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What Do Others Say Good Writing Is?

What do others think good writing is? I immediately reflected on my academic writing career and all the papers I have written for teachers and professors. Starting with my fifth grade English teacher Dr. Dick Duffany and his infamous 700 paged textbook often referred to as “the Bible,” I learned to compose essays following strict rules and principles. I never enjoyed writing these essays; I felt I lost my creativity following rubrics to try and receive the best grade. However, the first day of my senior year, my English professor handed out copies of The Elements of Style that completely changed my approach to writing. Although his book is a set of rules, Strunk connotes that the established rules of grammar can be challenged, and he acknowledges “the fallacy of inflexibility and the danger of doctrine.” Good writing has style that is developed “from attitudes of the mind” and “extends the spirit of a man.” Style allows writers to be creative and to push boundaries to enlighten the reader. Good writing creates an experience between author and reader, and a good writer will know how to challenge the reader’s opinions and how to help guide the reader through his thoughts.
Source: Strunk, William, Jr, and White, E.B. The Elements of Style. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009. Print.
Andrew Fitzgerald’s TedTalk discusses how Twitter’s 140 character limit has created a new frontier for creative experimentation with writing. During the digital age, there has been a renaissance of new mediums and formats to express storytelling. These new mediums give writers more building blocks and structures than traditional writing to create more spontaneous and creative works. For example, Fitzgerald describes the success the New Yorker has had with live storytelling via Twitter. Readers can tune into a live feed of a short story, creating a new experience between the author and reader.
Source: Fitzgerald, A. (2013, July). Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction. Retrieved from: http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_fitzgerald_adventures_in_twitter_fiction 

What Is Good Writing?

I always produce my best works when I am writing about something I am passionate about. I believe a good writer has the innate ability to connect with his or her readers. They are able to pose questions and force readers to think beyond the text. Good writing is a work done by careful craftsmanship; The more effort and time I spend on a piece of writing, the better it gets. I know Even in our digital age, my creativity always flows best with a pen and notepad. I believe writing is the most basic form of human communication; however, with good craftsmanship, it is still more powerful than any other mediums.

About Me

I am thrilled to be joining your class this quarter. I just moved to Denver this Spring to finish my bachelor degree after working in New York City for the last two years. I started my business degree at New York University in 2011, but left school later that year to pursue an exciting job opportunity in real estate development. I found a passion in real estate, and decided to transfer to U Denver to pursue a real estate and construction management degree. After growing up on the East Coast, Denver is definitely a breath of fresh air, and will be a great fit to foster my academic career. I am looking forward to exploring everything Colorado has to offer this summer.