After high school, I went back to my country and I found out that my grandfather wrote a journal entry every day, and since he has passed away, it was cool to sit with my cousins and read his life story.
Writing is about risk.
“The creativity comes in doing the work.”
I always feel better, smarter, and stronger when I write.
I hope that as we learn to be writers and scholars that we are reminded that if this doesn’t feel right, this set of conventions for writing this paper doesn’t feel right, know that it’s not the only way to express yourself. Not to think of writing as ‘a’ thing but lots of things.
Up until fairly recently (shhh), I didn’t know how to use semicolons. I would always just avoid them and use commas instead. I would say it’s a writing style.
If you are trying to communicate ideas, you want to be clear and concise and very specific.
Professor Lorelei Crerar
I hate writing an abstract when I don’t have a paper to write it from. They’re very useful, but coming up with what you’re going to say before you’ve said it is difficult.
I believe it is voice that normalizes the language.
The challenging thing about fiction and creative nonfiction is the vulnerability of it, and just being brave enough to spill what you’re thinking about onto a page, and hand it to someone else.
I always try to re-read papers. I will read it with a different intention in mind.
It’s easy to imagine an audience that likes what’s you’ve written, but that’s not necessarily the audience you’re going to get.
“If you had to describe your idea for a paper to me in 3-5 sentences, and you could only use 3-5 sentences, what would it be?”
Writing is a way of accessing myself.
Read more. The more I read the better I write.
Right now I’m working on a project for Your Juicery that entails researching and writing nutritional facts and benefit to display on the wall panels of the store. I like this work because it allows me to see the progression of the project from start to finish.
With painting I can be creative, but in my writing I’m using a different side of my brain. I would like to be able to bridge that gap one day.
I think that’s the most interesting thing about poetry. You can say things so much more quickly with metaphors and imagery.
My friend Liz and I are trying to write children’s books. We want to educate kids about certain topics, simplify things so they can understand.
Professor Tamara Harvey
My new book looks at how women in the 17th century thought about the globe. Part of my argument is that scholars tend to not think about how women would be theorizing the world because women were seen as outside those kinds of discourses.
Professor Seth Hudson
A good writer is flexible in their ability to ascertain and then synthesize ideas.
My advice to writers is to listen to more than just your own inner critic.
In the past, it was more just practicing my writing and becoming familiar with writing a research paper. Now, I’m trying to make this project have an impact.
It’s okay to use small words. It’s okay to use a lot of headings and help the reader understand where you’re going. It’s okay to use transitions. It’s supposed to be easy for a reader to read your paper.
I want to tell as concise and clean a narrative in my professional world as I possibly can.
It’s easy to be overly critical of yourself when writing.”
Just start writing and then go back and revise and revise and revise.
Behind the written word there is a person, and people sometimes struggle, but when we persist our ideas get better.
I don’t think of my writing as particularly creative, but I write to communicate and convey information, not to convey feelings or thoughts like a book.
“Maybe that’s even a broader message: not just coveting time, but building support networks that allow for you to withdraw so that you can immerse yourself in your work and emerge on the other side with your stories.”
Why do we care about it? Why does it matter? Scientists have to be able to distill all that other stuff into that one sentence: why do we care?
Writers get so serious with our writing, but I think it’s good to step down and say, if you were a child writing right now, where would you go with this?
“Just get feedback.”
I learned to become a good writer by being forced to write lengthy papers.
I think all writers relate to the experience of having an idea in your head that seems great–completely developed, interesting, ready to go–and then trying to write it down on the page and having it come off flat and boring, or just being unable to find the words at all.
That’s part of the beauty of writing. You can grow in your craft. You can’t ask for anything better than that.
It’s about giving yourself the time to reflect and think about what you are going to say and how you are going to say it, before you even touch a piece of paper or the computer.
“Write as if your work is going to be read aloud to someone.”
Sometimes I write good things, and sometimes I struggle a bit more. And sometimes, even if it’s good, we can make it better.
There’s no such thing as a natural-born good writer or bad writer.
Writing is still hard for me. I start all of my classes with that sentence: “Writing is hard.”
You lay in bed and think about all the things you have to do. I find if you just start writing it down.
The hard thing about biology is that you’re often writing about other people’s research. -Taylor Rinhart
Professor Larry Rockwood
When you write for a scientific journal, they’ll kill you for any little thing.
When I came to the States, I never knew if my professor would think my writing was good or not. I never know what the expectations are for a Ph.D. student in the U.S. -Randa Saad
The way to get a reader invested in your writing is to make them feel things. -Elizabeth Siebel
Reviewing your work over different times and different days, and having someone look over your work, is important. -Bruna Soria-Galvarro
You always think of the negative stuff, and that is what you always focus on.
In my mind I’ll have one thought, and five minutes later it’s something completely different, but once you put it on the page, it’s just there. It can’t change.
Formal writing is hard, but the thought process that has to go into it is harder. -Meklit Thomas
“It’s when you get to really be who you are.”
For my poetry thesis I’m writing about humanity and monstrosity and where the line is blurred, where it intersects, and how these two things affect our daily lives. -Elizabeth Vana
“I don’t think it helps your writing if you are isolated by yourself.”
I learned to communicate on paper because it was a good way for me to get my thoughts out there and not be self conscious.
If we bring in more information off the paper and into people’s minds, it will have an effect. -Megan Wray
Professor Ashley Yuckenberg
In my senior year of high school, I had an AP English teacher that didn’t like my style of writing. He called my writing choppy. I would go to him and ask, ‘Why is this choppy? Explain to me how I fix this.’ He couldn’t articulate that for me. -Ashley Yuckenberg