There is a reoccurring issue that I see in our blog entry class. The students want everything to be perfect immediately. They want to skip the process of perfecting and evaluating their writing attempts and move straight into finished product; we all know the impractical nature of that desire.
Students are stressing out because they can’t spell and instead of moving on, they brand themselves terrible writers and utter evil words, “I hate writing”. This is a grave detriment to fostering the love of writing. Although everyone makes errors, and we continue make them, we hate them. In many ways the writing process reflects more about our character than we’d like to admit. We are impatient and unrealistic.
When students refuse to move forward they inevitably find themselves behind. They need to be okay with the rough draft, we all need to be okay with the learning process and the time it takes to get the final draft. Writing is a matter of learning principals like patience, determination, and endurance and is not instantly gratifying. We are a nation obsessed with “fast” and “now”, but that mentality will poison the development of good writers. Slow down, enjoy the rough draft, make errors, don’t be afraid. Write.