Graduation Speech : A Writer At The Beginning Of My College Career

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As a writer at the beginning of my college career, when I sit down to ignite my writing process, the preliminary step varies depending on the formality and audience at hand. In an informal setting, I often begin causally, jotting down ideas on a piece of paper or in a journal. Typically it ends up being a long paragraph of running ideas and tangents regarding different occurrences and topics. When faced with a prompt or formal writing, I like to first analyze the topic and determine the purpose of the instructed writing. Once the points and guidelines are clear and a general topic surfaces, I begin to narrow it down and create at least three main points from which I can construct my thesis. The majority of the time, I push my introduction off until the end, and begin writing my body paragraphs based on individual subtopics. My prewrite within the subtopics is fairly brief; usually, I list two or three concrete details on which I can elaborate. After writing my commentary to each concrete detail, I return to add in transitions and double-check my diction and syntax. Once my body paragraphs are complete, I work to restate my thesis and ideas into a conclusion, and brainstorm a clever introduction hook. My personal formal writing process is complete with its final stage once I sit and read my paper aloud in order to improve wording and over looked grammar mistakes.
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