This past week I spent two full days in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. I had been called to jury duty, again. I swear, I have the worst luck with these things. Back when I lived in California, I was called nearly every four years. Not that I mind doing my civic duty, but with a family of seven and being in school full time, I don’t exactly have extra time to give. If I did have the time I think it could potentially be a neat learning experience. What does this have to do with my English Class writing? A lot actually. I have a large writing assignment due this week so I decided I should bring this assignment to the courthouse in the hopes that I might squeeze in some writing time (I was only partially successful). Once I found a spot to sit down and wait to be called, I began to write. It takes me a while to actually get into it and produce good quality writing. I finally began to get on a roll, and was concentrating so hard that I actually forgot the juror number assigned to me, when my name was called, completely interrupting my train of thought. The worst part? It has been very hard to get back that train of thought since. Long story short, the best way to write, in my opinion, is to find a time where you can get into the writing and continue without interruption. This makes the process of writing infinitely easier.
Although it probably is no big deal to most people, I am getting nervous about pulling information together into a really great draft. I am second guessing the sources I have chosen thus far as being a valuable enough contribution. I just wonder if they are going to give me enough good relevant information. Maybe you never feel fully confident in your sources. I really want to do well the first time around so I can keep on going full speed and get this thing written. The time I get to work is so fragmented I have a hard time wrapping my head around everything all at once and having a real writers flow. I am hoping to form a complete picture of what I aim to do with the paper by this weekend. I have notes in various places so I need to streamline all that information and put it in one place. I am going to have to put many more chunks of time aside and get a babysitter so I can get enough momentum going. Hard to do with so many monkey’s getting into trouble in the house. I used to write big papers like this all at once until the wee hours of the morning. I am too old for that anymore! My best writing time is during the day now. There is the delicate balance of being awake enough to be clear that seems to fade right around 2PM for me. I try to combat this with caffeine, but it doesn’t always work. I plan to do a bit more research before I dive in. I am going to do what I know and that is writing an outline to make sure I don’t miss anything. All the assignments so far have done such a good job leading up to where are right now. This first draft doesn’t seem long enough to lead up to 14 pages though.