Old Writing Assignments, Vol. 1

As I was looking for a saved document, I came across a bunch of old assignments from different writing classes during college. While I was reading through them, I thought, why not post some? They aren’t the best, but I look at them as important stepping stones in my writing journey.

So this piece was from my Creative Non-Fiction class, senior year.  I believe the purpose of the assignment was to write the same anecdote from three different perspectives. Enjoy!

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The Writing Chronicles Vol. 2 – Organization

I struggle a lot with organizing my thoughts when it comes to my book. I keep a word document open on my computer at all times.  It’s basically a digital notepad.  There is no rhyme or reason to its madness—I will just type whenever I get an idea whether it be about a character or a major plot point.  When I’m not on my computer (which is rare) I use the notes app on my phone.  I also use the notes app when I think of blog topics.  That’s where you came from, “struggling with organizing book notes.” Helpful? Not so much.  But if I don’t write it down right away I’ll lose it.  Can’t rely on my brain to remember what I had breakfast let alone a random characteristic about some side character.

That’s why I struggle with writing in the first place.  I have so many ideas and I can pin them down in a cohesive way.  I have such a hard time starting a piece of work because halfway through writing down a thought, another one jumps in my brain and I get led on another direction. And then another. And then another.

So what I’m left with are random notes that are slapped on a page with no organization or method to their madness.  I’ve searched online for organization templates but I feel like they are kind of a waste of time.  Do any other fellow writers have this problem? Better yet, does anyone have any tools or tips to help me collect my thoughts in a more productive way?