The Process of Writing – An Essay
Writing is possibly the toughest job a person can do. Utilizing the electro-chemical reactions within the brain to produce relevant thought – and recording those thoughts in a logical, coherent manner, is undoubtedly tougher than performing familiar manual tasks or (relatively) only moderately intellectually-stimulating arithmetic. Writing is intensely personal as well – one may well unintentionally spill their emotions into the piece, whether it be poetry, a short story, a novel, or a 1200 page informative piece. The only barrier between the author and the audience is a thin encryption of the words which veil the author’s true feelings – which are easily decoded and analyzed. Such an arduous task requires a complicated process in my case, which consists of several steps.
My first step is procrastination. I put off the writing for as long as is reasonable, giving myself time to form ideas, and ideas on how to implement those ideas within my writing. Sometimes phrases will jump out at me and demand entrance to the paper. More oft, I cast about in the murky depths of my mind, searching for appropriate words, sentences, or impressions I want to include.
When the search is complete and an arsenal has been prepared, I fall to work like a savage beast upon its prey. The opening sentence is the easiest; instead of summarizing the essay in one line, I merely create an impact statement leading into the rest of the piece. Prose, like poetry, should flow. It should have a rhythm to it, an underlying pulse which guides the reader. Essays or papers which focus on function instead of form are rarely interesting or relevant, and often unorganized, disjointed. I recognize form’s importance and give it due consideration while compiling my work. Thus, keeping form first- or second-most in my thoughts, I move with the rest of the first paragraph. The thesis statement does not have to be discarded in order to let the piece flow – I just have to make it fit in with the rest of the introduction while simultaneously leaving a portal for the first body paragraph, which will explain aforementioned thesis.
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Balancing the significance of explaining the thesis with writing the paper itself is difficult. Any obvious disjointedness or unnecessary explanation could ruin the paragraph or even the overall paper. Therefore, focus and concentration is required; and I find music the best method of increasing my concentration. The genre of music preferred varies with the genre of the piece. For a political paper, fast techno/dance music is preferable, to keep my mind in motion, actively searching for the next sentence, and the next, to establish my point effectively. For expository papers or other, non-combative essays, I prefer a light alternative rock or ambient music, to relax me and keep me focused upon the current page. For fiction and poetry, soothing instrumentals and classical music: the melodies, the crescendos, the decrescendos, the dipping, and rises, of the notes all keep my writing very detailed and descriptive. But whether Tchaikovsky is serenading me whilst writing a short story or whether DJ AM is keeping me on my toes in a lively debate, there are exceptions.
For instance, I have found that Rachmaninov is not only perfect for helping me describe a battle, but he also assists when writing about writing. But, as my past fifteen minutes indicate, classical music is terrible for concentration when writing about writing about writing. In fact, for each additional tier of writing, music helps even less. But, if we keep our minds on the matter at hand, we shall find that more than two tiers of writing are unnecessary at present, for the peak of excitement approaches.
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When preparing for the climax of the paper, I tend to evaluate my work up to the present, and imagining the effect this has upon the reader. I then make slight alterations to make the buildup more level and fluid. The difficulty level increases sharply when writing here – how to preserve form when so much is happening, so much is writeable! The climax should never be the first part of the piece worked on – usually, it’s the last for me. By the time I’ve reached the climax of the paper, I’ve either already written the rest, or I know exactly how it will play out. The climax should be as the peak of a hill; therefore, the flow and the pulse after I’ve reached the climax in my writing is usually easier to follow and more smooth than the buildup paragraphs were.
In fact, while writing the closing paragraphs, I hardly think hard at all. The buildup to the conclusion should just be shoring up minor details and events which were left out of the buildup to the climax, as well as providing a bridge between the climax and the conclusion. I generally keep it simple here, perhaps snacking to keep stamina up. Stamina is actually most important here, as this is sometimes where writers lose their readers – I never like to sound bored or boring here if I can help it, but I rarely introduce new insight into the subject I’m writing about during the sentences drawing the story or argument to its conclusion.
As to the conclusion itself, I dislike the common understanding that the ending paragraph(s) should just restate what was already made clear throughout the rest of the piece. As mentioned before, form is key to good prose, and the pursuit of good form would ideally entail that you persist in keeping the paper in motion by having the conclusion sparingly mention the previous articles, and also offer new insight into the argument or explanation. Therefore, the conclusion in this paper detailed the conclusion type used most often in my writing process, and scarcely mentioned the ideas presented before.
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