lot of reading, but that’s a subject for another blog post). But here’s the thing: I love to write. If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t be a blogger. Or self-published two books once upon a time (I recently made the decision to un-publish those books, but, again, a subject for a different blog post). Or write in my spare time.
The point is, I love to write. So, yeah, the blog post for the class and the response letter are technically homework assignments, but it doesn’t matter; they are still writing.
What I am going to do then? I have two choices: I can edit myself; or, I can write on.
The sounds of my fingers hitting the keyboard answers the question.