Writing Continues to Evolve

As someone who has always followed the rules of writing to the point of freaking out over citations in research papers, I agree that writing can, and should evolve. In her New York Times opinion piece Gretchen McCulloch talks about how young people have been making their own writing rules in order to convey feeling in text messages. In We Learned to Write the Way We Talk she argues that it is okay that younger generations are changing the rules of writing. They are unwilling to leave their feelings out of their writing, and that’s a good thing.

I think this is great. I am nearly fifty-year-old and returned to college a couple years ago. I discovered the personal essay this past semester and it has opened up a whole new world of writing for me. A way to share my stories without being totally self-indulgent. Personal essays were not encouraged when I was in K-12, but they should have been. There is always going to be a place for scholarly and technical writing, but personal writing should be our go-to when sharing life experiences, and when we are texting, all caps and no periods are sometimes necessary to show how we feel about a topic or person. The rules of writing have not been static in the past, and they shouldn’t be now.