From early on, I knew English would be my kryptonite. I was never interested in the subject and the books assigned along with the endless research papers made me resent the “boring” subject even more. It seemed as though many of my teachers in the past did not care for our feelings towards the material we covered or how we grew as readers and writers. We had no say in what we wanted to do or what we wanted to get out of the class. I understand that we had standards and certain things we needed to cover by the end of the year, but it would have been helpful if the teachers cared about what we wanted to learn, not only about reading and writing, but about ourselves as well.
When I first entered this class, I already knew that it wasn’t going to be easy just because I 'm not good with putting things into words and explaining myself with proper grammar. I can honestly say English 101 has really inspired me to be a better writer. This class affected me in a lot of ways it showed me that writing takes time and you can 't expect a paper to be great without any revising or editing. That has always been a mistake of mine, I would tend to free write a lot it seemed to be the only way I could get my thoughts processed on a paper. I would forget periods, commas and misspell words without even noticing.
As a writer, I think that I am not as good as I thought I was back in high school. I see myself as a student who tries their best, but makes “B” average work. I have never really taken the time to relate to my papers. I always just wrote what the teacher wanted and handed it in. In my mind, I never really liked trying to explain in full detail what something meant.
That sentence could use better organization, different vocabulary, and less... ... middle of paper ... ...take, but those things happen and I had to suffer the consequences. I’m not going to say that I didn’t learn in this class because I did. I learned how to correctly organize my thoughts into good arguments with fact to back them up. I learned how to change my tone when I speak to different audiences. Still, I don’t think this semester was as much about me learning, as me accepting that fact that I’m not the greatest writer in the world.
When I write, I tend to go off topic and it throws my audience off. This all comes back to topic sentences and transitions. When writing a regular paper, I left my audience behind by not leading them in the direction I was headed with my paper. I jumped around instead of going in order of thesis statement. This is still a huge problem of mine, but I plan to work on it next semester.
Naturally, I am not a great writer, it takes me days to develop what I believe to be the “perfect” paper. I have to make various outlines and really brainstorm what I am going to discuss. I have learned over the course of this semester that if you have good sentence structure, and excellent vocabulary, you can write less and still get the point across in your argument. Because I tend to overthink my papers, I do not use proper sentence structure and write excessively. In one of the first papers I wrote for this class, I felt as though my sentences were weak and I was repeating myself in every paragraph.
However, that journal is for my English classes so it is more like a task, not a hobby. Hence, most of the time when I’m done with the class, I also stop writing journal. Moreover, I seldom reread those journals because every time it is mandatory that I write a journal for a class, the teacher also requires me to have a new notebook. Thus, I have many journals but each journal does not contain much, and it is hard for me to keep all these notebooks. Luckily, I just found myself writing journal again recently.
I already had my mind set that I was going to write what I thought the reader wanted to hear instead of what I truly wanted. I decided, however, that although the two questions of “Is it good?” and “Does this suck?” Barry presents would haunt me for the rest of my life, if my personal statement was not truly me, then I was getting into schools for the wrong reasons. It was surprising how, for so long, I struggled writing this life-altering essay and when I just let it go, and started writing without worrying about perfectionism, I “…was both there and not there… and the lines made a picture and the picture made a story” (124). I was able to write an essay that mattered to me as opposed to something that was a misguided version of myself. It took me a week to write the essay I used instead of the three months it
Even when we have to write a small short story in class that the teacher has to read we still run out of ideas and we take so much time. I want to know how Mr. Dashner is able to keep his readers attention over such a long book and the ideas that he uses are just unimaginable. I really would want him to give me advice so I can improve my writing skills. 3. Recently I found out that a movie about the Maz... ... middle of paper ... ...tion.
When I find something interesting to write about, that is when I can do my best work. When I wrote my term paper, I was not interested in the subject of the paper. I started looking up the information and successfully wrote the paper. When I wrote many of my papers, I tried to be as organized as possible. Writing research papers always seems to give me problems.