College in a Suitcase

It’s Au Natural

Posted on: May 2, 2009

“It’s important to listen to my instincts about writing.”

As my mantra series comes to a close, I must admit it has been a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed the challenge to talk about it in the sense of writing and also in the sense of my life as a college student. Is it fitting that this is coming to a close at about the same time my freshman year is coming to a close? Perhaps. Who knows?

But anyways, today’s mantra is listed as above. It is incredibly important to listen to your instincts about writing. If you think this scene would work better this way, rewrite it. If you think this character needs to be a little less headstrong, calm them down. If you think this line should rhyme with the last, that’s good too.

But you need to be cautious about your instincts, because they can be influenced by past events. They can lead you to think everything is really good or they can lead you to think everything is completely horrible. These are bad instincts to have.

But you should also trust your instincts in life. If you’re nervous about the guy hitting on you, leave. If you’re nervous in the parking lot by yourself, call security and wait for them. If you’re nervous that your paper sucks, take it to Academic Support (or your school’s equivalent).

But at the same time, your instincts can be influenced by past events. They could lead you to think all men are horrible, when really, this guy could be different (and they are out there).

So what do you think? How do you feel about your instincts?

Miss Lissy

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