Category Archives: Writing (not Paper 1)

VPirani_Reflection on my Writing

Throughout the year, my literary analysis has matured. I’ve understood the main ideas and noticed small key factors to pointing out key elements that are the causation factors for the rising action, climax, and falling action.

In the first few blog posts, I submitted this year, I continuously failed to connect the title to the actual contents of the literary summary I would ramble on and on without getting straight to the point, misleading the reader. Now, in my blog posts, I tend to struggle with properly writing the titles (if they should be in italic or between ” “). I still do have a bit of trouble with making my sentences too wordy or confusing, but it has definitely improved.

I feel as though I have gained much knowledge on literary analysis, although I still have much more to learn in proper punctuation, targeted analysis and interpretation of the literary piece. There is also the contextualization and how the reader could understand the authors writing.

Overall, I feel quite confident in my capability to improve. My attention and focus have definitely increased, it is not where I’d like it to be, but it most definitely will be for next year.

WDolan_Reflection on My Writing

My writing has changed since September as I have learned to be more specific when explaining the points I have brought up in the assessments. I think I have strived to be become a better English writer because I became extremely annoyed by the first two weeks of the teacher constantly telling me I was not being specific enough. I have also been able to present my ideas in logical order and build the intensity better than the beginning of the year.

 

To improve the quality of my writing, I need to think more critically to gain a 360 degree perspective of all aspect of the stories or texts I am reading. I need to increase my vocabulary and not let my bias interfere with the facts or approach of a story. I find that making shorter and simpler sentences is easier, meaning I no longer feel the need to use sophisticated words to make my assignments “sound better”. 

Reflection on Writing 2020-2021

In comparison to September, I believe that my writing has improved. Generally speaking, I think that my ideas and insights have remained fairly consistent. However, the structure of my writing is now better suited to amplify those ideas. This year, we primarily focused on literary analysis. Though we did this in previous years as well, it was never as much of a focal point in our courses. Therefore, to keep up with this analytical content, I had to adapt my writing. In my first few blog posts of the year, I tended to use several short paragraphs, which I now consider to be incomplete and underdeveloped. Often, these paragraphs did not contain assertions, nor the required substance to support any claims. Though these paragraphs weren’t necessarily bad, their style was incompatible with their content. They would be much better suited for contexts like newspaper articles or novels, as I generally wrote them for a wow effect rather than for analytical purposes. Throughout the year, I believe I improved on these grounds. I began writing with the goal of being clear, concise, and analytical. I prioritized the structure of my writing, ensuring that I always used assertions, and consistently supported them with relevant information and quotations. Following this structure has truly helped me write in a manner that compliments my literary analyses, which has benefitted my analytical thinking, as well.

Going forward, I’m hoping to work on my unclear and awkward expressions. This is a challenging error to correct, as there is no simple solution for it. Often, I tend to cram several ideas into one sentence, and I believe this is a primary cause for my awkward writing. In the future, I am going to proofread specifically for this error, in hopes to recognize and correct it. Regardless, I am aware that this will take time and patience, since it can be difficult for me to see these errors in my own writing. One of the best things I believe I can do is continuously exposing myself to good writing. Whether that is through novels, scholarly essays, class handouts or even through my classmates’ blog posts, this is an excellent way to learn. For me, reading is the most enjoyable and rewarding way to absorb good writing techniques and ideas. Therefore, I am looking forward to doing so this summer.

Overall, I believe that my writing has improved, and I am incredibly eager to keep progressing. I strongly believe that everyone’s writing skills have room for improvement, as writing is ever-changing and nonlinear. As we reach new experiences in our lives, we gain more knowledge, perspective, and insight. Though this means that improvements may happen slowly, it also means that they will be inevitable if you keep pursuing growth. Moving forward, I hope to continuously apply what I learn to my writing, in order to improve its quality.

Reflection on my writing 2020-2021

My writing has not drastically changed compared to the beginning of the year. My thoughts and beliefs align in many of my posts. One of the most prominent aspects I stand for in all my posts is women’s empowerment. I need to work on translating my thoughts into clear phrases and expand more on them.

At the beginning of the year, I focused on the plots of books and wrote my blogposts about the environment and situations the characters were in. Whereas recently, I started focussing more on the characters and how they feel, why they are the way they are. The way there are moulded into society, Etc.

I like most of my blog posts. Even though they might be unclear or lacking in some aspects, they helped me improve my writing throughout the year. To further develop my writing, I plan on reading and throughout the summer.

Reflection on my writing 2020-21

Compared to the start of September, my writing improved slightly. I feel that I am able to use the language better. It has been hard for me to convert thoughts into words. But now, I write less awkwardly.

As a result, the organization of my paragraphs are clearer. I used to just follow a strand of my logic and write freely. I never considered how structurally clear it is for the people reading it because my writing would (of course) make sense to me. Now I take the habit of creating a small outline before I start.

I still think I have a long way to go in terms of “translating” my thoughts into words. Oftentimes I write awkwardly because I can’t convey my thoughts directly. When I read my old posts, they are unfamiliar as if like I never wrote them. There’s no other way to improve my writing other than to read more and write more. I will write casually as a habit from now on.