Engineering is frustrating. It consumes so much of my energy that I cannot carve a smile on my face anymore. I am so tired. I feel like it is 10000000000000000 miles to walk from Sweeney to the East Hall. However, whenever I first step into the class, the first thing I will look for is what hat is going to be on Mr. Driscoll’s head. There are all cute and smart hats! I laugh every single time I look at his funny hats. Oh, I have a tagline for this class! A hat a day, keeps the stress away. Ah, I am going to miss his hats, I swear.
Time flies so fast. Spring is about coming to the end. I am definitely not the same person today as I was yesterday. Everything has changed; hopefully in a good way. Yes, I make mistakes, I reflect, and I become wiser at the end. In this essay, I am going to write some reflections that drive me to become a better writer.
During the process of drafting a paper, one of the things I have in mind is my audience. In order to write a good paper, it is crucial to consider the audience so you can identify how you are going to write it. For example, if you are going to write letter to your brother, it will sound weird if you use formal language. Same goes if you are writing to the Obama; it will definitely sound weird if you greet him like, how is it going, bro? It is way too informal and you cannot do this if you are writing to your leader. What I am trying to say here is it is your audience that will determine the style of your writing.
When producing a paper, it is important to write according to your audience for the best results, you wouldn't explain a topic to an academic community the same way you would explain the topic to one of your fellow classmates. English 111 has been an eye opener to how important this is to a paper. After learning this strategy, I now take the time to figure out who my audience is, find the appropriate information, include the appropriate supporting details, and choose my word wisely to fit the criteria of the
Everyone on the planet has a goal set in life, but only a handful attempt to improve to obtain their goal by studying the subject their goal is in. In my English class, English 101 this quarter I was astonished by how much I had progressed as a writer sharpening my writing skills and also learned a lot about writing that I hadn’t learned before. In my writing portfolio for this quarter I had to write an autobiography essay, a research essay, and this reflection essay to develop my writing skills better. The writing assignments were fun to do because it challenged me to work on essays of different styles that were new to me. The essay assignments helped me grow as a better writer that gave me the self-confidence and skills to take on the world on my own.
The essay I was assigned is “How To Write With Style” by Kurt Vonnegut. After reading the essay, I found that a theme that would best summarize it is “effective communication. Kurt Vonnegut writes in his essay about how one should write in order to attract the reader and effectively communicate your thoughts. His advice to writing as he calls it “How To Write With Style” provides an insight to some elements that allows the writer to effectively communicate his thoughts and be true to him or herself. Keeping it simple, Have the guts to cut, Sound like yourself, Say what you mean to say, Pity the readers are his advice to writers to become effective writers. After reading the essay, I looked at several stories and poems that shared a similar
Dan Melzer, a former student at Florida State University, discusses a few approaches to succeeding as a writer in “Understanding Writing Assignments: Tips and Techniques.” Melzer addresses seven methods to do well as a writer; whether that be in school or the workplace. To shortly summarize the tips, Melzer explores ways that students can help themselves by using their resources. Also, by analyzing the questions and instructions that a teacher asks of the class. He goes on to say that it is also important for the writer to figure out who the audience is. This will ultimately determine the writing style. Basically, if the writer is aware of the audience then he/she will execute the writing assignment differently than if he/she were to just make assumptions of who
In the article titled “Memories from the Other: Lessons in Connecting with Students” the author Thomas Knestrict affords an autobiographical lens into the benefit of positive connections, as well the consequences when absent. Knestrict’s backstory is one in which he illustrates an educational system that creates the ‘other’ and works to marginalize ‘at risk’ students due to learning differences (Knestrict, 2006). As a result of these learning differences, he was placed on a slower academic track, which he suggests resulted in feelings of marginalization early in life. Educators would ultimately reinforce these feeling with such words as your lazy, your not a capable student, your learning disabled, and you 're not college material. The author states, “The overwhelming message I received every day was that I was different, not as good, and defective” (Knestrict, 2006, p. 3). The internalization of the negative messages hindered Knestrict’s construction of self because he held these messages to be true; thus, his self-image would ultimately reflect such belief.
