It decreases the potential for my ideas to grow and discoveries to be made. It limits me to a single statement and narrows my thoughts, preventing me from discovery. When it comes to revision, I am very lazy and I lack the drive to change my paper drastically. I do exactly what Nancy Sommers, author of the article “Revision Strategies of Student-Writers and Experienced-Writers,” says not to do; I become attached to what I have written. The thought of starting new and throwing out what I have already written ... ... middle of paper ... ...have to discover it.
One of the first ideas I explored was writing in mud. It was natural, I didn’t need many materials and it seemed easy enough. But I came to the conclusion that the text would be difficult to see, as well as understand and the mud would probably crumble into pieces. Another idea I explored was writing in the sand. There were many things wrong with this idea.
Whenever I get a writing assignment for class, it seems like a chore. I don’t have a problem with writing, but papers always seem to take more time than they should. Maybe this is due to poor planning on my part, but essays are usually an ordeal, and I dread actually doing the work to finish one. The task is simple enough, but putting it off always seems like a better alternative to writing. I do think about the paper that I have to write, but I do not put thoughts and ideas into a paper or outline until I absolutely need to do so.
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.
What a struggle. Most of the time, I get bad grades on my essays because of sentence structure and punctuation due to not reviewing my essay after writing them. For example, I struggled with mechanic errors in the essay “The Three Major Methods” as I didn’t use a “formal tone,” which “omits personal pronouns,” which were not necessary. In addition, another comment I had in the same essay was “review you work,” which explains why I had mechanic errors because if I had reviewed my paper before submitting it, I would have had fewer errors due to fixing my errors before submitting my paper (“The Three”). Therefore, one way to improve this weakness can be reading over my essay more than once and checking my punctuation because mechanic issues can be an easy issue to fix; to add on, reading other articles could also help me develop my weakness of having a bad sentence structure, which can help find the right tone for each sentence, which can develop the main idea I want to deliver without using unnecessary
All websites are definitely not trustworthy and being able to identify the good and bad qualities of a webpage can really help me in the future. Not to mention, when you research, it’s not always going to be what you expected. From time to time, you are going to have to change your topic search in order to find anything moderately close to what your essay is talking about, or you may have to approach it from a much broader angle and then work inwards. Being able to incorporate your resources into your essay after you have found them I have found also to be hard. I think it’s important to be able to write as much, or more, from your head compared to the amount of citations you use unless of course it is more of a historical or primarily an informative piece.
I did try to carve the melon with a sharp stick, but it was a frustrating and painstaking process that I quickly abandoned in favor of the tried and true knife. Without this tool, I do not believe that my writing sample would have looked as “normal” as it did, and it probably would have been very difficult to read.
Writing is not meant to be short and easy that is why I need to stop relying on a structure that can no longer help me in what we call real writing especially in college .It takes time and finesse something that I lack clearly but the results are promising compared to the five paragraph essay structure. Not only does it lead me to think and “draw connections” but because it doesn’t have a structure it made me aware of why I use the five paragraph structure which is because there is a chance of getting penalized (Foley 233). It is really easy to rely on that five paragraph structure but it all it does in my writing is it gives a sense of no meaning and no style in my writing. Some would not even considerate it writing because it does not allow me to fully explore all the possible ideas I may have to answer a prompt or direct a certain problem for instance that society faces
I would sometimes feel guilty if I rewarded myself as I believed that even if I was done with my assignments, that I should still sit down and study for any future tests. Looking at other engineers around me who were working all day, made me doubtful about rewarding myself. Another reason why I sometimes couldn’t reward myself, is that I sometimes wanted to save money that I could use to spend on something more valuable. Consequently, I ended up asking myself why am I working and that there was no point in working hard. Not only was I not rewarding myself by having fun, but I felt like I was not getting rewarded academically.
Writing and Technology "The fact that we do not commonly feel the influence of writing on our thoughts shows that we have interiorized the technology of writing so deeply that without tremendous effort we cannot separate it from ourselves or even recognize its presence and influence (Ong, 317)." In this modern age of computers, disposable pens, and mechanical pencils, it is easy to forget that at one time writing was not so simple or convenient. Most of us have ". . .