Question for Second Reading Response to Mermin

One of the things that I initially had a problem with but have come to master over time is how to change a flat tire. Changing a tire is a necessary skill for anyone who is a driver or wants to become a driver in the future. To change a tire, you will need to park the car in a reasonably flat place to prevent it from rolling. The next step would be to remove the wheel cover or hub cap and to loosen the lug nuts using a wrench. This is done by turning the nuts in a counter-clockwise direction. Next, place the jack at the edge of the car and turn it to raise the car several inches from the ground. After that, remove the loose lug nuts by hand and grab the flat tire while pulling it toward you. Once this is done, put the tire away and lift the spare tire onto the lug bolts. Then put the lug nuts back and fasten them using your hand until they feel snug enough. It is only after you have lowered the car back to the ground using the jack that you can use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts. Lastly, replace the wheel cover or hub cap as gently as possible to avoid scratching it and then finish by placing the tools used and the flat tire in the car’s trunk. The whole process should take anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes.

When I first thought about the task described above, I felt that I would have a hard time expressing myself in the simplest way possible so that a 10-year-old could understand me. However, as I got more engrossed in the writing process, I noticed that all I had to do was explain the process without worrying whether the message would come across in a simplified manner. I told myself that since I already had an audience in mind, all I had to do was allow my thoughts to flow logically since changing a tire is something that most young people have witnessed at some point. In this way, I became cognizant of the fact I could use writing as a tool to think with because I wrote the words that came to mind and only came back later to verify whether what I had written made sense or not. This process subsequently resulted in my thinking about the differences between writing and writing up. In my opinion, the initial process of writing whatever came to my mind represented the writing part, while the writing up consisted of revisiting my first draft to ensure that I added any information that I felt may have been missing but was essential in making the report more understandable to a ten-year-old. In summary, this writing process made me more aware that language, writing, and thinking are all connected and that one should find a harmonious balance between the use of all three to create a remarkable literary work.

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