Writing in Community

Abby’s Writing Theory

Personally, I agree with Estrem when he says, “We don’t simply think first and then write. We write to think”. When I start to write and let my ideas flow, I tend to generate a slew of ideas that I wouldn’t normally consider. To demonstrate, Estrem says “the act of creating ideas, not finding them, is at the heart of significant writing.” I find this quote to be extremely valid because if I let myself write whatever ideas are flowing through my brain, I tend to produce more thought out pieces of writing. Additionally, we practiced this concept with our organic object writings. By examining the organic object, we didn’t think about the object before we started writing, but we thought about the details about the organic object while writing. 

Through the first quarter of the College Composition course, I have learned tools that have helped grow the creativeness of my writing. For example, I have always written my pieces in a outline and almost “robotic” layout, simply because that is the way I have always been taught. However, I have learned that letting my ideas flow out on paper first, and shaping it up later, allows for my writing to be the strongest it has ever been. For instance, when you are given a prompt and have to create a thesis, you are thinking before writing. However, when you allow yourself to explore ideas as you write, you are constantly questioning yourself and enabling yourself to augment your writing to new heights. 

Estrem makes the argument that writing is often defined by what it is “a text, product; less visible is what it can do: generate new writing”. Estrem is conveying the idea that writing allows for further questioning and in fact – even more writing. I agree with Estrem as I feel that writing is so important to learning. All in all, the more we write, the more ideas we can traverse. 

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