It is difficult to get my mind to focus on one idea, which makes it difficult to start a paper. Outlines are a great method for organizing thoughts, but outlines take time, and I have found that outlines do not necessarily help with all types of writing. Between American Studies and Honors Writing, I have written two research papers, for which I was required to compose outlines. The outlines undoubtedly helped the writing process operate smoothly, but I struggle to believe that an outline would have helped me write any other type of paper. In “Literacy, Identity, Imagination, and Flight,” Gilyard shares his approach to education and learning by stating, “A lot of my initial observations are the old ‘go for what you know’ variety that are important back in the ‘hood” (Gilyard 42).
When I am assigned to write an essay, the first thing I do is panic. I panic because I always seem to run into the same problems with my writing process. I have no central idea. I have no clue what I actually want to write about. When I was younger, I always started by making a web or an outline because thats what my teachers encouraged me to do in school, but I don’t do that anymore.
Whenever I get a writing assignment for class, it seems like a chore. I don’t have a problem with writing, but papers always seem to take more time than they should. Maybe this is due to poor planning on my part, but essays are usually an ordeal, and I dread actually doing the work to finish one. The task is simple enough, but putting it off always seems like a better alternative to writing. I do think about the paper that I have to write, but I do not put thoughts and ideas into a paper or outline until I absolutely need to do so.
I needed an outlet from the pointless assignments which inevitably turned into me writing my own short stories and blogs. Although I did not learn much about writing from this unproductive class, I learned a lot about myself. I found my passion. By the end of the year, I was ready to go into regular English, but in the back of my mind I knew I had to at least see what the next year was like. I felt as though I went through hell and back with the previous class, how much worse could the next be?
Writing is a process I’ve grown to despise. Ever since grade school, I’ve had problems trying to express my ideas on paper. My writing process involves thinking about what’s being asked and trying to reflect my thoughts the best way I can on paper, but my thoughts don’t always come out as clear as I want them to be sometimes leaving a question not fully answered. My writing process isn’t a consistent set in stone process, but since being in ENC 1101 I always follow some of the same parameters such as revising my drafts, grammar usage and considering context and audience. According to Donald M. Murray in The Makers Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts “A piece of writing is never finished”.
This assignment came at the end of the semester where I still found myself being challenged with new concepts. I thought it was going to be impossible to write a monologue in first person from a person I have never met. At first I was skeptical, but then after sifting through TIME magazine and researching the time period I was able to bring everything together. Then came digging deep to find the confidence to read it aloud in front of the class. Nonetheless it was a divergent assignment that allowed myself to expand from simple essay writing and delve
I had work from other class to do so I kept ignoring my essay . During my english class we had time to work on our final draft but instead i was procrastinating. The deadline was coming so much quicker than I thought. It was a thursday afternoon when I sat down at my desk and looked at my rough draft I hated it. I hated what I wrote I could not turn
I say this because throughout the process, there was never a time that I was satisfied with what I had to put down on paper. I personally felt that my paragraphs didn’t have a main focus, because I wasn’t clear about the topic that I had chosen for this assignment. It was difficult to not gravitate away from the topic, since I was thinking about random things that could potentially associate with bullying. On top of that, I was stressing about whether any of the words that I put down on paper make sense or not. Writing is not a skill that I possess, but I would want to improve it incase I need it in the
Each time I was presented with the task to write in new ways to me, I would take a step back and think to myself for a while. On one occasion, I recall me receiving a low grade on a paper where it was supposed to be in APA style format. Instead, I used the format of what I knew and followed an MLA style format. There was also a time when citing was something crucial in our paper reports. I would not even know the format that would be required to make a bibliography or how to cite in a research paper because I thought papers like these were difficult and complicated to understand me.
When signing up for a course as a transfer you don’t quite always know what you are getting into. Consequently, this led to me being blindsided the moment I walked into English 202 and had to get back into the swing of things. At the beginning of the semester it seemed like it would be easy, however, I learned quickly that it wasn’t going to get easier, and while though out the semester I improved in my writing on my essays, it wasn’t without its struggles. After making it look easy, there was a lot of work put into each assignment to pull off something that didn’t come naturally to me, often I had trouble grasping any outward looking theory which might allude to the fact that I am more of an inward looking theorist. As well, each week the