I want to easily start and end a story. Have better word choice and punctuation. I don’t want to be scared and worried every time I have a big writing piece for another class. I just want to overall be more confident in my writing. My expectations for myself is that I push myself out of my comfort zone for writing.
In the numerous of drafts, you write, and edit is when you find out what you generally wanted to vocalize. When you’re given the chance to step back, you realize that you are the best editor for your own work. Otherwise; you tend to crucify your paper. While scanning your paper, it is important for you as a writer to keep your eyes out for critical information, the meaning, and who your audience may be. While editing a draft an individual should do a quick scan then eventually analyze word by word.
“A Book Critic for a Day” was exciting because I love to read and a challenge due to the fact that the essay required my opinion to be stated just as a professional’s. The strategies and techniques to do just this were laid out in the book as meeting criteria, making judgments and providing evidence to support your perception. I chose the book “Off the Edge” to evaluate since it had won an RITA award from The Romance Writers of America which had a rigorous list of criteria and guidelines to meet to be successful. Criteria is what a reader should expect as an ideal outcome. Making a judgment is when you determine if the criteria has been met in the story.
She states “we all often feel like we are pulling teeth” when it comes to constructing and composing a piece of work (Lamott 468). This simile makes Lamott feel more relatable to the reader because this is a feeling that most inexperienced and discouraged writers go through. Saying things like “feel despair and worry settle on my chest like an x-ray apron” only connects the reader to Lamott even more (Lamott 469). Once the reader becomes engaged and forms a connection with what the writer is saying and feeling, continuing to read the essay is easy. At this point the reader wants to know what can be done to shake the feelings of “despair and worry” when it comes to
His essay does indeed support his this, because he goes on to describe how a writer can turn into subject into an interesting one. He also includes how to keep the reader drawn in and also what not to say. Basically he tells the reader to immediately get down to the point of things and to not beat around the bush. Out of all the nine guidelines, the one that I’d say is most relatable to me is the one that says “avoid obvious content”. I say this because I have a very bad tendency to do this a lot.
The next step, Karen recommends on our journey towards offering a professional self-published book is a good proofreader. I consider myself to be a good proofreader, but it has been my experience that I do not proof my own work nearly as closely as I do that of other writers, especially the one who wrote the cringe worthy eBook. This is because I tend to skim over my own words without really seeing them clearly since I already know what comes next and what I mean. For this reason I think it is a good idea to heed this
When it comes to improving these skills, I believe that the only way to do that is to practice and work on incorporating those skills into each essay. I will not become comfortable with those skills unless I force myself to use them. I also found myself struggling to meet the word count requirement, I would easily be able to write a good portion of my essay, but I struggled to stretch and add to my ideas to reach the length requirement. In order to improve this, I need to further develop and elaborate on my ideas in each essay. Prior to AP Language I really enjoyed writing, but during that class my love and ease of writing went away and I often found it to be dull and like a chore.
With my current drafting process, I write my entire essay, read what I have written and add a little bit more if something comes to mind. I came into English, with very poor writing techniques. One of the reasons that probably caused me to not get full grades on essays in school is because my first draft is what I would submit, rather than reviewing and editing it to improve it. Something I take great pride in is my grammar and spelling. Although I sometimes
I struggled with how how to approached this and make it more of a narrative than an ordinary essay. Through my many revisions, I edited through the roughness to make my essay better. The essay illustrates what events in my life impacted my reading habits. While some details were vague in order to make for a better story, the essay got its point across. I wanted to show how society can pressure people into discarding their reading habits because it is not “in trend.” I felt that I adequately used descriptive words in order to get my point across.
Every time I type or write, I tend to miss out most of the punctuation in my paper. But however, I would love to learn from my weaknesses and turn them into my strengths. In conclusion, taking Advanced Writing class will help me improve the areas of my strengths and weaknesses that I need to focus on. I would like to receive a score above the twenties on the ACT, which is the national average. By being above the average, more of the colleges are most likely to accept me as their
In this chapter, John Bean suggest that beginning students think of writing as a separate skill when actually it is an integrate part of the critical thinking process. When I think of what Bean is saying, I can hear classmates saying, “I will just BS this assignment.” Students tend to think that as long as they can write a decent paper then the content nor the process are very important. I like how Bean makes the writing element such a crucial part of learning so that one is not successfully achieved with the other. I also really liked how Bean points out that in order for students to think critically they have to be able to reach cognitive dissonance. Students need their own view, but must be able to set those views aside long enough to consider
When I thought about my essay I realized I never truly revised my essays, I just cleaned it up a little then turned it in. Making sure there is minimal grammar errors is important, because it will make it easier for the readers to understand the essay, just like the sentence and thesis errors. When I would review my drafts for each essay, I started to look harder for these errors with each essay as the class progressed. I started to find more and more errors that I know I would not have found in the beginning of this class. There is an article that helped me learn to truly revise my essays, the title is, “Revision Strategies of Student Writers”, it is by Nancy Sommers.
Personally writing essays are just boring, and that makes it even harder to write a good one, it’s like pulling teeth. The more I write the better I am becoming at writing a great essay. Spelling and proper punctuation has always been a major issue in my writing. Failing to properly check my spelling and grammar sounds like common sense, but for some reason I sometimes forget to use spell check after writing and hit the send button
I Agree free writing is a good prewriting technique to use. Which is writing down every though that comes to mind. I use this technique all the time when I need ideas for a paper that I am writing.There are no wrong answers when you are prewriting which is another reason I like it. When I 'm not using free writing I find it so hard to think of anything to write down. It takes me forever before I actually come up with something.
As a "writer" I 've found my writing style to be more of a put together flourish of words and thoughts that in another 's opinion might seem like it never left the drafting stage (besides the few grammatical edits and big words to make it seem like it was written by someone smart). I went through a stage of writing in purely second person, and because of that I lost the ability to respect the need of more emotional descriptiveness. I 've gotten embarrassed to write in that context and end up passing it up for more serious tones that just don 't get my writing anywhere extraordinary. I want to gain confidence in my writing so I can go the places I want to go with it, while also learning to keep it organized and in line with my exact thoughts. My thoughts seem to provide a more well-laid out idea than my actual writing does.