The Importance Of Writing

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My writing career has consisted of write a subpar essay, turn it in, pass the class, repeat. Honestly, I dreaded taking this course, so I pushed it off to my sophomore year. However, my preconceived ideas about my lack of writing abilities were proved untrue. Not until this year, did I actually care about the topics I was writing about. It’s nice to have the opportunity to enjoy the writing process. For both papers, I had to work on organization of my paragraphs; for paper two, I focused on strengthening my argument for the final portfolio.
Revisions for paper one consisted of organizing the paper as a whole and within the paragraphs. Coming into this class, I did not even know where to begin the writing process on my first paper. I worked
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Previously, I was taught to write now and revise later. Essentially, I had word vomit to work with from my first draft. In high school, we were also drilled on closing sentences in paragraphs and papers. While I was revising my first draft, I was focusing on closing sentences (not even giving a second thought to my thesis or opening sentences). The lack of attention to my thesis and topic sentences showed in my graded draft. All of my topic sentences were found at the end of the paragraphs with my thesis as the final sentence. The organization to my paper was consistent, however, backwards. I like to call it "topic sentence dyslexia". When I created closing sentences, I would summarize the whole paragraph-- which is great, but I would forget to summarize my paragraphs in the beginning (aka topic sentences) and my paper in …show more content…
For paper two, I had a hard time coming up with a topic and then arguing persuasively about it. The purpose of the paper was to persuade an American audience about a political issue. I picked to argue that despite core Christian values differing from Donald Trump’s rhetoric, Christian voters are still choosing Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, because Republican values mirror Christian values (this is my revised thesis). In paper two, a lot of reorganization was involved, as well as strengthening my argument. In my graded draft, my first body paragraph was at the end (paragraph dyslexia?), and my paper seemed all over the place because of this. It was truly a mess. My paper was additionally extremely short. It needed another body paragraph, but I could not think of anything. So, I turned it in for the graded draft despite it lack of words. The poor structure and the shortage of sentences were reflected in my grade. My professor gave me suggestions to make the paper better, and I followed them to create revisions for the portfolio. In my graded draft, I did not include the paragraph about supreme court justice appointees. I believe that this new addition, in the portfolio, strengthened my argument substantially (S/O to you Dr. Saxton!). I also added to my body paragraphs by relating them back to my thesis. For instance, in the body paragraph about The Screwtape Letters,

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