edu180atl: allie jeffay 11.12.12
You know, possibly the greatest thing I’ve learned today happened not in class, but in trying to write this. I’ve probably deleted my work a dozen times. And the reason? I was worried that what I had just written wasn’t good enough—that what I wanted to say in my mind somehow wouldn’t translate to the page. I wanted to sound intellectual and witty. Usually, I consider myself intellectual and witty, but when I try too hard it ends up, well, like I’m trying too hard. I found myself with a combination of writers block and self hate. Then it hit me.
Instead of just worrying about the quality of my writing, and thereby getting me nowhere, I decided to just write. Write, and then revise later. And without my “inner critic”, as I like to say, bothering me, I felt free. Free like the trees swaying the breeze. Free to write whatever I wanted.
So that’s what I’ve learned. Don’t question yourself so much. You’ll feel great. Sure, there are moments when you should think before you speak or act, but with writing, there’s always time to review and revise.
About the Author: Allie Jeffay is in 8th grade, an extreme theater geek, and a scuba diver. Enjoys cats, traveling (but not traveling with cats), and music.