The way my writing process is formatted is probably quite similar to mostly every other student, because we may have learned the same process on how to develop and structure our writing assignments. The process of me developing any of my writing assignments is broken down piece by piece into different parts.
Frequently, in a classroom setting, when a teacher or professor mentions a writing assignment, the students will usually groan and moan. There are a few students that will actually rejoice silently that there is a paper being assigned. I am not one of those students. Papers aren’t the most fun thing to do, unless you love to write. However, I can recall a time where I composed an essay that I was quite proud of and enjoyed writing.
Is it perfect? No. Does it have to be? No. Author and illustrator Marjane Satrapi will agree. “I am very much a fan of imperfection, actually” (Root 81). She is a well-known graphic novelist. I admire Satrapi. Satrapi has written many graphic novels, but she is most known for Persepolis. She and I as writers have many similarities even though I am not a graphic novelist. We begin our process in a trance like state that allows ones’ mind to effortlessly float on paper. We enjoy lots of brainstorming and believe in the power of visuals. I do not use illustrations in my creative work like she does. Instead I use words to create imagery in one’s mind. I am an artist of sorts, and enjoy many mediums of expression. I believe that though I do not use visuals, my creative ability is clearly illustrated just as the ink on this paper. It is black and white, or so you think.
So far this year, I felt pretty satisfied with my progress this semester. I feel like I am slowly adapting to the new way papers and assignments are handled. All my college work depends solely on me now. No one is going to baby me anymore and whether I succeed or fail depends on how much effort I put into something. For the first time in my life I wrote a paper. Not just a five paragraph essay but actual pages, which is extremely challenging. It’s also been my first time studying for five hours straight so I can pass an actual test. I didn’t know I possessed this level of dedication, it’s probably because it isn’t free.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”. This quote is said by a famous fashion stylist Rachel Joe. As she said, people express their style not only through speaking, but also through actions, appearance or even writing. Especially in writing, even though the authors write in the same language with the same purpose, they tend to have different formats and styles. In a sports news article I read, I found a unique style of writing that intrigued me. The article was “Consider these teams officially tortured” written by Bill Simmons from ESPN.
My writing process hasn’t “evolved as result of this course”, this course has given me much needed practice writing but my process is unchanged. I list, I write, I reread, then I rewrite, thats an extremely shortened version of my process. I learned about other peoples writing processes but didn’t incorporate any of these ideas or steps into my own because my process works, “why fix whats not broken?” is what my grandfather always says.
There are many different types of events that shape who we are as writers and how we view literacy. Reading and writing is viewed as a chore among a number of people because of bad experiences they had when they were first starting to read and write. In my experience reading and writing has always been something to rejoice, not renounce, and that is because I have had positive memories about them.
I have always had a passion for writing however, I do struggle with it. My weaknesses and strengths are what make my writing style so unique. I struggle with directly writing down my thoughts and feelings. It takes me awhile to develop a good writing flow. Especially if I am not given specific guidelines for the paper. I also have problems with my word choice. Of course, I want my paper to consist of intelligent vocabulary; but I often use words that just do not make sense in the context. Despite my weaknesses I have very many strengths that somewhat balance out my flaws. I have such a creative mind when it comes to writing because I perceive situations in so many different ways. This opens up my choices of exactly how I want to write my paper.
Everyone has a goal. Whether it’s to get every question right on the test or as small as going to bed at an earlier time. Like most, I have goals that I want to accomplish. By the end of the first trimester I want to complete my goals to give myself a better future. The goals I plan to achieve are to become a better writer, learn more about computers, and to talk more.
I have a specific writing process I like to go through in order to write to the best of my abilities. First, I get a piece of paper and brainstorm topics or a thesis for my piece of writing. Second, I go through the list, crossing out weaker ideas until I settle on one solid thesis. I try and get every single idea I have onto paper. Even if it doesn’t seem like a perfect topic, seeing all of my ideas together helps me construct an even stronger thesis. Thirdly, I brainstorm every possible point I could make to argue my thesis, and narrow the list down again to only the best points. Fourth, I start writing my first draft. To effectively write, I find that it's best for me to be in a calm, quiet area with minimal distractions; usually either
Writing has been my most challenging requirement through school. I am not a very experienced writer. I was not required to write much in high school until my last semester. My last semester in high school, about a year and half ago, I took GENR-091 which is the last time I have written a paper longer than one page. That was my most recent writing class; I am rusty to say the least.
I have always been very fond of reading, but never writing. At a young age both of my parent were teachers, so education was always first for them. I always read everyday and it improved my speaking skills,but I have never been a fan of writing. My parents tried to teach me to write and even hired tutors, but it was just one of those things that went in one ear and out the other. As a child i remember being forced to go to tutoring, to improve my writing skill. The biggest reason why I'm not a fan of writing is because; I feel like my thoughts are being read. Reading has helped me over time to increase my literacy rate. I recall first coming to the U.S. knowing just a little bit of English, but within a year I was fluent, even though had to take two years of ESL. Reading has always been my gate to the outside world. The
I am taking foundations of writing because I went to improve my writing skills. Writing will always be a part of life in general especially when I go to college. Even when I get a job as a police officer I will need to be able to write reports that make sense and have zero to a few errors if any. My current approach is like I will wait till the last minute and do the assignment but after hearing how this class is difficult I will not wait till the last minute in this class. My strength are I can do complete sentences and spell pretty good. Some of my weakness I don’t know where to put commas, and I need help with starting paragraphs and conclusions.
My relationship with writing has been much like roller coaster.Some experiences I had no control over. Other experiences were more influential. Ultimately it wasn’t until I started reading not because I had to read but because I wanted to, that's when my relationship reached change. I would have probably never cared about writing as I do today if it weren't for the critics in my family. When I was a child, my aunts and uncles always been in competition with who's child is better in school. I have always hated reading and writing because of the pressure to prove my family wrong was overwhelming for me. I had to prove them wrong and show them that I was capable of being "smart" which according to them was getting straight A's in all your classes.
In a professional environment, there are many supervisors who have little to no writing experience before they start a management position. This largely attributed to employees of companies maintaining a high work ethic for many years and proving they have what it takes to take over these leading roles (Mabrito, 1997). When these employees started their jobs they likely did not have the expectation that they would move to such an important role in the company so furthering their education after high school was not a priority. This can cause a poor representation of the company from the less than professional writing skills a person may have. For these businesses, it would be beneficial to actively seek out employees who they see potential in and send them to further their writing