My teacher told me that "it's an insult for you to come to this composition class which is designed for beginners". Two days later, my confidence in composing was totally destroyed by one of my friends who asked me to help him translate his writing from Chinese to English. Despite the difficulty of figuring out the real meaning in his Chinese writing, I was not competent to put it in words to make a presentable article in 2 hours. I would have to say that was the worst writing I have ever done.
I wonder how to write an article in a short period of time and have it turn out to be meaningful and grammatically correct. I spend time searching for a proper word to use in a sentence then check the spelling and finish it up by checking the grammar. With the help of the spell check feature embeded editing software, I can do it better than the traditional way, hand writing. Still, I have difficulty in coming up with some ideas to put into my writing. I agree with Daniel's recently posted: "If there is a skill that Taiwanese/Chinese students do seem to lack, I think is it not so much critical thinking as "bullshitting"."
The reason why I don't usually talk about things I don't know anything about or read a chapter in a book and then immediately have lots of theories and questions that I am ready to talk about is that I have been haunted by the idea "if you have no brilliant ideas then you're better off keeping your mouth shut or it will make you sound like a fool." Also, I try to avoid any provoctive sentence in case of a commotion, unless the article is set to be provoctive. So politeness usually is one of the highest principles when writing. Michael Turton once said: "Chinese politeness is a like a pearl -- a beautiful secretion around a major irritant." Unfortunately, I would have to agree with his point of view here. It seems that thinking too much curbs my ideas, and a simple solution to it is to write down whatever comes across my mind. However, getting rid of the meaningless, provoctive, and ordinary thoughts should make a great article that is concise, meaningful and inspiring. Isn't that worth spending time on? I think that's a dilemma we all have to face everyday.
Back to the question: how to write an article in a short period of time and have it turn out to be meaningful and grammatically correct? Anybody?