I found that learning by example helped my writing greatly. One of the books we read, “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert, influenced my writing. The book is well written in an academic style that engages the reader. Her writing also flows nicely throughout every passage. I tried to use similar strategies in my own writing. This is most evident in my third paper because I tried to write it in the Kolbet style. I also tried changing how I transition from paragraph to paragraph using her style. She doesn’t use many transition words like furthermore or alternatively. Even so, her writing flows smoothly because of the way the ending sentence of one paragraph flows into the next paragraph. I tried not to use transition words at the beginning of all my paragraphs. Following Kolbert’s example helped me develop my writing better.
Kate Turabian 's “Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers” also helped me improve my writing. At first I was resistant to the Turabian model for an introductory paragraph because it felt too structured. However, after reading several examples and applying the model to several other academic writings, such as ...
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Through the semester I have improved as a writer however I still have a ways to go. Once I tried to become better my writing showed improvement. The difference between my first essay to my third is substantial. Looking back at the self assessment letter I wrote at the beginning of the semester one of my original goals was to improve my academic writing. I believe I have met this. I made strides in some areas but other place in my writing can still use some work. If I want to improve my writing more for the future I need to work on the problem areas more. Several of the in class reading also were very useful and it would probably help if I look at how Turabian solves these problems or look at the works of other writers. I am happy with how much I have improved in this semester and I will strive to be even better in the future.
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