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Unformatted text preview: Laurel Underwood Professor Herb ENG 109 2 December 2013 Thinking Back Throughout my first college writing class, I completed many papers on varying topics. To best display my hard work on these items of work I have completed a portfolio. In this portfolio you can find a small selection of only some of the writing material I have produced this year. Included is a snap shop narrative and argumentative essay. Both of these pieces of writing are displayed with revisions of themselves showing the growth I have made throughout the year. This portfolio is a prime example of showing how much my writing has grown this year. This portfolio reflects me by showing my inner thoughts and feelings. It displays myself as a whole. It shows that I am a strong writer. This year I have began to enjoy writing and this is shown in the higher grades I have been receiving on my papers. I can strongly express my thoughts on a piece on paper and evoke emotions. I can organize my thoughts so a essay is easy to read. One thing I struggle with is grammar and punctuation. I still use comma splices and have a couple grammatical errors that I need to learn how to fix but overall I am very pleased with my papers. It is very hard for me to memorize grammar rules so to have as few grammar mistakes as I do is impressive for myself. I need to improve my grammar because people view good grammar as a sign of intelligence and will listen more to a person who uses good grammar. If I wish to be listened to as a writer, grammar is key. Everyone should wish to be listened to as a writer because writing is way to send messages to people. Every piece of writing has an emotion or idea behind it. A good writer is able to share their feelings better with their audience. Writing can inspire. I have learned that writing affects people more than most think. Confidence and hope is given when writing, not only to readers but to the writer. Releasing the pressure and stress of keeping something to one’s self is done when one is writing. It is therapy. While writing does seem therapeutic, this does not mean that it is easy. I have learned to enjoy writing this year but I also experienced a lot of stress because of it. The number one resource I used this year to improve my writing was the writing center. In high school I never had access to a resource like the writing center. If I wanted someone to read my paper and help me correct and edit it, I would have to beg my parents. It is very helpful having a place to go where someone else who is unbiased can look at a paper. Having someone who thinks and writes differently from me let my papers improve greatly. They had different strengths than I do and are more likely to find my mistakes than myself. Other than going to the writing center I had many other steps while writing a paper. In high school, teachers always made me prewrite. I hated it and found it unuseful. Because of this, now that I in college I prefer just to start writing. I like to write a couple paragraphs and then take a break. Writing a whole paper at once is not something I can do. After I take my break I will go back and reread what I had written earlier. If I do not like what I wrote I will change it. If I like what I wrote I will continue typing. This process gets repeated until the paper is finished. This is then my first draft. To make my final paper I will break the paper into sections. I will fix one section at a time and take breaks in between these sections. My writing process did not really change as the semester progressed because it worked for me. I got papers done on time and got grades that I was proud of so I found no reason to change. During the semester though, I did find some papers harder to write than others. The hardest paper I found to write about was the autoethnography. I had to reflect back on my life to find an idea to start writing the paper. Once I figured out that I wanted to write about being a Northerner would moved south, I then struggled to start writing. Maybe it was because it was the last paper or because the topic had just happened but this paper did not want to get written. Even once I finished the paper I was not very happy with it. My biggest struggle was this paper and I wish I could had done a better job on it. While I liked my autoethnography paper the least, the paper I chose to revise was my snap shop paper. I liked writing this paper and I thought it would be fun to revisit. To start with I deleted the original introduction. I liked the first introduction but I wanted to try something different. In the new introduction I also added a thesis statement. The third paragraph and the conclusion also got changed. The conclusion needed to be changed to match my new introduction. I wanted to change my third paragraph because I thought of a memory that would fit in the paper better. The fourth paragraph also got edited but not completely changed. It just needed a few changes. I think this version of my paper is more focused and tailored now because of these changes. The second paper I chose to edit was my argument paper. I felt like this paper was stronger than my snap shot paper but I still thought it could be better. Again, with this paper I changed the introduction. Introductions set the tone for a paper and I wanted to slightly change the tone of this paper. I also added more evidence to my third paragraph. I liked my original evidence but it needed more support. Since I changed the introduction the conclusion also needed to change to match. Because I changed these main points I think my paper is stronger. Over all this writing class has changed my writing for the better. I feel more confidence when I am writing. In future I will be able to use the skills I learned in this class to write better papers. I am thankful for taking this class at the beginning of my freshman year because I know I am now better prepared for my future classes and life. ...
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