Coming into this class my writing process was somewhat mediocre. In high school I did not do a lot of writing assignments and when I did they were never lengthy or graded harshly. Therefore, I did the bare minimum and was still able to receive A’s and B’s. When planning papers I would read the assignment, do some research and then write a rough draft. After finishing the rough draft I would have a fellow peer read my paper and give me advice on how to revise. After the first week in this class I quickly realized that I was going to have to make some adjustments.
My writing process now is pretty different. Now, after receiving a writing assignment, I dedicate more time to the planning process. I read the assignment, do research, and plan out my rough draft. I plan out my rough draft by completing an outline or simply writing out what information I have found on a scratch piece of paper and then type it up. After completing my rough draft I still have my fellow peers read it and give me comments on what I should change or elaborate on. I then make the suggested changes and reread my paper at least twice before submitting the final copy.
When I write papers in the future I want to sound as informed as I possibly can as well as picking a specific audience to write towards. I will probably go through the same process of writing that I mentioned in the last question, but will also try to receive more help from the writing center because they are an extremely great resource that I should begin taking advantage of.
My current plan for writing the research paper is to begin as soon as possible. I think it is a good idea to write over time instead of all at once, but for this paper I want, because of its importance, to get my ideas down on paper and then revise over and over again until the due date. As I begin to write my research paper I will probably discover that I am lacking information and therefore will research whatever I need to, to fill the gap. I also will pay a visit to the writing center to receive help when I begin to struggle. The thing I think I will struggle the most with is the word count. I tend to make things short and sweet when I write so getting to 2300 words is going to be difficult for me.