This semester was a bit different for me than in all my other English courses that I’ve taking in my college career. This was the first time that I’ve had to use a blog website were I post all of my work. I personally enjoy using a blog website to share all my work, so that my classmates can help with becoming a better writer. Also I appreciate getting feedback on whether the topic that I wrote about is interesting. Getting feedback is a great way for a writer to become better with his or her work in the future. Looking back at the advice that my classmates write to me on Gateways, helps me do well with when I re-write papers and come up with better ideas for my papers. Posting my work on Gateways has taught me a lot about becoming a great writer and coming up with interesting topics that people are interested in. It made me become a better writer because my classmates giving me great advice on what I should change or add to make my papers be perfect. When I listen to other people’s options it helps me come up with great ideas that I will add to my paper, for others to be interested in the topic.
Secondly I will talk about how we’ve practiced writing multiple drafts for the final paper that was due at the end of the semester. I believe that the drafts and the conferences definitely helped me out with bring my final paper together. The reason that the drafts and the conferences helped me out a lot is because the way that I wrote the draft was way different from how the final turned out. Something that I approved on with my final paper is focusing more on society and culture linked with abusive relationships. My first draft I focused more on the way that teenage abusive relationships are unhealthy, since that is obvious, with my second draft I focused more on the culture that is linked to abusive relationships. I definitely enjoyed all the drafts that we had to write because I definitely improved on the final version compared to the first draft that I brought to the first conference.
Something that I improved on this semester that I seemed to always struggle with was coming up with a good introduction paragraph, also I improved the way that organized my information. This way it helped when I begin the actual writing process. I find it very hard to manage my time well when I’m writing my papers. I feel confused as to where to begin my paper. However I have noticed an improvement, by organizing the outline for my paper, to get a better sense of how to put my paper together in an easier way. Now that I’ve learned the basics of how to write a paper, I will continue these strategies in my college career, and as time goes on I will develop more methods that will make me become a better writer.