First, to start out talking about some of the styles and types of writing I have learned about, many of these things may be very common to some but, were new to me. The things we have gone over, to name a few are types and subtypes of arguments and how to present and argument. In these sections I have learned that there are different claim types of the arguments and that the need to understand who is addressing who in these arguments, in any given paper, is crucial if we are going to learn from the discussion. It is important to be able to use quotations and be able to paraphrase things that are being said in papers that are being researched to accurately understand the arguments and form an opinion of our own, as well as be able to construct
Cynthia, I agree with what you say about knowing who your audience is important. I think when you're writng a paper and you know your audience it will helpp you write your essay alot faster. Knowing your audeince in writing helps because you can understand what type of style you should be using, because if you are writing in a childrens magazaine you are not going to use large words that they wouldnt understand. And if you are writing in a newspaper for adults you are going to try and impress your readers with large and vivid vocabulary to keep them interested in what you're trying to explain.
In English 131 we are expected to meet four outcomes that will help improve our writing. Outcome One aims to demonstrate us how to adapt to various forms of audiences and styles of writing. Throughout this course, I have been oblivious on how to meet Outcome One, but with time I became more comfortable in meeting it. One of the key factors in meeting Outcome One is being able to adapt to an audience which can be done by utilizing the correct vocabulary, tone and style. Another factor to meet is to know to write in various forms of writing by using the components stated above, but also the organization of the text.
The audience of the University is all academia. The academy includes the professors as well as the college students. The writer has to write in such a vocabulary and flow of words so the student or the instructor understands the writer’s viewpoint. The writer writes in the situation knowing they are going to be graded for their writing and how well they understand the topic. For example, in my timed essay my audience was the Department of English and I used a certain vocabulary for them to understand the reason I had on both the
5. How would you describe the style, tone, and word choice used? What strategies does the writer use to connect with the audience? In what ways could the writer better meet the audience’s needs? The essay has an overall informative style. The information is all very factual and represents an important topic. The audience, including myself, can learn from this essay.
The book They Say I Say looks at writing as more of a conversation on paper between you the writer and whoever is reading the text. In the first few pages of the book it is said that writing should be compared to something that you are passionate about, driving is used as an example. If you are able to become fully involved in what you are writing you will be able to convey your message with greater success. Just as with driving your writing should become like second nature. You should not have to think about writing to your reader, but rather you will automatically write in this style because it has become second nature.
“I think that if you write what you love to read that will be what your audience wants to read, too.” The above quote by eminent writer Sarah Mlynowski speaks volume of the significance of adapting writing style as per the target audience. The audience is again of various types, and one cannot adapt his or her writing style as per the audience unless there he or she has some basic information about the same. This includes their age, sex, the level of education, the level of information they already possess like the general audience, experts, and novice. A lot depends also, on whether the writing is for a magazine, a newspaper, or a drama. Manser & Curtis have rightly pointed out that “It makes obvious sense to write in a way that
Thirteen years in the making is this essay. I will finally be rid of English classes. The seven-hour writing sessions the night before an essay is due are finally done. I have been in an English class since I can dot my i’s and cross my t’s. Now that I am at the culmination it is a sappy time. I will miss and be glad I will never have to analyze a book or use a book as a lens for another book. For this course I have taken twelve years of English class and yet this course has been the most difficult of them all. But as the saying goes, “what does not kill me makes me stronger”. This course has made me a far better writer than I have when I first stepped into the course from the first.
Writing is an amalgamation of different conventions stuck together in an organized manner in order to convey a point. All papers that are written must have clear theses, a clear, consistent organization, proper tone and style, as well as supporting details and evidence. In addition to overarching ideas like these, papers must include small scale conventions such as conciseness in sentences and ideas, strong topic sentences that relate to the thesis, coherence and readability, and proper wording. These conventions are seen in my writing throughout the semester, however the effectiveness and the proper use of these could be called into question.
Change can happen in an instant or overtime. Writing to the best of my potential won’t happen overnight, and it certainly hasn’t stopped improving itself. When a writing assignment is thrown in front of me, I turn to the people and events in my life that make me for who I am. Many individuals and things are encompassed in my life. Every topic I write about comes from the heart in one way or another. Everything affects me, and everything around me plays a role. It’s important to me to be able to recognize those who have contributed to molding me into who I am today: from my boyfriend telling me he has cancer to expressing gratitude.