Once I reached high school my love for writing dimmed. I was taught a formula on how to write the perfect essay. The dreaded five paragraph essay was engraved in my brain: An intro with a hook, a thesis, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Constantly being told my creativity wasn’t formal, so when I wrote papers it was more facts and evidence and less short stories and experiences. My writing became dull to me and reading over my papers and stories was a dread because I could see the drastic amount of lost creativity. Although I still received high praise it felt as if the papers I was writing wasn’t
I can remember the first day of school when I walked into Mrs. Mary Doe´s room and I wondered, “What am I going to learn this year?” Well, the answer to that question is a lot of information that will help me in the future, especially, how to make a great essay. This valuable information will take me into high school and beyond. This information is the roots of my writing that has made me greatly improved as a writer. This year I learned what kind of writing I like, how I write efficiently and fluently, and how I changed as a writer.
The development of my writing skills will be an ongoing process until I cease to exist. Ernest Hemingway believes that “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” My apprenticeship began when my parents taught me to write my name and since then, I have written letters, thank-you cards, grocery lists, literary analysis essays and many in-class essays. Those who have been teaching me this craft have occasionally guided me in the wrong direction by making the use of outlines mandatory, but this approach has proved to be ineffective for me. My writing process is liberal and focuses on revision rather than pre-planning. The combination of outlining, in-class essays and my revision process has allowed me to discover that
I thought I had mastered the ability of becoming an effective and efficient writer when I was in high school, but to my surprise I would later learn that there was much more for me to learn about writing. I did not always consider myself a good writer. In fact, it was something I had to work at in order to improve. As I continued my education in college, I gained more and more knowledge about writing. I learned different forms and styles of writing and a variety of details along with basic fundamentals that accommodated the specific classes had to write for. I always seemed to struggle with sentence structure and clarity. My teachers would often ask me what I was referring to in the paper or what was the main point from my statements. I hope
Attending college at an old age, writing an effective paper is a formidable task I am trying to overcome. Although English was taught in my native country, there were no proper guidelines on writing a paper; hence most submitted essays were mostly results of brainstorming and “free writing”. Embracing such things as MLA, grammar, and structure, and exploring the limitless boundaries of critical thinking, I developed an idea of what is considered as “good writing”. Most of my papers were edited with the help of the Writing Center. I took all suggestions by my fellow peers and professors into developing my skills as a writer. From writing an essay without topic sentences or proper thesis, I developed the skills and learned the guidelines of becoming a proper writer at a college-undergraduate level.
Writing doesn’t come easily to me, which must make me a glutton for punishment. It has taken me years of training, learning to structure an essay and unlearning to begin again. Only since attending HSU am I realizing how exceptional my writing has become. Over the course of two semesters, I have seen my writing expand and grow. While I still adhere to the training I received in high school, I am excited to now take these tools and develop my own unique style in the years to come.
Do you ever wonder how good your writing skills are? Or what it takes to become a good writer? In Cal Newport’s book “How to Become a Straight A Student’’ he discusses in Part 3, Essays and Papers, how to become a college level writer. In this paper I will be comparing the common themes from the movie “Dead Poets Society” and Cal Newport’s Part 3 on what makes a good writer. In order to become a good writer you must be able to find your own voice, craft a powerful story, and get good feedback.
Freshmen always think that they have enough college writing skills. But the author in the article does not think that because most freshmen students believe they have spent a lot of time writing articles, but it's not enough for college. “What we found really