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Literacy Narrative: 'more Than Just Words'

900 words - 4 pages

Literacy Narrative:

'More than Just words'

It’s sort of a strange feeling putting ideas and emotions into words. Even stranger when those words are written on paper or typed on a laptop. Strange in the sense that intense emotions, ideas that come to you in a moment or ideas that are well constructed seem to have more meaning when they are written down. At least that’s how I feel about writing.

My early memories of writing are almost the only ones I have of my schooling days, mainly because writing was the only thing I took a real interest in. I had a passion for writing and I wasn’t too concerned if my teachers couldn’t understand my quirky storylines about being a ...view middle of the document...

My unconditional love for writing ended up being my downfall. I found myself dreading the very thought of writing an essay or even just answering a question in writing. Writing was no longer a playground like it once was. From then on I began to get my fix from writing at home. Song lyrics was my safe haven and I still very much regret not keeping all the scraps of paper with various verses and choruses scribbled all over them. My parents didn’t like the idea of me coming home to sit in front of a TV. I was always ordered to play some sport outside. Instead I would write about my day and the challenges I was facing into a journal. I never really spoke about my feelings or problems I faced growing up with my parents. The journal that I kept hidden under my bed was my soundboard and often a resolution would be found within me. Writing became a common occurrence at home and not at school. Grades took a dive from exceeding expectations to just scraping by and doing the bear minimum, as if my literate mind was in protest.

In early 2010 the challenges that I was facing with writing weren’t in any way on my mind. I was diagnosed with severe manic depression and psychosis which evidently meant that the requirement to put sentences together was no longer important. I withdrew from College and spent two months in the mental health unit. This time the writing was on the wall. I was...

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