Last Updated on 01/28/2023 by Sophia
Education is essential in life, and many people can acknowledge the benefits of a good
education. However, writing is not a simple task, as many people may think. Some people do
write for a living, and sometimes they strain to write ideas. Also, people who are passionate and
enjoy writing sometimes feel doing something else. In that regard, one can imagine the nature of
the struggle faced by people who do not like writing.
Nonetheless, writing is part of life, especially for those in colleges. The purpose of this
paper is to reflect on different aspects of writing. Some of these aspects include solving struggles
when writing, purpose, audience, tone and content, sources, the use of research writing,
identifying potential topics, and prewriting techniques.
Solving Struggles when Writing
The struggles of writing can be addressed using several approaches. First, it is essential to
write to think and communicate. I believe some people write to pass exams in colleges, but any
writer should ensure his or her work is communicating different ideas. Besides, writers should
learn how to overcome writer’s block that affects the quality of their work. I think approaches
such as avoiding procrastination, applying Freewriting, and writing through inspiration can be
used to minimize the struggle. Moreover, students in institutions of learning can solve writer’s
block by subdividing the writing project into different sections, verbalize their ideas, taking
breaks after long hours of writing, and reviewing their assignments after completing each section
(Crowther et al., 1). Others strategies that I find essential in curbing negative impacts of writer’s
block are changing location, visualizing a friendly audience, selection of proper pronouns, and
choosing an appropriate voice.
Purpose, Audience, Tone, and Content
Reading and writing are two concepts that go hand in hand. Mainly, it would be difficult
to write if you do not know how to read. Therefore, in any writing process, reading should be
perfect because there is a definite positive correlation between reading and writing. Three critical
aspects that determine the content to write are purpose, audience, and tone. In terms of purpose, a
writer is influenced by underlying ideas. Therefore, the purpose of writing can be presented
through summary, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation (Crowther et al., 3). Next, the audience
consists, people; the writer focuses on communicating with using the content. In my view, the
audience determines the nature of work to write. A writer can rate his or her work based on
feedback provided by the audience. Lastly, the tone presents the attitude used by the writer to
communicate ideas to the audience. In my view, the attitude of the speaker should change based
on information. One cannot use the same tone when describing a sad and happy experience.
As a writer, it is essential to use reliable and credible sources in your writing work.
Sources are items used as a writer to connect his ideas from ideas presented by another person. In
other words, a writer can use books, articles, poems, films, and other sources to create his ideas
(Crowther et al., 4). Therefore, it would be challenging to create content that is solely yours,
especially when completing academic works and projects. In my view, as long as rules of using
these sources are not violated, then it is vital to use them in creating content. In my experience, I
have witnessed people using sources unethically, thereby leading to negative impacts. Thus,
when using sources, it is essential to adhere to all ethical considerations.
The Purpose of Research Writing
At times, it is not easy to create a good research paper due to inadequate skills. Ideally, a
good writer should be in a position to select a topic and create a good research paper (Crowther
et al., 5). Most companies rely on research done by writers to make viable business decisions. In
my view, a good research paper can be used as a form of communication. Thus, the process of
creating a good research paper should include selecting a topic, planning, and scheduling,
conducting research, organization of research and ideas, drafting, revising, and editing.
Identifying Potential Topics
Many writers spend a lot of time selecting the best topics. Some even select topics and
later dismiss them, having completed several pages. It is demoralizing for the writer to dismiss a
topic after performing some parts in the process of writing a good research paper. A writer
should select a topic that has enough sources to enhance a smooth flow when writing the paper.
One mistake that many writers, including highly experienced writers, do is to start the
work without drafting. As a result, they find themselves with a blank page and writer’s block. In
my view, prewriting strategies are essential before a writer begin work. After selecting a topic, it
is crucial to use prewriting techniques such as brainstorming (Crowther et al., 6). Through
brainstorming, it is easy to generate ideas as well as to organize them when writing the final
draft. In my experience, I have seen writers completing a research paper within the shortest time
possible only to spend a lot of time revising, proofreading, and editing. Thus, I find prewriting
techniques relevant and paramount in writing. Apart from brainstorming, writers should consider
other strategies such as Freewriting, idea mapping, asking questions, and listing.
Crowther, Kathryn; Curtright Lauren; Gilbert Nancy; Hall Barbara; Ravita Tracienne; &
Swenson Kirk, "Successful College Composition". English Open Textbooks. 8, 2016.