|Lessons and Experiences|
They say that writers, just like heroes, are made, not born. Children do not just come out in the womb and start writing best-selling novels a day later. Even the most talented writers do not just pull a pen from his pocket and start scribbling words until he comes up with an excellent essay or a well-written short story.
Our idealistic image of a writer is that he or she just lets everything flow to create a masterpiece without suffering any struggles or hardships. Reality check, William Shakespeare suffered the same difficulties as you do before he became a good writer. In short, the good writers started like you. So how does an ordinary individual like you and the rest of the world become a good writer? There might not be an exact formula to create a prolific writer but among the common trait that most established writers share is their willingness to learn along the way.
A good writer learns from previous experiences and continues to learn, picking up what experience teaches them and turns it into a habit. All writers started small and eventually blossomed into successful authors, poets, novelists and playwrights. There will be no need to fuss over the numerous red marks given by your teacher on the past essay that you’ve written. It is but normal to receive criticism in anything you write whether it’ll be an essay in class, a poem or even a blog that you posted online.
Negative feedback is part of everyday struggles that a writer need to hurdle. If you just got a D in the last essay you wrote, then challenge yourself to write a better essay on your next writing assignment. You may not be the best essay writer in your class right now, but you will eventually learn what it takes to be one soon. Just learn to take criticism positively and learn from them so that the next time around, you will get things right.
Nicholas Sparks use to receive failing marks for the essay writing assignments he did, but look at him now.
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|A Cut Above the Rest|
Our Post-Colonial History teacher assigned each student on the class yesterday to write an essay about a particular Asian Country. We were made to draw lots to determine which country should we write about and I got North Korea. Honestly, I really don't know much about North Korea except that it is situated on the Korean Peninsula and that it was separated from its neighbor country, South Korea not so long ago.
It was during the war or something that the northern part of the Korean Peninsula became an independent Communist country, I tried doing a research on the country and a lot of materials which can help me write my essay came up including its history, culture, heritage, political status and all. What I'm trying to do now is to use all the facts I researched into coming up with an essay that is somewhat better or unique compared to the not-so original essays that my classmates will be submitting. I am actually thinking of interviewing a person from North Korea but it proved extremely difficult to find one.
First of all, there is no internet access for the residents there so it is hardly possible to commit to my plans. I am convinced though that I would be able to find at least one refugee of something. So what I am trying to do as off this moment is browsing through the net to find individuals, groups or social networking sites dedicated for North Koreans who found refuge to countries like South Korea, Japan, China and the USA. This one looks like a very challenging task to be honest. I feel like it really is hard, almost to the point of being impossible but then I am not going to give up.
I am positive that I will be able to accomplish this task and come up with the best original essay about North Korea and their people. I hope my essay will be far from the usual ones being written by most students of my level. Hope all my efforts right now will be worth it because I really want to impress my instructor.
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