A History of My Writing Process
For the last few years, I have associated frustration and displeasure with writing. When thinking of writing, painful memories of me staying up late working on papers, meeting with teachers for extra help, and dissatisfaction flash into my mind. It seems that my hatred for writing has always existed and only grew stronger throughout my education. Even as a young child, I never enjoyed writing. Numerous elementary school teachers drilled the basic format of a five-paragraph essay into my brain. I learned how to write narrative stories, persuasive pieces, and expository essays. I never enjoyed retelling an event in my life or trying to convince readers to agree with my opinion on a topic. Even researching an animal or person seemed dull and pointless to me. Being a new learner of the writing process, my teachers required a brainstorming map or outline before hand. I never struggled to organize my thoughts and ideas on paper. Opposite to Susan Madera’s experience in “One Voice,” I never struggled to speak english but when it came to writing, it was always a challenge. Developing sentences and choosing words were very difficult for me when writing. Madera was able to gain confidence through writing, while I only gained frustration and discouragement. Through the years, the writing process evolved into an even more confusing and hated process for me. I began high school as a nervous and frighten freshman. I walked into first period Honors English with high hopes and expectations for myself. However, soon I realized I entered a whole new world! The basic five-paragraph writing format was thrown out the door and lengthy analytical writing was introduced. Through the years, I was hammered with literary terms and devices like paradox, connotation, and juxtaposition. The six keys to understanding rhetoric were taught and rhetorical strategies were discussed. For my assignments, a clear thesis and textual evidence was...
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