"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - - - Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Throughout the semester I have had to write a number of essays using a variety of techniques. Before college, I would write assuming that the only reader, or audience, would be my teacher. Composition helped me realize the many steps that are involved in the writing process from free writing to making a final copy. In order to create a good paper you need organize your ideas. Also, I realize what needs to be in a essay and what doesn’t. I have improved in my writing but organization has been my problem, and even though I’ve made a progress. I still believe I have not fully succeed on this area but I’m going to improve on it. The process of using multiple drafts has improved me to over look on my mistakes. Before I would never go back and have someone else to revise on my papers. The most valuable lesson I have learned about the writing process this semester is mostly editing and revising drafts to lead to a perfect final paper. Able to write on college level, I am going let other people revise my papers. Then I can improve myself as a writer. My favorite assignments was the rhetoric and advertising because it was something I have never done before. I found that describing the same scene in different circumstances was difficult because they all had a similar scene. I be...
In the article “Shitty First Drafts,” By Anne Lamott, she lets out the long held secret to good writing, there is never a good first run on a paper. It 's always starts off as a torrent of ideas unfiltered, ideas completely let loose. It is the draft that is never shown to anyone, the draft that holds all the dirty little thought that you have on a topic, and all the information that you may use later on. It does not matter if the draft is ten pages long filled with unreadable text in the end the good stuff you use could only fill up three pages.
In essence, multiple essays have been formulated during the duration of Composition 1. These essays have taught me an important lesson about my writing, failure is acceptable in order to grow. On the other hand, I made a vital discovery last year that I craved to study journalism and advance further in that field after college. From taking journalism classes, to blogging in my spare time, to always getting an A on my papers, I had the assumption there was no room to improve. Ironically, I was mistaken. Therefore, because of the rigorous essay work each essay brought, I learned more about how to write different pieces and grow from my “failure”.
The writing process is a subject that makes many people nervous. As well as some feel they write, there is always room for improvement. When I initially began this course I was definitely intimidated by the amount of essays we were scheduled to write. Although I have worked hard to improve my writing skills, I still struggle with grammatical errors. In knowing that my writing still had weak spots I felt overwhelmed with the fear of not being able to perform as well as others, and created a sense of shame within myself. During the last eight weeks my writing has evolved beautifully. Before taking English 122, my writing was in dire need of
These last few months of class have been tough for me, although we only had five triggers assigned for portfolio two, I felt the pressure of finals slowly approaching as I was preparing everything necessary to finish my first semester at Farmington. I am thankful in being a part of this class because it played a huge role in helping to prepare me for the end of the semester especially after finishing the article analysis assignment. The class has been a challenge, but has also been one of my most valuable class due to that level of challenge. Because of this class I’ve learned how to work under stress in order to complete assignments even when it seems impossible to complete piles upon piles of essays, readings, and question responses.
After writing my rough draft I then submitted it to smarthinking and received my report back in
Many of you hate outlining but this strategy is pretty helpful once you figure it out. Like mapping, outlining can help you figure out where you want to go and how you want to get there. It also helps you figure out where you need more information or if you need to reorganize your paragraphs. If you still hate outlining you could try reverse outlining. Reverse outlining is exactly what it sounds like: write your essay first and then outline the paper to see if you need to move paragraphs around or if you need more information in a particular area. Once you get past the hard part of starting, take all of these ideas and create your first draft. For me, it's best to write your first rough draft in one sitting just so you can get all of your thoughts down. It's okay that by doing so you'll probably look at it in the end and think its
I learned the importance of making several drafts for one paper. Every writer can always make improvements because a paper is never perfect on the first draft. At least three drafts should be made before submitting. Secondly, it is important for ideas to be organized. One idea should smoothly transition into the next for the reader to easily understand the author’s arguments. Thirdly, it is helpful to have others give corrections on the student’s paper. Asking the professor or peers for critiques allows to see possible errors and ways to make the paper
My progress from one major assignment to the next, demonstrate my writing skills as I write different type of essay at different position. For example, my first essay assignment was Process Analysis essay where I was supposed to write a paper about how to make fried rice with step by step process My second essay, the Media Analysis essay was not enough informative as compared to Process Analysis essay. I had errors like, transition words, repetitive sentences and my thesis statement wasn’t cleared enough. Those mistakes help me to do good on next essay.
In a final draft, there are key concepts needed in the draft before it is finalized and turned in. First off, a final draft is someone’s final essay that is polished and ready to be disseminated to other people. The final draft has been proof read for any grammar mistakes, and fixed to correct sentence structures and sentence fragments. The final draft should have incorporated the comments made by the writer’s peers by recognizing the problem and improving the draft. These comments could vary from a spelling error to completely rewriting an entire paragraph. Furthermore, the final draft should have well organized paragraphs that organized the writer’s thoughts. This could be done by transition words to help the flow from one thought to another
I used to be a good writer, what happened? I’ve thought about this every time I’ve been in the middle of a paper struggling to finish it. Attending the Minneapolis public school system for most of my life I had never taken a writing oriented course before college. My English and history classes were the closest thing to a writing class. Things like grammar and mechanics weren’t a high priority in these classes, as long as you got your main point or summary across and it made sense you’d get an A. This created a false sense of confidence in my writing skills which were quickly challenged when transitioning into college.
Writing is not something that people, like myself, will jump out of bed for and want to do right away. I have to be in the right mindset and have no distractions in order to begin to write. After writing and completing the paper, a sense of astonishment is felt. The feeling of having a rough draft paper done, is something that cannot be compared to anything else in the educational classrooms. Writing papers are time consuming and vigorous, but by completing one, the feeling is incomparable. By completing papers, you feel relieved having known that all the thoughts were written down, and now know you just have to revise. Writing can make me feel upset for the day, but when the paper is finished, it was worth
I struggle to express my thoughts into words. Getting them in order, and keeping them that way has never been easy. Especially since I picture events, objects, or ‘how-to’s, more than I describe them. Reading involves pictures, and I’ve had advanced reading since I was in school. My struggle with writing has caused some shaming experiences. When I was in third grade, for example.
Goodbye. That was the last word that slithered out of my mouth before boarding that plane with my parents. It was that one word that made me burst into tears and grasp onto my mom’s warm hand. I was leaving everything behind, and I meant everything. My mind tried to keep telling myself it was going to be okay, but from the tiniest part in the back of my head, it whispered no, it wasn’t. It was so goddamn hard to leave something that you knew was important and start a new life somewhere else without even knowing what it was.
In writing a paper I often start out full of ideas and methods of analysis about the topic or issue at hand. However, I find it tedious to have to connect those ideas; yet, I want my paper to be cohesive and organized. My rough draft paper often seems as if someone crumpled it up and threw it in a blender. I always know what I want to say and feel that I have a good development of ideas, but often struggle in drawing out my main points. The paper that I am revising is my analysis paper because it lacks an assertive thesis and an organized plan. These are important global revisions that need to be revised in order for my paper to truly be reader friendly.