“If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.” This quote by Marc Anthony was printed in bright blocky letters on the poster that hung on my 4th grade teacher’s door. I remember walking past it every day, wondering what I loved to do. It seems like a very simple question, but it took many years to answer.
My interest for writing surfaced when I was ten years old. I was an avid reader by that time, and preferred books over people to keep me company. My parents encouraged my interest by taking me to the library every week and helping me pick books to read. The gradual exposure to the world of literature eventually lead me to write my own stories. One of my first experiences was a writer was producing my own interpretation of Cinderella after reading Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, who put an interesting twist on the classic tale. Finding the concept intriguing, I set out to do the same. Needless to say, my version of the story paled in comparison to Levine’s, but the experience was incredible. …show more content…
Although I faced many adversities when I failed to place in many of the competitions, I refused to let my failures faze me. In 8th grade, my efforts paid off in the VFW Essay Contest, where participants wrote short essays based on the theme: “What Freedom Means to Me”. Being an Asian-American girl with both parents who emigrated from China to the United States, I had a clear understanding of how precious freedom is. Freedom meant the opportunity to be myself and the ability to do what I love, a luxury not everyone has. When I placed first in my school, county, and district, I was pleasantly surprised. This gave me more confidence in myself as I realized that writing was a skill I desired to
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In the article written by Carl McCoy he talks about how it’s unwise to do the thing that we love most. He talks about how finding the job that you love may not be the best thing for you. McCoy acknowledges that you may have a lower paying job and love what you do but he also admits he attempted to be a starving artist for awhile. He points out that there is nothing special about do the thing that you love.
Ransby wrote about the complexity of Ella Baker's life. Ransby stated: "for me, in looking back as Baker's life in all of its rich complexity" (Ransby, Pg). In the writing the biography, Ransby brought to life a person in her writing. Her argument centered on the idea of complexity. The complexity of Baker's life leads to the importance of her legacy.
Jeff Haden’s “DO WHAT YOU LOVE? #@&** THAT!” is a counter argument to Steve Jobs speech to Stanford graduates expressing them to follow their hearts. Haden immediately explains how that is the worst advice you can give a young individual. He then formats his article with bold headlines, so the reader can easily identify his key points. All his key points include various forms of “passion” and how an individual might not always get paid for theirs.
Shaping Influences Ella Fitzgerald had a struggling childhood that impacted her future tremendously. Her mother died when she was fifteen, leaving her with her abusive step father. She then moved in with her aunt in Harlem, which was the hub of jazz music during the decade. Stated from the NPR news cast, Morning Edition, “She spent time with an aunt, then in foster care and a reformatory,” this transition in her life she kept as a secret for the public. Living in these situations taught her to strive for her dream of becoming a singer and dancer.
Being a writer requires you to have an open mind, patience, and dedication. In the letter written by Marian Evans Lewes, an English novelist, she writes to Melusina Fay Pierce, a young woman who aspires to be a writer. In this letter, Lewes will encourage the young woman to chase after her dream of being a writer and the different challenges she’s going to have to face on being an up and coming writer. Through this letter Lewes will convey an array of rhetorical strategies to convey her feeling on becoming an upcoming writer.
How have I improved as a writer? I am thinking about my action plan as a writer have I improved, have I met the goals I set out to achieve on my first day of class, and what have I learned in this class? I will go over my time in this class and review the various topics I mentioned above and more. Looking back over my time in this class I will critique and praise myself. How I felt about writing when I first started this class compared to how I feel now, I would have to say I am more comfortable with writing.
In the list of the world’s most watched fairy tales, Cinderella is of no exception. Over the years, seven hundred versions of Cinderella have been created all over the world in different languages (Kelley, 1994). In the 19th century, the first written form of the story was published in China. However, a modern version of Cinderella collated in France in 1697 by Charles Perrault (Williams, 2016) has become very popular in the United States (Kelley, 1994). Based on Perrault’s version, Walt Disney created a full-length animation of Cinderella in 1950 (History.com Staff, 2009).
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.
Writing had always been one of my strengths, but it was challenging to take that initial step past the sixth form style of writing essays. Moving past this phase has greatly opened my mind. My thoughts are now able to be more complex because I have learned how to maintain a logical argument in a structured
Learning new skills in writing has assisted in so many over ways than just writing for school, it has helped in my career. Writing is such a beneficial trait to hold. I plan to improve day by day. I have so many opportunities available and plan to use to my full
For example, I once wrote a small story on a girl moving in with her were-wolf stepdad. Over the years, I read more and more books which have changed my writing. I developed my own style of writing that I’ve learned to possess and I hope my ideas expand over time. I don’t recall where I got this inspiration to write because no one in my family likes writing.
The idea of being able to jot down some of my thoughts on a piece of paper amazed me. A year later, I started writing sentences, which eventually turned into paragraphs, and finally, around fifth grade, I was able to write an essay. The