Identifying My Writing Strategy
Writing, something that has never befriended me, will always be an obstacle in my life. For me, it’s difficult to just sit down at a table and write something interesting and creative. I try to do so every time I am assigned a essay, and sometimes it turns out to be successful, but most of the time it is unsuccessful. Every time I am given a written assignment, I go through the same routine: I sit at the table and stare at my computer with my fingers on the keyboard. I have noticed that I come up with a lot of ideas, but I focus mainly on how to structure them while writing. In three articles written by Anna Lomott, Marie Foley and Donald M. Murray, they all discuss different strategies on how to draft, structure and revise an essay. They all have taught me a better way on how to make my writing strategy more successful in college than it was before. While I was in high school I never recalled writing essays, we wrote paragraph summaries. In high school I was taught the five paragraph strategy without prewriting. When I came to college, I notice everyone had different ways on how to start an essay. Since I was already using the five paragraph strategy, I was a little nervous of how to survive in my English courses. This semester is my second time taking English 1 and there are many reasons for why I did not succeed first semester. It was obvious I had issues with prewriting; I procrastinated, I gave up easily and I did not put in my best effort. I realized when the deadline was a day away; I would rush and try getting the paper done. In the article, “Write Before Writing” by Donald M. Murray, he discussed that everyone have different ways of beginning their essays and if your own way is not successful, then you need to find out what writing signals fit you best. I agree with Murray because of my own experiences. I first started going straight into the five paragraph essay, with no brainstorming or thinking of...
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