Writing Rehab (Personal Essay)

1026 WordsApr 30, 20135 Pages
Katherine Tatom Writing 121 15 April 2013 Writing Rehab When given this assignment to describe what kind of writer I am, I panicked. I spent hours staring at a blank page, trying to decide whether to fabricate a story, describe my feelings of inadequacy in the area of writing or simply drop this class. The truth is my past is very blurry, I may have been an excellent writer at one time in my life, but the chances of me remembering that are very slim. So this is not so much a story from my life, it is more of the story of why I can’t remember my life. I was seventeen, on vacation with my mom. Like every teenager I was anxious to get back home, but I wasn’t like most normal teenagers. When we were fifteen minutes outside of Salem we…show more content…
It wasn’t until my first day of classes, when I was assigned to write a paper describing the “kind of writer” I am, that I realized I was in over my head. I am anything but a writer, and there’s no way I was going to be able to fake it, so the next day I dropped the writing class. It wasn’t until this class, where I was told that I was not being asked to explain in great detail what has shaped me into this amazing writer that I am today, but instead to explain what type of writing I feel comfortable with. At that point I realized that this assignment may not be quite as difficult as I thought. I never stopped journaling, even when I was dependent on heroin. The people I was surrounded by were not my friends, by any means, and frankly could not be trusted. So, when I felt I had no one to talk to, I would write in my journal. Now that I am in drug treatment, I am spending more and more time journaling and writing letters to the people I have hurt over the years. I find that some things are best communicated in that way. So, when I ask myself what kind of writer I am, the only answer I come up with is “not a very good one.” As far as me being able to write a college essay, I am fairly certain I am not at the same level as my fellow classmates. That being said, I hope that by the end of this term I don’t feel so intimidated by writing assignments. If there’s one thing I can say about myself as a writer,
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