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From Creative Writing to Academic Writing

From Creative Writing to Academic Writing

Since I was young – and even if a bit shy and withdrawn, I have always been interested in everything that is going on around me – and I knew that someday, I would share my observations with the world through writing. Over the years, I’ve dabbed a bit “here and there” with writing, and since 2016, been blogging: first on the previous G+ Google blog spot, which no longer exists, and now - since 2016, I blog on the professional Linkedin platform.

I am a creative person – artistic, musically inclined, have a vivid imagination and love writing – creative writing that is, and it is this way of writing that I tend to while blogging. I have a huge following around the world who tell me often, how touched they are by my posts, which are composed of a short personal experience (life writing), researched links (providing information to those around the world), my photography (a picture says a thousand words), and a music link (scored to the experience and sure to touch the soul).  From my blogs, I am told that I write beautifully, that I do touch the souls, minds and hearts of people around the world; this made me happy as this is my goal in writing, but since my returning back to school (primarily university studies), I have realized that I may not be the greatest writer I thought I was ☹ ; but then again, creative writing and academic writing have their own place and uses and it is this, I need to keep in mind, but at the same time, my learning academic writing is sure to make me an even better creative writer.

I have just started the MAIS 606 course – Academic Writing For Graduate Students, and after reading Unit 1 and completing the tasks, and taking into consideration Swales and Feak tips for writing – as well as reviewing the Writing Rubic, I am made aware of different areas in writing that I may have taken for granted as a creative writer, and seeing the importance of improving on certain areas especially as it relates to academic studies.

When it comes to writing, I definitely am not short for words, ideas and things to write about (I’ve been living between Canada and the world for the past 20 years), but I can see where I could work a bit more on style (organizing my many thoughts and experiences), as well as on theses (narrowing in on one idea and staying on track throughout my writing). I am confident about the research needed for academic writing as I have been an avid researcher my whole life being interested in everything, but I do see that when it comes to academic writing, I need to really state the facts and other findings from my research and be careful not to let my multitude of experiences take over in my papers.

I look forward to the MAIS 606 – Academic Writing for Graduate Students and what I see already to be a wonderful professor for the course: Dr. Michael Volek.

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