I almost missed a deadline once - then realized that I didn't. One day (on a
Sunday) I got my work in about 30 minutes before the deadline. I was very
tired the next day.
I was very glad that my assignments for this class were on a syllabus list,
and that I could check them off and keep myself organized using that list. At
one point, I was a week ahead on my assignments. Then I started to get
behind, because of extra work and copying of documents for a campus club. I
realized that I had to put myself into a higher gear if I was to finish my
classwork (in all my classes) and immediately went into "emergency
mode", spending almost every minute studying or organizing for every class,
including my 401 writing class. This helped a lot, and now I am back on
track, and can see the goal.
Workshops and Group Membership, including
Being in this writing group helped me a lot.Although not every group member
was always available to help critique, most were there for me and helped me.
They and I exchanged feedback for each other and even got together online to
discuss assignments at the beginning of the semester.
I believe that my feedback was
very helpful, as theirs was to me. My feedback was timely - and honest. I
don't remember being late with feedback, but I do remember being worried
about it once. I took a lot of time with each writer, and read each work very
carefully. I was not able to use Mycomplab.com, because I could not find the
review area, but I did go to the site and register. I sent a copy of my first
drafts to a friend also to get their opinion.
gave anonymous feedback when it was needed, and did extra feedback as well. I
think that my feedback was very thorough. I think that the members of my
class group have a good relationship,and this helped a lot, because we were
able to talk to each other freely.
The only reason I became an English major was because it was easier for me
than other disciplines. It became like a game to see how quickly I could
compose a paper. When I took this class, it became obvious that there was a
lot I didn't know about writing. I didn't know how to properly engage a theme
and keep with it, I didn't know about current writing issues (creative
non-fiction, for one thing), and I didn't place the proper emphasis on
writing. Because of this class, I know thatI must dedicate myself to
improving my writing. The best way to improve my writing is to write! I was
so impressed by the depth of the non-fiction writing in The Fourth Genre, and
someday I hope to be able to write as well. Maybe with practice, I can.
After reading Stephen King's "On Writing" and Anne Lamott's book
"Bird by Bird", I now realize that even the most successful writer
has to start at the absolute beginning. Plus, because these authors do it, I
believe that I can now take my other writing and edit it mercilessly. Someday
I will get that novel written, or some short stories or a poetry collection.
I would like to enlarge my focus and concentrate on keeping my writing
practice up until the someday that I might become famous, and make my teacher
famous. Dr. Judith Szerdahelyi has given her students a dream with this
class, and I intend to follow it. I have made a website page and hope to have
another one someday with my published works on it as an additional link.
I don't know if what I wrote in this class
is the best writing I've done, but in my heart I feel it could be. The
reason is that I tried very hard to improve it, writing and re-writing
each piece many times. Even now, I am not totally satisfied with any
of it, but it's time to move on to other projects. I guess that's how
it is, though, when you are
a writer, as Anne Lamott says in her book, "Bird by Bird".
You finally have to stop and say, "That's it for now." I have
worked very hard in this class, and I believe it was well worth it.
I know that I am going to be a lot more serious about my writing. Already,
my writing group is asking, "Well? Where is your writing? You need
to get going!"
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