Everyone can write, but not everyone can write well. I am one of those people who fall into the category of people who can’t write well. I always felt like I was never a good writer because of my lack in ability to develop my ideas, get my point across, or possess mature writing. In addition, it was always difficult to even start an essay because whatever I wrote down was never satisfying or catered to my liking. However, from our first writing assignment, the living picture narrative, I was able to improve on my writing abilities and become more confident in what I wrote through the activities we discussed and learned in class.
When starting the narrative, I didn’t have a clear cut process on how to map out the process of my essay. I would usually start out by opening up a word document and mentally think of what topics I should include into my writing. Then, I would try to start writing an introduction, but could never get passed my first sentence because it wasn’t a good “hook”. Once exhausted from trying to get passed the first sentence, I would continue writing, going back and editing after a couple of sentences. I prefer to finish an essay in one sitting rather than stopping midway and continuing after a day or so. However, from what I learned in class changed the way I was going to approach the living picture narrative project. Since reading “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott, I learned that all first drafts are going to be bad and I shouldn’t worry about trying to perfect my writing as I first start out. Instead, I should just get it all down on the paper first, then go back and revise. I took this process to my living picture narrative paper, but first started on brain storming on what topics I would include into the paper first before writing. Since I jotted down an idea of what was going to be in my paper, I had a better idea on how to start. In addition, I was able to avoided stopping and thinking of what else to include because I had already previously mapped out a structure of each paragraph. This time I decided to stop writing after 2 paragraphs and continued after a day. By doing this, it helped me take a break and come back to start fresh again. The changes I made in my writing process helped me plan and execute this essay with less complications. I hope to do the same thing for upcoming assignments and any other writings for other classes.
By writing my literacy narrative, I feel that I have improved on the course goals: rhetorical knowledge and processes. Through different readings we received during class, for example, moving beyond the 5 paragraph essay, Mother Tongue, The Life of a Horse Girl, and other paragraph analyzing, I learned the skills needed to write an effective literacy narrative. I tried focusing on detail and imagery for my literacy narrative like how Amy Tan and Luciana Diz did to draw in their readers as if they were there with them. Also learning how to focus on content and structure of an essay helped me when I went to peer review other’s essays and edit my own draft. Receiving thoughtful comments and praises on my first draft guided me through revising my flaws I didn’t notice before when rereading it on my own.
I hope to take these new skills and apply them to other writing assignments I have in the future. Whether it be for other class writings or even research projects done for my career in nutrition. Through my new found knowledge in revising and editing based on feedback from others, I will be able to create a better draft of any assignment.
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