Once I learned a variety of new genres, techniques and ways to improve my writing process, that fear faded. Currently, I don’t feel terrified with the idea of English 102 and on; this class has not only given me tools to succeed, but a positive set of goals that will prevent my habit of procrastination that I loathe. What I have learned has changed me as a person and a writer; my new mindset and approach will hopefully keep my writing process growing and my drive to improve in high gear.
I was intrigued with it, however, it was not passion. For years I believed my writing was not good enough because I could not properly express my thought process in a manor of which others could comprehend; I believed my writing was very weak. In the beginning of this class, the reason I was late for many papers is because I did not want to hand an assignment that demonstrate my lack of writing abilities. However, as the class progressed and I continued to complete the assignments, the more confident I became in my writing. Moreover, the way I have grown as a writer is becoming more confident within the words I wrote.
This semester I was able to flourish as a writer due to essays given in class. I am now better able to analyze prompts and to communicate my ideas better on paper. Although my writing has drastically improved, it has not always been that way. As evident through past essays, my writing was poorly structured and contained spelling errors. Also through practice this semester I was better able to write a concrete thesis statement, something I was puzzled with in my previous English courses.
Errors like these have shown me that although I have improved on many things, I still need to spend more time editing and reviewing my own papers. When I first learned we would be peer editing in this class I was honestly a bit nervous because I have always been so self-conscious about my work. In my literacy narrative “New Beginnings” I shared personal information and did not want others to think differently of me, which made me hesitate weather or not peer editing was a good idea. I now realize there was nothing to worry about and peer editing did nothing but strengthen my paper. The writing lab on campus is another great resource that I learned to take advantage of.
I never really liked to write essays, but I think now I have come to enjoy it. With the right topic and guidance I think I could write wonderful essays. I look forward to making my writing better as my English classes’ progress and I think with everything I learned from this class that is very possible.
For me writing is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy how you can write something and look back on it and see how well you have developed as a writer. At the beginning of the semester my writing was all over the place and it wasn’t written as well as I would have liked, however, I feel that my supporting sources was something that was good in my first essays. I had hoped to improve my organization and my introductions and conclusions. I feel that I really did improve with both my organization and my introductions and conclusions, before taking this class I was an average writer, which I wanted to improve.
This year in English I have exponentially improved my writing skills. Through critical self-analysis I have found my Achilles heel for writing, grammar and mechanical errors. I have become an editing heavy writer due to this very fact. This knowledge has led me to improve my skills minimizing my mistakes. Editing has allowed me to cope with my flaws.
It has helped me make a good start and saved me time. One thing I find difficult with this essay is develop a good thesis since I kept on changing it because I kept adding more topics for my idea which means I had to revise the outline too. Although I was a bit struggling with the thesis, the in-class assignments had also helped me add some information that can be added to my main idea such as the quiz about the literary analysis in the story for “A Temporary Matter” and the group discussions about the same story. Moreover, one of my weaknesses in this piece is the sentence structure which means I need to pay attention to the language, punctuation in order to develop a strong and consistent narrative. One thing that I would like to improve on this piece is MLA citation since I tend to sometimes forget to use proper MLA in text citation.
Many people like me read for enjoyment. I read for pleasure and I also write for pleasure. For me as a writer I have to be able to write about something I enjoy so that I cannot run out of ideas and things to talk about when I am writing. As a reader I also read for pleasure because I have to be able to understand what I am reading about and so that I would want to read more about what I am readying. Starting this class I was a nervous wreck, but looking back now this class has really helped me out a lot, as a highschool student the essays that I do are not given feedbacks and with this class it has helped me because I get to know what I did wrong and what I need to work on with the feedbacks I received after every rough draft we do.
I dislike being told what to do, only for creative proposes because how can I be creative if I have a certain criteria that I need to fill. Because of my lazy skills, the thing that I need to work on is to put more energy and work on to my essay. Since for essays, I normally put little to no effort in them because I didn’t like to write essays, plus I couldn’t type quickly so it was a drawn out process. By improving on those, I’ll improve in essays. For my Definition Essay or all so known as the Top Ten Lists, this shows me trying to improve on my writing skills.