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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Leatherworth Featherfist, May 6, 2011.

    I seem to have a real problem with academic writing. Sure, I can spit out an argumentative essay and get an "A," but I hate it.
    I love to write, but I can't get into argumentative essays. I do believe that writing this way is good practice though.

    Is there anyone out there who likes to write argumentative essays, or maybe even specializes in them?
    Is there anyone who feels the way I do?

    I feel like I should love to write anything; I guess I do if it's for the greater good of my writing abilities. Sometimes I wonder if I dislike academic writing just because someone is telling me what to write. I don't like that pressure.
    I suppose I should just suck it up and get used to it.
    What do you guys think about this topic?
     
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    Why should you love writing everything?

    I've had work of multiple genres published (newspaper articles, short stories and poems) yet I dislike all academic writing -- with the single exception of reflective essays -- plus script-writing and poetry. I can write them but it doesn't mean I'll enjoy it in the slightest.
     
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    No, I dislike academic English...I can't stand it. Analysing in an essay Shakespeare stories and Robert Browning poems = NO.
    And you don't have to like writing everything in my opinion.
     
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    Oh, I love writing Academic essays! I find it really fascinating and rewarding to look at other writers work and discover so much about it- it really helps me understand the craft of writing more. ^__^

    I mean, I love Shakespeare but it's often quite... difficult, so I find I understand it better when I write on it because it makes me narrow my focus more.

    Perhaps I'm really odd in this respect- my friends who do English Lit always seem to do their essays like the day before the hand in: Meanwhile I've been researching and planning mine for weeks...

    In short. Uhm. I like it because it's what I'm good at.
     
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    Well that's good because I don't like writing everything.
    I'm glad some people feel somewhat the same.

    That's it I'm going to go give my English teacher a piece of my mind, and really let him know what I think of his miserable academic writing!
    Just kidding.... But seriously, I'm going to tell him to shove it right up his class hole. (terrible pun by the way)
     
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    That's really cool. I wish I had that sort of enthusiasm about it.
    Sometimes however I will become very enthusiastic about an essay if I get to choose the topic. It is hit or miss though because the teacher often chooses for us.
     
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    I like writing argumentative essays when I understand the topic. If it's about a non-technical subject, you can even add in a few jokes to lighten things up (for yourself, perhaps also for the reader).

    What I would term academic writing is writing research papers. That is certainly pretty dry. In fact, I have heard the opinion that a research paper is better, the more boring it is. Clearly it's not very much fun to write that, but it's a necessary evil of academic life. Still, better than grant proposals...
     
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    I'm good at it, and see the value, but hate it. One thing that helps is I just try to be as stuffy and academic as possible, to the point of reading my essays out loud with my 'I'm a pompous d-bag voice' until it sounds like pure comedy to me... then I turn it in and the joke continues (for me) as I'm awarded praise and A's.

    You shouldn't feel you need to like everything. If you're a poet, you write poetry. If you're a novelist, you write novels. If you're an essayist, you write essays. If you're deluded and a masochist, you write short stories. The term 'writer' is generally far too inclusive for what most people actually are or want to be.
     
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    No problem. No one likes all kinds of writing, right?

    I wouldn't say I always enjoyed academic writing, but it came pretty easy to me.

    Researching and writing my thesis was quite an experience, and I learned a lot of things during those two years.
     
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    That's funny. I actually just wrote an essay about that idea.
    I completely understand the comedy aspect that you are talking about. I find myself laughing about my pompous d-baggary as well when I write academically. It works though. I guess that is a fact of life for some of us.
     
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    since you're a student, if you want to get a passing grade, you'd better ignore your dislike of the medium and just do as good a job of it as you can...
     
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    In my college class whenever we have essays due, it usually gets fun once I have all my main argument points. Once I start writing, I get into it and I just tear the subject up. I wrote a paper on why America should not have participated in Libya and how video games don't cause violence. Each time I found myself destroying the opposing view. It helps that I love to complain so it bolsters my motivation for writing argumentative papers.
     
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    Thanks for the advise. However I'm not worried about my grades in English, I get A's. My reason for this post was mainly to see how others feel about this topic. My biggest problem is lack of enthusiasm in an academic setting, but I wont let that stop me, school is very important to me.
     

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