This class has made me think more and more about how I interact with the writing process. I have found that I think more critically of each step and come across many of the problems that are mentioned in the book. I have also used some of the techniques in the book to overcome the challanges that I face and to persuvere in my writing. As I begin to complete my genre pieces project, I find myself doubting my wriitng ablities. Now that I am reflecting on this feeling of self doubt I am shocked. I feel very confident writing research papers and other various papers that are required for my masters portfolio. I came to think about it more, and I can not remember the last time that I wrote a piece that was not informative or reflective. In addition, I can not remember the last time that I have written a piece that was not about education in some way.
After I came to this realization, I realized that I was just out of touch with other genres. I also realized that I need to practice my skills writing about topics other than education. I used this opportunity to read widely, in regards to different genres, different topics, and pieces regarding my topic: thousand island park. Once I because a more diverse reader, I began to feel better about the writing process and started to generate ideas. The activity we did in class with the index cards, helped me decide what I wanted each of my pieces to focus on. After I found my focus I started to write. This is where I encountered another problem. When I faced this problem, I turned to both my writing partners and my teacher for advice. I felt that my piece would be confusing and incomprehensible to others beside me. My wonderful teacher reminded me of the crucial step of identifying your audience. At this point, I stopped my writing and took a step back. I identified the different purposes and audience for each piece. After this step, I decided that my inital piece was not going to serve my topic well, and put it aside. I started again and this time, with a much more complete idea of how I wanted my first piece to be. I have now realized the importance of brainstoroming and pre-writing in the writing process. I will remember these skills as I continue to work on my assignment.
Now that I have worked out the kinks of my starting phases, I predict that I will be much more successful. I will remember as I continue to draft my first piece that I will need to edit and revise my piece. I will utilize my writing partners to help me with grammatical errors, as well as for ideas to improve my piece and send my message more effectively. I will remember that the writing process is flexible and to use it as a guide. I will also use the reading from the class as a resource and will apply what I have learned about teaching writing to my own writing process.