Initially my writing lacked structure and a controlling purpose which caused my ideas to be incoherent and hard for the reader to understand. These difficulties could be attributed to the fact that I am an art student plagued with the disorganization and non-verbal method of an artist’s brain. Being this way, interpreting and conveying my thoughts accurately and eloquently into the assigned writings was fairly tough. However, during the course of English 101 I was able to identify my weaknesses through the aid of writing communities such as peer review sessions and conferences with my professor. With the help from these resources and the writing process I learned to better organize my essays and maintain a controlling purpose in order to help my audience
I have been practicing on how to improve my writing over the past few weeks, which has taught me a great deal about writing. My teacher would like me to evaluate and explain my strengths and weaknesses in my own writing. This evaluation is in between my two essays. One on my own and another with my teacher's help. I have strengths and weakness in my introduction, body paragraphs ,and my conclusion.
Although my writing has made some good progress during the course of this semester, I still some things I need to learn in order to keep improving my writing. Grammar, writing in an active voice, and building my rewrite skills are three examples of skills I need to build upon to continue to improve me writing.
Writing is an important form of communication. It is a personal process that portrays your thoughts and views to someone else. It is not only an important skill to have for school work and certain professions, but daily messages such as emails, texts, and tweets as well. It can have a big impact on how you come across to certain people. Because of this, it is very important for me to practice writing. I believe that this course has improved my writing, which will help me in many ways in the future.
I have trouble writing because my writing seems to be a little “tongue-in-cheek” as my AP English teacher said. (I have a couple unfinished examples that I will attach). I tend to not know exactly what I am trying to say in my essays. It is not that I am a poor writer per se; I just have an issue focusing my writing. I enjoy writing; however, I become engrossed in the way I want to present my ideas. Perhaps it is that I do not know the audience to whom I am writing. I usually use proper grammar and mechanics but that is definitely not enough to write an exceptional essay. In this course, I feel strongly that I will develop these skills. Another concern I have with writing is when it is timed. I have never performed well in a timed writing assignment;
To effectively revise and edit my research paper, I read it carefully, as I played the reader`s role instead of that of a writer. In addition, I used a number of strategies to effectively revise and edit my research paper. First, I read my paper aloud as I listened for errors. After carefully listening, I was able to identify and correct errors in my writing, including grammar, incorrect sentence structure, incomplete ideas, and incorrect punctuation. While reading, I could stop and rectify the mistake at the point where I could note it. In addition, I read each sentence at a time so that I could digest the structure and identify any error. Prior to the reading, I noted down the common errors I usually commit while writing such as the omission
As a writer there are many elements of writing that I struggle with, especially when composing an essay. When writing an essay, there are usually many skills that need to be used in order to be successful with the writing assignment. Many times in writing I struggle with explaining and fully developing the supporting details and ideas in my essay. I would also like to improve on incorporating clear topic sentences and concluding sentences, connecting my paragraphs ideas back to my thesis. Lastly, improvement can be made in my writing by avoiding awkward or wordy sentences. Writers face numerous challenges in their writing but strive to overcome or improve these challenges with each piece they write.
While I was starting the process of writing the connection narrative I felt that my writing was going in the right direction. When I finished my rough draft, I knew more work was required in order for me to get a high grade which I would eventually work on. Going into the peer review I felt nervous because I received low scores on my previous papers by my peers. When I got back both of my reviewed papers I was surprised, to say the least. I thought I understood the purpose of the prompt better. I lacked details on how the issue connected to me which discouraged me to keep writing. I felt embarrassed that my peers had reviewed my work. It was hard to accept that I don’t always have strong writing. I do appreciate the feedback they gave me which allowed me to rewrite everything in a way that would address the prompt and would be better understood.
Gaining the proper flow of words is what I have progressively worked on and improved throughout Comp One. I had to quickly adapt to the college writing process which at first seemed to be a challenging predicament. Soon, I realized how choppy and unproportional my writing was and have molded my skills to a more tolerable standpoint. I have chosen Three previously written papers with which I will reflect my ability to transition from sentence to sentence. The ability to write a completely smooth paper has unfortunately not been one of my various talents. Hopefully, after a whole semester of college english, I have improved.
I appreciate the time you taught me in this class. I’m lucky to have you as a professor, who takes personal time to help with assignments. I have learned a lot from thesis statement and develop and organize my essay. My favorite topic is chapter 13 make a point and chapter 14 structure. My issue was not having my essay organized. The chapter 13 helped me be clearer on my point what I’m writing about. The chapter 14 helped me organized my writing. Relearning this was a refresher.
As a student enrolled in all Honors English courses throughout my high school career, my teachers followed a relatively challenging curriculum. Every year, I was expected to write every one of the following types of texts at least one: argumentative, analysis and narrative. I have always considered English to be my best subject because not only was I enticed by it, but I was also excelled at it. Below, I will reflect on a few of the most honorable pieces of writing from my four years of high school. I will highlight my strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement from each text as I have progressed a writer.
When I was in first grade, I started to learn to write words in between the lines on a piece of paper. At first, it was difficult to write in between lines but with practice it became easier every time. Before, first grade in Head Start I learned to write my name. When I first started to write my name, I didn’t have to write between line, so it was not that difficult. My writing impact has been negative because when I would get a paper back it had several marks on it. For example, When I first wrote my first paper for English once my teacher read it had many corrections on it. From this writing, I learned many things such as grammar, and how to start a paper. Every time I would get instructions for writing a paper I would always get kind of
Three areas of weakness in my writing include the use of redundant information, frequent use of passive voice, and lack of being concise and straight to the point. The document titled Personal Narrative depicts a use of passive voice. In this document passive voice is apparent more than once and therefore, shows a weakness that needs to be corrected in the future. I plan to begin to use less passive voice and substantially more active voice in order to better engage a reader and strengthen subsequent papers. This will better my writing as a whole. Additionally, my past literary works illustrate a weakness in being concise. In Persuasive Essay, Gun Control this is apparent. In this work, there are 5 pages full of information. This makes for a bulky, not concise, and not straight to the point piece of literature. As this bulk of information illustrates, my writing in the past has been relatively not concise. In the future, I plan to spend significantly more time on my writing pieces. This will allow me to create shorter, more detailed, and stronger writing pieces. Thus, allowing me to become a better writer in the future. Lastly, a weakness of mine pertaining to writing is including redundant information. In Persuasive Essay, Gun Control this can be seen. In this particular essay, there is one paragraph with two separate quotes. One of which is three and one half lines long. As this illustrates,
After taking an advanced English class at my school, I improved my writing skills, but I felt an absence in my abilities. I knew my writing was still not acceptable; I knew that numerous aspects of my writing needed to be improved. Through this realization, I decided to journey outside of my comfort zone and enroll in English Composition I. Quickly, I was met with obvious obstacles, which demonstrated the true lack of writing skill I possessed. I was not able to develop a proper thesis and did not understand what a strong thesis truly is. Through the analyzation of my essays and with the assistance of my instructors, I realized that the absence of a strong thesis resulted in a lack of focus in my writing and the inability to adequately convey my point to the audience.