Personal Narrative: Overcoming Obstacles In My Writing

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Since the sixth grade, the blank page of Microsoft Word has been one of my biggest obstacles in writing. Collecting my thoughts, organizing them, and then articulating them was a struggle. Over the last several years I have felt as if my writing has plateaued. Time and time again I found myself staring at the computer screen desperately trying to start my introduction paragraph. Feeling a need to change I enrolled at University of North Georgia in English Composition 1101. Within six classes, I began to understand why my writing appeared to be unorganized and difficult to follow. I was lacking structure around my thoughts and ideas. Professor Hinds explained to the class that an outline would ease our efforts in converting our ideas into words. I soon realized that a detailed and concise outline was the answer to the majority of my writing struggles. Prior to my North Georgia writing class, I jumped into my assignments by writing in stream of thoughts. As ideas came to me I put them into sentences, sometimes in random fashion. I would occasionally jot down a few main points I wished to include, but I did not go through a preparation process. What I have learned is that constructing an outline helps me brainstorm and organize my thoughts into…show more content…
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