However, I quickly learned that I was wrong. All this book attempts to do is teach the young writer about fiction and the many ways it can be approached. Furthermore, Gardner encourages the reader to chart his or her own course when it comes to writing fiction and not feel bound by a set of rules, an idea that I agree with wholeheartedly. Perhaps the biggest surprise for me about this book is that I actually found it enjoyable and interesting to read. Not only did reading this book make me a better writer, it also refreshed my interest in writing fiction, an interest that I may pursue far beyond high school.
Capote made use of many literary techniques in order to grab the interest of his readers. He wanted his novel to be more than just a newspaper description of the crime. Finally, In Cold Blood was a great success because it told a true story in an interesting way. Capote overcame a big milestone by discovering a way to write a nonfiction novel, which appealed to everyone. First, Capote knew that he was creating a new art form when he wrote his greatest work, In Cold Blood.
The statement that stuck out the most was that I had way too many mechanical and grammatical errors. He also stated that I had done a good job analyzing the text, but I had missed the point of the assignment. With my new found determination to prove to myself that I could hone my skills, I went back and evaluated my writing. I quickly realized that I did in fact stray from the ideas of pathos, ethos and logos which was the purpose of writing essay one. I began to think of a way to solve this issue and came to the idea of having the rubric of the essay next to me while writing.
“Books are the carriers of civilization” (ThinkExist, 2010, para. 1). The first part of a quote from Barbara W. Tuchman cannot be truer. It is why students study America’s classic novels to learn about the time period. Many authors intend writing for the future, while others just write for fun.
Poe changed the way prose was read and written and he even created a new genre of literature. Edgar can be known today as the first mystery/suspense writer. Many famous mystery writers even credit Poe and his work. Sir Arthur Canon Doyle, a mystery writer made famous by his Sherlock Holmes series, has a character refer to Edgar’s mystery writin... ... middle of paper ... ...us prose writer have been, and still are, influencing and inspiring the writers of today. Poe was able to change the style and structure of literature in the way it was written and read.
The great thing about Carve is it attempts to be “honest fiction” in the sense that it publishes authors young and old, unpublished and established, by a submission and review process that is run primarily by other writers. They look for fiction that is both concise and generous, and strive the style of their namesake, Raymond Carver, who I knew nothing about at the time. I was just happy I found a story that I genuinely enjoyed reading. Ironically, I read several of his stories later and found out that he wasn’t my cup of tea. Luckily, Carve and, more importantly, The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else were.
I had to revise it a bit and add some more background to what I was writing in the class, such as my Johnathn story (there are more of them too). As to let the reader know why Ms. Moe called me ‘disturbed’, but that was not hard. I’m sure Ms. Geary was a little concerned after reading this, wondering if she needed to report that I’m unstable or a threat to others, but no I just enjoy writing things that get my dark side out (I’m stable now, I promise). Getting a perfect score the first time, I still revised it and added things I thought would make it even better to read. Peer reviewing with Russell was great because he had some great insight in how to portray my reputation.
If I were going to revise it further, I would rewrite long and complex sentences into short but clear ones. For example, sentence... ... middle of paper ... ... the end of the essay, I brought it up again, but stated that “my choice [to participate in that program] gave me more experience” and helped me mature. I considered it a decent ending, as it portrayed my transformation after attending the program and restated the thesis. Compared to last year when I wrote this application essay, my writing skills have improved. I am able to do a better job on smooth transitions and essay structure.
I was not able to go over with the essay so I had a lot of mistakes in sentence structure. One thing I would like to improve is that some of my sentences are too wordy including the thesis and tøpic sentence. On the other hand, I still have done a fine job on the thesis development and providing support into it. Those two have worked well since the thesis and its evidence connect to each other which made my essay a well- constructed one. Furthermore, the practice in class