Today is the day. This is my last post for my English class. To be honest I’m kind of sad about it, I really enjoy blogging and writing about what I learn. For this last entry I’m supposed to reflect on what I’ve learned about writing and my own writing process, so that’s what I’ll be doing.
I’ve learned so much these past eleven weeks it’s kind of hard to distinguish things. I remember when I first started this class I was completely overwhelmed with the magnitude of the assignments and types of writing we’d be doing. I had never done anything like this class before, there were so many things I didn’t know about. I want to let you in on a little secret, I don’t know if it will surprise you or not. I’m only thirteen years old. There were a lot of things that I needed to learn.
The first term that we learned about in class was rhetoric. I had heard of that word before but I always thought that it had something to do with public speaking in ancient times. After reading about it in our textbook I found that it is basically the building block of all writing and speaking, all of us use rhetoric without knowing it. Rhetoric taught me that all types of writing have things in common. Usually anything that you write has a purpose; to inform, persuade, explain, etc. Realizing that if you identify your writing’s exact purpose made it a lot easier for me to compose my papers, because it gave me good insight. At the same time, though, I found that the same piece of writing can have many different purposes, so you really have to decide what purpose is best for your intended audience.
Throughout this class I have discovered that my favorite type of writing is reflective or informative writing. I think that this is mainly because they can be a little more personal, and I find personal writing much easier than the other genres. For instance my favorite assignment in this class was the literacy memoir that we had to write in the second week. I love how writing reflectively allows you to learn so much about whatever it is you’re reflecting on just by basically thinking about it.
There were assignments that I didn’t enjoy so much. One example would be my persuasive essay. I found it incredibly difficult to find a topic that I wanted to argue. Every time I tried to write I leaned more towards an informative writing style, which was not the goal of the assignment. I tried my best to be persuasive and argumentative but still found it difficult, so that is an area that I would like to work on.
As I look back on my writing timeline during the course of this semester I have found that I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to organize anything before I write. I rather just dive in and start writing than map out exactly what I’m going to do. I think that’s what attracts me to writing in this blog. I don’t think about anything, i just write and let what happens happen. But that doesn’t really work too well in academic writing, and I have struggled with organization in my writing. That’s another area that I would like to work on, because both approaches are important to master.
It seems like this semester has gone by really fast, but at the same time too slow because I can’t wait for it to be over. That sounds bad, but I desperately want a break from homework. I am thankful that I took this class, and to my Professor, Professor Henzel for being such an excellent teacher. She has taught me so much about writing these past couple months I can’t thank her enough. I would like to think that I’ve grown as a writer during this class, but I’m not really sure if I have or not. It’s definitely been an enjoyable experience, stressful but enjoyable nonetheless. We have finals week coming up and I’m excited. I’m going to miss writing to you every week, it has truly become one of my favorite things to do. I think that I might even start a personal blog when I’m done with school this year. I’ll have to see.
I hope you have all enjoyed reading my reflections, and that they didn’t annoy all of you awesome writers too much. I guess this is goodbye….