This semester was definitely a unique experience since all of our essays were posted online not only for the teacher but for all of our classmates to see. Whenever I went into a writing assignment I always thought it was important to keep that in mind. I tried to stay as true to myself as possible and in a weird way I was kind of anxious to see what my other classmates had to think of my writing. Sometimes it was positive feedback and other times it was constructive criticism. I always used this feedback whether it was from my classmates or my teacher to help better my writing. Being able to rewrite my work was definitely a big help in creating a successful paper. Sometimes just by rewriting my own work I was able to get an easier grasp on a prompt or just have an easier flow of ideas to help strengthen what I had to say. Also by being a member of an online writing community I was not only able to retrieve help from others but I was able to help others out as well. I was actually very impressed with what most people were putting up. Many times I would read posts and think to myself- how on earth am I going to be able to top this? Reading others posts also came with the benefit of seeing how others approached an assignment. Many times if I found myself stuck and unsure of where to begin so I would read posts that my classmates may have put up early to help give me a grasp on where to begin. I think a big piece of advice I learned from the instructor was to integrate quotes and source material in my writing. For instance in my first draft of article 1 I had no quotes but when I turned in my final version I made it a point to use them. For example, I wrote in Article 1 “When it comes to activism Malcolm Gladwell argues in his article “Small Change’’ that social media is nothing but a tool for people to take the easy way out. “In other words, “Facebook activism succeeds not by motivating people to make a real sacrifice but by motivating them to do the things that people do when they are not motivated enough to make a real sacrifice.” Integrating quotes such as this and other source materials has really helped develop my writing. Outside of the classroom I believe I will continue to develop as a writer. I know that in the business world writing is an essential tool that expands beyond the realms of English class.
Overall I have always felt I had been a pretty good writer throughout my education and I think English 104 has really helped polish my skills. Whenever I was given a prompt I always tried to use my previous developed skills and think outside the box to create a unique piece of writing. One encounter that comes to mind was when we had to reinvent a previous post into something different. I decided to reinvent one of my encounters into a poem and it turned out to be pretty successful. It was cool to think outside of the box and do something different then write just a regular essay. I received positive feedback from both the instructor and my other classmates. Who knew that I would ever call myself a poet? I think one area of writing that I have definitely improved upon is the integration of quotes and sources. I am much more confident in integrating other text in my writing and I believe it is actually one of my strengths. I believe this is a very important skill to develop because it helps give a true analysis of what other writers have to say. It also helps give me the ability to make a point whether I disagree or agree with their writing. For example in article 2 I wrote “Wilson’s argument is that “religion and science are the two most powerful forces in the world today, and especially in the United States. If religion and science could be united on the common ground of biological conservation, the problem might soon be solved.” In my opinion Wilson does an effective job in creating a rogerian argument by establishing common ground between science and religion.” This is just one of many examples of a skill that I used in my papers. Hopefully in time I will continue to improve upon this skill and battle through my struggles to become a better writer. I think writing is a very important skill to have even outside English class. I’m an accounting major and I know I will have much more writing ahead of me whether it’s a resume, another project, ect. Hopefully my writing skills will continue to develop and expand from here on out and I will be able to utilize the many skills I have retained from being a successful English 104 student. I believe my writing career is far from over and I believe the future looks bright from here on out.