Reflective Essay: Defining Myself As A Writer

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Defining my own writing is truly difficult. While reflecting on the pieces I wrote this past semester, it is interesting to hear the different voice and dynamic I have formed. My philosophy with writing is to let it flow, condense, edit, and perfect. When I read, I prefer raw, real, material so it has been difficult for me to adjust to writing in a different style this year. Through analyzing and reflecting on my three essays I have completed this semester, I have come to a few conclusions about my writing and myself as a writer.
My first essay this semester had to do with a topic near and dear to my heart; moving back to my hometown. As I read through this essay again, I cringe. There are so many things I would change that would have been
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It was like pulling teeth. There was not much meat to my topic. I felt as if my whole essay I was just arguing with Jeremiah Ukena in my mind about how the pool I lifeguard at is better than his. The best part of that essay was the first sentence with the Wendy Peffercorn reference. It all went downhill from there. Rule of thumb: do not write an entire essay over a dumb topic just because you have an idea for an awesome introduction sentence.
Survival swim lessons is a topic I am very passionate about so I had no trouble coming up with things I felt were needed to be said. I felt as if I really used statistics and quotes to my advantage. I had a very hard time writing for the counter argument and now that I look back, I would probably include a quote from a fearful mother or something of the sort. One of my goals this semester was to include transitional paragraphs. Although I am not positive I did this correctly, I feel as in my argumentative essay reflects the work I put in to master transitions.
All in all, I am proud of all of my pieces of work this semester. I feel as if I have grown and matured as a writer. This semester was much more challenging than I figured it would be. I was stretched and challenged as a writer and student. I adjusted my style more dramatically than I thought I ever could and the change is definitely noticeable. I am looking forward to all I learn next

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