Writer’s Journal #3 – Reflecting on Writing Process
I must be honest: before this day, I had never even heard of reflective thinking applied to writing. I had, of course, heard of reflection and was familiar with the concept, though I very rarely apply it to my everyday life. I’m afraid this is bound to change.
I can see how reflecting on a piece can help set a clear direction for the article or essay, and revise it to make it coherent; when I write, I’m usually in a sort of frenzy and that, paired with the little patience I have, is a recipe for haphazardly structured writings. Reflecting can help me implement the rhetorical decisions necessary to make it flow.
I believe reflective writing takes the writer himself deeper into his own mind and his own intentions; it’s almost like having an out-of-body experience, in which they see themselves from the outside and analyze what mark in the world they will be leaving. It’s a deeper experience than any other type of writing.
During this course, I think I will apply reflective writing to the projects that are due, since I see them as the training I need to apply the same principle in life. The best way for me to do this is to draft using free writing to generate ideas, let them decanter for a bit as my subconscious keeps pondering them over and over, and then reflect on everything that has come up and let it fall into place like pieces of a puzzle. I think my subconscious already knows how to make things work, I just need to give it the necessary time to arrange everything accordingly and then inform my conscious. This may be self-suggestion, but so far it seems to work for me. If the shoe fits…
As per what relates to the WPA outcomes, I think reflective writing relates the most to critical reading and processes: when you are re-reading your writing, you need to analyze it from the perspective of the reader, put yourself in their shoes and be critical about the text. By doing so, you can edit it and intervene where necessary, sometimes revolutionizing the entire piece or making adjustments on the processes as you see fit.