My Interpretation of Writing

When it comes to being literate, most people in our culture are. For years now our government has required children to attend school up to at least an eighth grade level. I think this is a great thing because in today’s society it would be impossible to function normally and obtain a career if someone were illiterate. Being able to simply read and write is so important to our society today. To me, being literate more so means to have a good interpretation of reading and writing. I believe you shouldn’t just be able to read and write but you should be able to read and interpret well and write in a way that clearly communicates and portrays an intended message. Good writing is so important in today’s society.

How does one describe good writing? There are many different forms of writing and every writer has their own individual style of writing. What I interpret as good writing is writing that can not only spark my interest, and hold my attention, but that can make me understand why and what the person is writing about. Along with this, good writing should paint a picture in the reader’s head of what they are reading on the page. One thing that I have always found in good writing is personalization. As a reader I don’t just want words on a page telling me about something, I want to be able to make some relation between the writing and the writer. One annoying thing that I have never found in good quality writing but that I notice in really bad writing is unnecessary repetition. I hate reading something once and then reading that exact same general idea explained in a different way a few lines later, it’s just fluff.

One element of good writing is good grammar. I myself am a bit of a grammar freak and hate it when people make common and very obvious grammar mistakes. Its one thing to personalize writing with intentional misuses of words, grammar or spelling, but besides that, people seriously need to review what they learned in their middle school language arts classes. I mean really, with the simple misuse of the words “their”, “there” or “they’re”… whoever is reading that completely loses context of the sentence or the subject of the sentence. If more people improved upon THEIR grammar, the world would be a better place. And learn how to use their turn signals… just saying.

When it comes to being literate and being a good writer, one has to have been taught well. A lot of times I find myself realizing that what I have been taught in high school about writing and what “good” writing actually is, is wrong. After reading “Teaching as Unteaching” it’s safe to say I more than agree with the fact that teachers end up “unteaching” first semester college students, most of what they learned about writing from high school. It is truly unfortunate that we are taught such things about writing in high school because I feel that for most, the reason people see writing as such a chore is because of the common misconception of the “right” way to write. Teachers in high school have a general curriculum and way they are supposed to teach writing based off of the standardized tests and writing exams given by the state. However, the way they teach us to write to prepare us for those tests and exams isn’t the way that writing is taught to prepare you for writing in the real world.


9 thoughts on “My Interpretation of Writing

  1. If there is no “right” way to write, how do we go about making “good” choices as we compose? What might we account for? If we do not see writing through the guise of rules, how do we view writing?


  2. So how can being literate relate to different subjects such as cooking or driving skills? If we do need the skill to be good writers in everyday life how can this apply to many different things?


  3. “Painting a picture in the readers head” describes good writing perfectly. Good writing is writing that perfectly portrays what the author wants to be portrayed. A good writer writes well in all setting too, whether its a letter, blog, email or paper.


  4. High school has taught me that writing has to fit a certain standard and that standard is the “only correct” way. It should be more than that. We should be able to express our feelings freely. After all, is it really a big deal if we don’t have a thesis with 3 main topics? These “standards” that we have been taught are useful, but are we really going to be using them on a everyday basis, in the real world? I agree that what we have been taught is only to prepare us for tests and exams and nothing more.


  5. I agree with the concept of being taught to be good a literacy. But I disagree with being taught to be a good writer. I think writing either comes naturally or not. I don’t see good or bad writing. I see passionate and not passionate writing. Just like any other art form.


  6. I like how you wrote about the fluff bit, because I hate when I read and forget the heck Im reading about and have to flip back two pages and reread. On the point about repitition, I noticed in you previouse paragraph how to said literacyt is important in society three times in five sentences…was that on purpose to make your point?

    “…in today’s society it would be impossible to function normally and obtain a career if someone were illiterate…Being able to simply read and write is so important to our society today…Good writing is so important in today’s society.”


  7. I like the example of good writers painting a picture in my head because I 100% agree. A good writer to me is one who can keep me reading, at the same time, getting their point across. I also find it interesting when you point out using fluff in writing to fill in information, the funny thing is I know exactly when I do this… in my five paragraph essay. I think this structure itself causes us to do this time and time again because this is what it asks for, by repeating your thesis in the end and the supporting facts should still repeat your main point. It makes us repeat ourselves and makes us bad writers.


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