Learning Obstacles

Writing Anxiety

Written by an 8th Grade Student

“Writing is my enemy: it’s difficult, time consuming, and boring!” says a disgruntled me a year and a half ago. Through the persistence of Julie, the Tutor Whisperer, I learned how to break down writing into little bits and pieces. The main lesson that I learned is writing always is a work in progress, and no one expects you to get it perfect on the first try.

Many teachers have long overlooked the unfathomable benefits of clear and concise writing. Writing is considered as an afterthought; grammar and spelling is part of one’s first and second grade education, and it is assumed that one will take these skills and build them into a palette of creative, essay, and story writing. However, when this uncommon knack isn’t nourished, it quickly disappears.

“Writing is like creating a great piece of art. The more you work on it, the more the added layers and textures come to life,” says Julie. For me, the solution is to organize my thoughts with bullet points or quotes to expand upon. With experience, the words now flow without having to do as much preparation. Also, the clarification between then, than, there, and their made writing less frustrating because I would not see an overwhelming amount of comments from my teacher on every paper. I now have an understanding that I can trim the essay to strengthen valuable points and eliminate verbs in passive voice after I have created a draft.

Gone are the days when my dad would write half of my paper; now I won’t have to explain to him what I want to say and have him turn it into a final draft. I found out that the stem of my anxiety related to writing came from worries about never being able to write properly. Starting to write is the first step in learning to write. As an incoming 8th grader, these foundations are necessary for the present and the rest of my life as a student and productive member of society.