Writing about writing


Meredith Ablao, (staff writer)

As I asked several people why they didn’t like to write, and the majority of people said, “I don’t like to write because I hate it.” To most people this means nothing or it is just funny, but to me there is a reason behind it. I think each and everyone of us has experienced something that has had us on the floor in tears or peacefully smiling down at the paper. Writing. Some love it, some hate it, and some want to understand why. Writing impacts the way we live our lives, but why do teenagers dislike it so much?

  A large amount of teenager’s lives are spent sitting in a classroom filled with peers they like or dislike, and posters to constantly gaze at until the hour is over, but a classroom environment is key to writing successfully. “Put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconscious stuff that comes to you from the inner workings of your mind,” said Bob Dylan, extolling the virtues of how to write in a physical environment. Often, the best writers are easily distracted by background noises and, surprisingly, lighting and temperature. It agitates them to become less creative.    

  Teenagers minds are constantly processing the outside world, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.  According to additudemag.com, kids and young adults who have ADHD struggle to write essays and papers. This can relate to all people as well, no matter the social norm. “I think that the reason why some people like to write and others don’t is how their brain naturally works. There are some people who are good at Geometry and bad at Algebra, [and] writing is similar,” said Brennan Mulhall(10). Furthermore, some teenagers minds change with time and patience, causing some to feel more creative than others leaving others bored or distracted.

   According to resumewriterforyou.com, teens love shortcuts. They have mastered the art of scanning documents for facts and only things they need instead of understanding the whole idea. Writing is an important factor in growing as a person. It relatively helps young people to develop and open their minds to creativity. According to BJPsych, writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to improve physical and mental health. Moreover, long-term effects of writing results in a less negative mood, and helps a person to become more focused on their emotions and mentality.

  Students spend all their time “learning” how to write in school like it is an easy task, but they often run into failure after failure. Writing is a personal experience in many ways because writing is easier than talking and trying to explain yourself in spite of judgement of their peers. When a teenager writes, it eliminates all sorts of things, for instance, opinions of friends and family. Additionally, students can feel disconnected with their creative mind, while being forced into a small structure in school such as “a 15 minute talk about how to properly use commas and quotations,” while the teacher explains how “simple” it is.

 When I was a child, I was bashed for having terrible writing structure. It felt like I was being shoved into a small box with too many limitations. As I grew older, I started learning about writing and how to prepare myself for high school essays and papers. So now, writing is my favorite thing. It is essential for living a stress free life, and we need to find a balanced, more exciting way to write.


 Transition words to make a smarter paper:

Therefore, thus, hence, as a result

Frequently, although, granted, in other words,

To clarify, for that reason