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.
My teacher always drilled, "Writing is just like reading." Reading excellent novels, influences excellent writing. Reading is an essential role in my writing process.
I have found becoming a writer every bit as much a process as writing itself. One does not become a writer overnight but over time, and I offer the following stories as examples of some of the steps I have taken in what is proving to be a life-long process.
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.
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.
I never imagined writing would be such a difficult thing. Keeping deadlines with specific word counts up-to-date, and still being expected to keep those “creative juices” flowing, I swear it should be filed under Cruel and Unusual Punishment. But, even with the constant, leering gaze of my Creative Writing teacher over my shoulder I still find absolute enjoyment in creating a world out of nothing with memorable characters that leave a lasting impression.
I feel like I have really gotten a better understanding on what areas of my writing have gotten better and which still need a little more work. One thing I feel I have gotten better at is how to write a paragraph better. I feel that the way I write my paragraphs is more organized and not all over the place. Another thing I feel I have improved is how to write down my ideas before I start to actually write my paper. One last thing I feel I now understand better is how to proof-read a paper. I now know more about what type of mistakes to look for in my paper and in other people’s papers I might read. Some of the things that helped me in getting better in writing where things i learned in class and things in my textbook. In class we went over
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
As I sit here trying to figure out how to combine ideas and make proper transitions the time keeps ticking. Another hour wasted and nothing is still yet to be fixed. My writing skills is a major challenge that I face daily, 16 years of knowing English and yet I still can’t get the hang of it. I started learning English when I was nine years old, something that I wish I could have learned at an earlier age but instead I learned Spanish.
My writing process is very much like many other people, taking what people think is a single five paragraph essay: including the intro, the three body paragraphs, and the conclusion. When writing like this it is wise to have three or more specific reasons to answer the question. In my paper, I have those reasons for why I write in the manner that I do. My writing process is made up of thought process, affection towards the assignment, and the writing technique.
Growing up, a phase that people don’t want to admit they are doing. As I was growing up I had many issues. Trying to figure out how society works, trying to figure out where I fit in, and learning the how to read, write and speak. It was not easy. One of my many flaws was my speaking. No one knew what I was even speaking at times because I would speak a million of nonsense words at once. Sometimes I would not even know what I was saying. I lived in a household that was very bilingual. Spanish and English were the languages I was exposed to as a child. I am not quiet fluent in Spanish but, my first language was English. It wasn’t easy for me to learn the how to write and read having a slight form of dyslexia, writing was almost impossible to
Yes, my writing experiences are similar to Stafford's. I noticed this when he said, "When I began to try to write things... One thing would lead to another; the world would give and give... an idea hard to pin, difficult to say, and perhaps offensive to some..." When I write things I also feel as though the world, or in my case God, give and give ideas. Ideas in which I feel the need to express, but I sometimes find it hard to pinpoint the idea in a comprehensible way, I sometimes find it difficult to express the idea, and in some cases may offend or just shock others with the idea.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t say that I am one who enjoys writing as a hobby it definitely doesn’t bore me I just enjoy using my imagination while I read therefore if I am writing it would be on a specific topic or certain subject. I preferred to research my topic in-depth so that I may have a full understanding of what I will be writing about, I will be researching and thinking about both my side and if one exists the opposing sides views or arguments. I will then start to write any and all of my ideas and thoughts down, this is usually just a long free write so I usually use 2-3 sheets of paper during this step writing down anything that I want to say about the topic as well as any reliable sources I can refer to. Once I am completely satisfied with all that I have written down I will transfer it over to my computer where I will continue to add to my writing sample as I go this is where I start to
Each writer establishes their own writing process. For some, writing may come naturally and is fairly easy to pick up on, while others may struggle with writing. Fortunately, I feel as if writing comes naturally to me. As a benefit, my dad is an English teacher-- which means I have been practicing my writing and grammar skills from a young age. Included with the many hours of writing practice, I have secured many skills that contribute to my writing ability.
I am not the kind of person who talks or writes much. Putting my thoughts on papers is something I have always struggled with doing. I believe this class will help me improve on transferring my thoughts to paper, in an organized fashion. I look forward to becoming a better writer because of this class.