I originally learned the most about writing in high school and in a creative writing class. I went to an advanced high school named Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and I was taught certain writing skills because they were mandatory to complete my studies, but, later in life I learned other skills because I had so many ideas that I became interested in writing a book. First, in these environments, I learned basic writing skills such as the following: punctuation, sentence structure, grammar, writing in first person versus third person, and outlining. I understood the basis of writing and excelled at creative writing; however, I was horrible at brainstorming ideas or any other form of developing a first draft. I mainly struggled anytime I was required to do any type of scholarly writing. I was never adept at citing my sources correctly or paraphrasing. I also had some trouble with transition in my writing, and sticking to third person writing.
First, I have learned the benefits of taking the time to outline and draft before I began the writing process. Before, I had the tendency to fr...
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... This has assisted with development of my thoughts and ideas and has also made transitioning in research papers more smooth. In the future I plan on studying and developing my understanding of citing sources so I can properly include them in my writing.
In conclusion, I learned many new skills that I did not know were even a part of writing even though some of those skills have not been listed here. This class has provided me with new skills that I will be able to apply to other courses I must take. Also, I believe this will help me in my personal writing. I may be able to complete my dream of writing a book because I have learned better prewriting skills. These skills will make my writing clearer and easier to understand. I am very happy that I had the honor of taking this class and am glad to now have these new skills as part of my writing arsenal for the future.
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