Dear Mr. Davis,
I’m one of Dr. Laws’ students at Rollins College. When reading you blog, I found that what you and I have most in common is not wanting dramatic changes and not wanting to accept changes in life and in writing. I have moved schools and houses several times and although I always find ways to adjust, I hate changes and I’d rather live with my original life style. Like you, this reluctance to accept change is reflected in my writing.
I’m an English major, so I write a lot and yet I still have not grown to life editing and revising anymore than I did in middle and high school. It’s not that I think that my original drafts are perfect, but those those are my most authentic and that writing is honestly the writing that reflects me the most. Original drafts have everything I want to say and is always written in a way that reflects my thoughts and ideas the most. I feel like when I go back to edit, I’m just doing it to “sound more intelligent” or to get a better grade but I generally don’t tend to think my paper is any better than my original considering my ideas are the same.
I guess I’m struggling with finding purpose in revising when I have everything I want to say on the page already and could be using my time doing something more fun and enjoyable. How can I fix this?