Writing is an art form created by past experiences, future hopes, fantasies, and limitless imagination. It brings feelings, knowledge, adventure, mystery, and foreign times and places to life. Writing can be very personal, remedial, cathartic, and affect you in ways that could change your life forever. Participating in Analytical Composition and Literature this year has been a Joy urine that has brought about personal growth as a writer and allowed me to express my growth in different writing skill genres.
In challenging myself throughout this course I feel as if I have succeeded in expanding my vocabulary, progressing in my editing skills, and improving my overall proficiency in literacy, even during those moments when my writing felt somewhat deficient. This trimester there have also been times when I have failed to inspire, excite, translate, or adequately create my works, but even these tragedies were not in vain. I was able to improve my writing and turn my deficiencies into success stories by learning from my mistakes and produce some good work.
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My foremost accomplishments in this class came in the form of my persuasive piece and my research paper. These two assignments more than any others, enriched my writing techniques in many ways and secured the idea that putting forth your best efforts will yield good results. My research paper demonstrates my proficient skills in gathering and developing facts, analyzing these facts and ideas or information to create a properly informed paper. While my persuasive paper is evidence that I have better cultivated the ability to grab my audience, sentence fluency and use of transitions.
The skills I have acquired in this course have dramatically changed me as a writer. I have acquired a greater, more diverse, intellectual skill set for producing works. The choice to grow was mine, as it is for everyone who allows themselves the open-mindedness to take information or imagination and absorb, analyze, and create something new. Though my research and persuasive paper were some of my best works they were not my favorite written during this past year. My favorite work was my personal narrative. My heart was already touched by a past experience so writing about it was form of therapy and a release.
The paper was a piece written about my dog Cornelia. I loved writing about her and describing details of what she meant to me. I think writing about what you love leads to loving what you write. Cornelia was my first dog. She was thoughtful, smart loyal and we loved each other and I felt lost her tragically. I wanted my readers to feel all of those things even the pain of losing her. I wrote how Cornelia locked eyes with me in a forgiving, grateful way until the moment she died. I was consumed with pinned up emotions as
I wrote about Cordillera’s death and filled with happy, heavy hearted memories when I wrote about her life. I cannot imagine that writing a paper with more passion than a remind us that we are alive. In addition to loving what you write sometimes writing can be an unpleasant chore. For me these times come not while writing a specific type of literature but, rather when I succumb to writing down my thoughts in a manner that is familiar to me and not so clear to the readers. I sometimes expect the readers to know what I’m feeling, thinking, or seeing Just because I can.
The unpleasantness in discovering this as I am writing is my unwillingness to want to compromise my ideas or thoughts by rewording my work. Yet another weakness in my writing is grammar. Consequently for me not keeping my audience in mind has lead to less than interesting writing and maybe even less than an exceptional grade. Fortunately I learned this lesson early in the class and have made it my goal to improve by including the readers, even capturing them! As with grammar, it is an art form in itself. I will continue to overcome its rules, exceptions and all its gray areas.
I have oaken the first steps to accomplishing this by purchasing a book dedicated to improving ones grammar. My next step is to read it so as to decrease my failures. Winston Churchill once said, вЂў Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ” I have always been pretty brave, (after all I did that this I will to remember that my weaknesses won’t kill me and my successes aren’t necessarily all I am capable of. However failures are not what I have spent my year in Analytical Composition and Literature dwelling on. I use my failures as needed to row and then I change.
It is these changes that have made me a progressively improving writer. I can now write with the desire to inspire my readers and give them information in an organized, well developed manner. I am more cautious of spelling grammatical errors and have improved my vocabulary, and over all writing technique in all genres. When I look back to the beginning of the year I am able to see my improvements I am inspired to take note of all the changes and look forward to creating more works in the coming years that could inspire, inform and change others for the rest of their lives.