Writing is not my forte. I don’t exactly enjoy it, and I’m not always very good at it. This week consisted largely of writing, particularly writing group essays. I am not always good at working in groups for projects or things of that nature either. So, basically, I thought this week sucked. I mean, I enjoyed it because I’m forever up for a challenge, but it was still lousy. The people I was in a group with have totally different voices and writing styles than I do. I’m also a bit of a control freak, so it was difficult for me to cope with the style of writing that developed from combining all of our own personal styles. On top of being a control freak, I am a very detail oriented person. The others in my group were not as much. That wasn’t working well for me. I wanted every sentence to be just right; utilize synonyms so that the essay would not be repetitive, have correct punctuation, take advantage of different paragraph structures, things like that. My group members weren’t too concerned with those things, and I think they got tired of me rewording and rewriting things. I feel like it helped to improve the essay though, so hopefully my critiquing actually did something good for us. I found a website from The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill and the first, most important advice it gives for writing a group essay is to have a good attitude, because if there are bad vibes within the group, writing becomes even harder.
We also peer edited a little bit this week, but I only did so for about ten minutes on Thursday, therefore I don’t have a whole lot to talk about. I did learn, however, that it is more important to help the writer get their point across clearly, and really give the reader a good understanding of the paper, than it is to correct their grammar, spelling, etc. This website provides some good tips about peer editing.
P.S. This week was also super enjoyable because of homecoming. I love the chaos and stress that comes with being in the business leadership class at this time of year.