Writing without guidelines is a newly discovered struggle of mine. Assignments have always been structured around a proposed topic, argument, or question. I wrote to achieve the assigned word count, or to hit all of the rubric bullet points. I didn’t realize my reliance of doing so, until the stress I felt when Dr. McCoy didn’t assign a blog post word count. Without a word count I feared the unknown of what an “exceptional post” was supposed to look like.
I have improperly used templates my whole life. Templates were my safety blanket to avoid being “wrong” or “missing the lesson point.” It wasn’t until reading the Introduction of They Say I Say, that I viewed templates as a guide to expand on my own ideas. I am in the process of learning the skills of freedom of expression and being a critical thinker.