Writing Reflective Report

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Learn, Discover, Think, and Try Here comes the end of this semester, and I really would like to reflect on my journey during the writing class. In the past three months, I feel like I have accomplished a lot not only as a student but also as a writer. From the textbooks, meta texts, assignments, readings, and multimodal texts provided this semester, I had the chance to read and learn a great variety of essay genres. These materials are so useful that helped improve my writing skills a lot. In addition, both in-class and online discussions allowed me to share my perspectives with my classmates about different issues. All those experiences are important to me as I was developing my writing skills during the semester. If I can use four simple …show more content…
A good writer should develop the ability to think independently and deeply about several questions before writing an essay: Why do I choose this topic? What are my audience? What is my purpose? How can I relate this topic to the society? I always thought about the answers to these questions before I started to write. If I am not clear about the answers to these questions, how can my audience understand my essay well? For instance, in WA#6, which I was supposed to free write about anything I concerned, I decided my topic as ‘children’s sexual safety’ after a long-time consideration. I did a lot of research in order to make sure that I understood the topic well, so that I could convey clear ideas to my audience. I think thinking is a very important step in writing, which allows the writers to connect the topic to themselves. In addition, I also thought a lot after I read other writers’ essays. In unit 2, which we had read three writers’ texts about the power of language. In Anzaldua’s How to Tame a Wild Tongue, she is arguing for the ways in which people can be made to feel ashamed of their own tongue; in Jordan’s Nobody Mean More to Me Than You, she analyzes the black language in America and critiques the effects that main language can have on those who speak Black English; in Lu’s From Silence to Words, she narrates how to discern between two languages in …show more content…
A good writer takes action instead of spending time on considering how to start. I found that after I started to write down the words, I could find a clear way to continue. If I always think how to start but never take actions, I will never know what new ideas I will come up with. Trying is the start of everything, and I now can quickly start to write about anything. I think writing is all about trying, and every essay starts with trying. In WA#5, which I was supposed to write a personal essay with any structures, I didn’t know which structure should I choose. I didn’t want to start until I have a clear structure, but I couldn’t think all the time, so I started to write all my evidence and arguments down without a structure. During the process, I found that my tone was a persuasive tone, so I decided my structure as a letter essay. I found trying was very helpful and practical in writing process. Once you have really started writing, the next few steps will become easier. Therefore, this is why I put trying as my last step in my writing process. Based on all the experiences mentioned above, I can say that I have developed a lot as a writer. From the beginning of the semester to the end of it, I grew a lot from a student who had little knowledge in professional writing to a writer who has the ability to compose great essays. There is still more things for me to learn, but I am very proactive to face challenges.

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