10 October 2014
Throughout high school I’ve come along many essays, and I’ve consistently found myself writing exploratory writings. Exploratory writing is much easier because it takes a shorter amount of time to complete and also relating myself to a certain reading is something I do not have to look up. The good things about relating yourself to a reading is that you and other classmates can be able to share different experiences together and your work will be completely different and enjoyable to read. Hairston and Lamott used exploratory and explanatory writing in their essays, which showed us readers, the techniques of what great writers use and being able to apply these techniques to our own writings can improve our skills. Back in grade school is where it all started, where I had the knowledge of a basic five-paragraph essay. Many of the essays I was given were timed essays, basically giving you twenty to thirty minutes to really state your point. Unexpected essays were difficult and nerve wrecking at times but most of the time I managed to put myself together and write to the best of my ability with any time limit given. After taking the time to read and analyze Maxine Hairston, “What Happens When People Write?,” and Anne Lamott, “Shitty First Drafts,” I was able to identify some similarities my writing processes to their view point of how good writers write. The difference between any prompt did not change the way I approached my writing. The first thing I, and almost everyone, do is read over the prompt very carefully so I can create a clear understanding of what I am considering to write. Highlighting is one important job to do, which brings out the main ideas to ensure that I incorporate them in my writing. Annotating is another good method for you to be sure to address main points and quotations from a reading. Hairston explains that, “Successful writers make plans before they start to write but they keep...
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