I have always thought of writing as a passion. Personally I do not think of writing as a
talent, or a hobby. To me writing has always been about letting other people into my thoughts,
ideas, and my soul. When I was younger, I despised writing. I thought that I was a horrible
writer, and that I had no talent in this field. Then one day, out of blue I had an epiphany; good
writers aren’t born, they’re made. Now I believe that it is up to the writer to develop that zeal,
and sharpen their skills and vocabulary. However, over these past few months writing has
become a struggle once again. Nonetheless, this composition class has helped me grow as a
writer, and discover my strengths and weaknesses.
This course has helped me set apart personal writing, from academic writing. I
discovered that I have always written essays in a personal format. Academic writing usually
needs some research, opinions supported with facts, and word count requirements. While
personal writing is more freestyle. This composition class helped me realize that I have taken for
granted writing in a layout where I can express an opinion on a topic, and be free to say whatever
I wanted to; there was no right or wrong answer. During this class I have learned to use a
different level of thinking for my papers; which in turn has changed my confidence as a writer.
In my past academic years I have never had to actually work for a grade. No English
course I have taken has proven to be a challenge, until now. I have always known procrastination
to be a vast flaw of mine, but this time around I paid the price. Most of my papers were written
the night before in previous English courses, and I still manage to average an ‘A’ on all of them.
This awful habit led me to believe that I was cheating myself. Freshman composition led me
down a road towards a huge awakening.
One of the major problems I met throughout my writing was the difficulty to analyze and
answer the questions on topic. I knew what message or idea was I was trying to convey and
assumed that the audience would know it too. I would often find myself writing about my topics
using my freedom of speech. I was not realizing that in a formal essay I have a limited liberty to
express myself. Thus, presenting another fault in my confidence as a writer. Although these
challenges have presented themselves I know with due time I shall overcome them, and be the
award winning journalist I aspire to be.
Writers face numerous challenges when composing an essay, especially in order to be successful.
Occasionally an effortless assignment will be given out, such as the narrative assignment. I have
always thought of myself as a superb storyteller, and this assignment allowed me to put my
narrative ability to work. Achieving such an excellent grade on my first college paper made me a
little overconfident. When I speak I have no troubles declaring my position on a given topic. Yet,
when it came to writing about my position I stumbled upon immense trouble. The position paper