Over this semester, I feel like I have done as much writing as I did during my entire senior year in high school. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, yes, but it’s all to say I have written a lot, and as a result, have learned much. Thinking over all the forms of writing we have covered, I realize I have been able to gain a better understanding of how to form and write each type of paper, whether it be narrative, expository, comparison, argumentative, or my personal favorite, research (it’s really not my favorite). I’ve had experience with these types of papers in the past, but my teachers never really explained the steps or factors needed to successfully write them. So in that aspect, I learned a lot. I also think I’ve improved in being able to organize my ideas and keep the supporting paragraphs in line with the thesis.
When writing, a big challenge for me is thoroughly explaining my thoughts. I understand what I’m trying to say, but those reading my writing sometimes have a harder time following my thought processes. The transitions, links, or take away ideas may be clear to me, but not to everyone else. I need to remember to take into account that only I know what I want to say and it’s up to me to actually get it across in the intended way. Expanding on different ideas or notions will definitely improve my writing. I just need to remember to do so when I write.
My favorite writing project this semester was the personal narrative. The story told in the narrative had such a big impact in my life and was something that directly related to me. I enjoyed being able to write it, describe in detail what happened and ultimately show others how I felt in that experience and how it affected me. It was a story that meant a lot, and as a result, I had fun writing it.
I really struggled with the research paper. I was able to find a very interesting topic, but because the topic was so narrow and specific, it was hard to find a lot of information which made the organization and staying on topic difficult. The argumentative paper was also rather hard for me. I am not a very opinionated person. Consequently, trying to find a topic that I felt strongly about was difficult. Even when I found a topic to write about, I had a hard time developing an argument rather than just giving supporting evidence for the point I was trying to make.
Even though I learned quite a bit about writing, I also learned my weaknesses and the elements that need improvement. This class is about to end, but I know there will be many papers to come, and I will take each paper as an opportunity to learn and improve.