I always thought I was a good writer because I was creative with words. Now that I look back on my pieces of writing I realize my words are no more creative than the next average Joe. I just say things as they are and write whatever that pops into my head. I think as long as a little effort is put into the piece of writing it has the potential to be good.
“Good writing” is in the eye of the beholder because it varies from person to person. I think a good writer has to create images in the readers mind as though it is a video clip from a movie. This entails being very descriptive and saying every last little detail. There’s only so much ink and paper in the world so writers must use their imagination to create a world inside of another.
Through the process of writing for this class I have discovered a couple things about my writing process. The first thing I do is type what comes to mind. Typing is easier for me because it goes quick and I can get all my thoughts down on a hard copy. Otherwise, when I write long handed I get very frustrated often because I lose my train of though. After my first rough draft is done I try to read through and revise my word choice. Because we post our writings on a blog for this class it has relieved a lot of pressure for me. Not only do I not have to worry about my paper getting lost but it’s easy to access. The internet is becoming more and more apart of my life.
"Next, comparison was a rhetorical strategy utilized in this cartoon. F1 is being compared to the word help. They mean the same thing but help is a universal word. F1 is computer terminology. They are being compared because they are replacing each other in the human mind. This is only because computers play a huge part in our daily lives." (Rhetorical Analysis Essay)As you can tell from the following quote I am still working on a few things. As if it isn’t obvious my sentences are a little choppy. This is also only one paragraph. It’s too short for my own taste. This paragraph is also a great example for using little to no descriptions. Practice makes perfect so I’ll keep trying.
”It was good to see a different blog and notice how they do things.” (Analysing A Website: makezine) Looking back I now realize I should have worded this sentence differently. When it comes to writing I believe my major weakness is word choice. I think this is so because I never liked to read. Even now days, I hardly read unless it is an assignment for class. Frequent readers must have an amazing vocabulary because they are always surrounded by words. I would think they’re always learning because if they come across a word they’ve never read they go look it up in a dictionary. This is how their vocabulary grows. So my philosophy is the more one reads then the better his/her vocabulary is. Better word choices come from your experiences.
“To me this is an ad that says “Buy these jeans because you’ll look as sexy as I do in them!” As for the effectiveness, I think the as is very effective. I would want to buy their product because if the jeans look good on him then they have to look good on me, right? When it comes to being appropriate I think it depends on where this ad is being shown. If this ad was to show up in Teen Magazine, a magazine geared toward the younger population, of course it is inappropriate. On the other hand I do think it is appropriate if this ad was published in Readers Digest. I say this because this magazine is geared toward the older population.” (Is sex appeal utilized?) As you can tell from this quote, I am good at voicing my opinion. This comes natural to me because I have always written my thoughts down in a diary. It also helps that I’m a girl. Everyone knows that girls like to tell others how they feel!
When it comes to this course as a learning experience I am able to say I have taken away some useful information. Through my writing I can see I have development as a writer during this course. It’s obvious if you compare my first post with my most recent. I am proud to say I am a writer in the making and I can only get better if I practice.