This semester in this class, I have learned that I most definitely like the personal narrative writing style the best. I learned that between this class and my Intro to Creative Writing class because between these two classes, I have written every type of writing that there possibly is. I wrote everything from an informational essay to an analytical essay, a monologue, and fiction pieces this semester. I can find my “writer’s voice” most easily when I am writing a personal narrative.
They’re more fun for me, and I can get into them more and give great detail so that the reader can understand what I’m trying to say. I think that the reason for all the different types of things that we did in class, such as the readings, discussions, and writing exercises, was to benefit our writing and expand our minds. We wrote about a lot of things that you don’t usually think of to write about. Such as writing about how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is not your standard writing assignment.
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I do see a difference in my writing from the beginning of the semester. Finding my “voice” has helped me become more confident as a writer and has made me not as shy about sharing my work. I even entered a piece into The Angle this semester, and I would have never thought about it previously. The groups that we had for the semester helped me because I became comfortable with those people, and I could go to them with questions and not feel stupid. I was able to share with them my writing quickly and let them read it or have me read it aloud.
When we had to start sharing with new people, the feeling of insecurity started to come back to me. I’m always afraid that people will laugh at my writing and think that I am not a good writer. My favorite reading of the whole semester was the Diana Hume-George piece (On Seat Belts, Cocaine Addiction, and the Theory of Germ Disease). I thought that was the best piece to read, and I believe that was one of the pieces that we started with. I like the little exercises that we did in class – where you would have us write for about 15/20 minutes about some random thing.
The one that sticks out in my mind right now is where we had to take the point of view of either the cat or the dog. I think that those kinds of exercises get the creative juices flowing. Then afterwards, I liked listening to other people’s writings because sometimes it gave me a good idea of what I needed to expand more on or what I had not even begun to touch in my piece. I was able to think outside of the box in this class.
My favorite essay that we had to write this semester was a tough one to choose. I liked our patchwork quilt essay, and I also really liked the Advertisement Analysis essay. Even though I usually dread doing analysis essays, I liked this one because it dealt with my major and what I hope to go into for a career someday. I want to say that I could not find any consumer reports for the product that I chose. So I spent most of the day looking. But I still thought it was a great way to get into something that you usually don’t think about as writing material.
My most minor favorite assignment this semester was the comparing and contrasting of two stories. I usually don’t have a problem with doing this type of essay, but for some reason, it was causing me problems this time, and I could not get what I wanted to say out in the words that I needed to say in. Overall, even though it was a very tough semester for me, I enjoyed this class a lot, and I feel as if I have learned a lot of great things that will help me with my writing in the future.