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I read David Bartholomaes essay Against the Grain I think that I can learn a lot from his writing The way he described his writing as against the grain makes a lot of sense to me now Bartholomae writes that in his view writing is not so much prewritng writing and revision as it is tradition imitation interference and resistance The tradition comes from books you read and the teachers before you that influence you indirectly without you even realizing it But the same time he proposes to interfere with your method of writing to go against how it comes out naturally when you write His proposal allows one to somewhat break free and to get a new prospective on their work It allows you to carry on the traditions from the many before you and allows you to develop within that style Personally I think that Bartholomaes views and observations are extremely insightful After reading this essay I have a new outlook on writing Now writing seems to come easier and with less difficult than before But in contrast is the need to go against this naturalness In this way I will be fighting the ways of others before me and start to take on a style of my own In his essay Bartholomae discusses how when he writes it is a constant effort to write against all of the authors and teachers that have influenced his writing He also tells of how it is a constant effort to write against the natural flow and how he sets up barriers for himself Revising is painful process and it is the most difficult for him even now To go against his
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