Writer’s Memo

Being an English learner writing has always been difficult. Because English is not my first language and it is completely different in words and in structures compared to the language I speak. I often have to worry about using proper grammar and how to be concise. In order to improve myself I would have to look at other people’s work and practice more. Throughout this quarter I have written three essays: Literacy Narrative, Profile, and Public Rhetoric. With this opportunity to practice my writing, I learned how gain ideas through reading and to explore and express them through writing. Reading exposes myself to other people’s writing technique and styles. Then I can transfer these skills into my own writings. One essential aspect I have learned is hierarchy. The higher concerns over sentence format and grammar would be getting out all the ideas I have in mind and putting them in words in a way that the audiences can understand. For example, when I was composing the place description essay I tried to describe everything in details. I began with what you would see as you walk in and brought in more in depth with what are the people doing in that place. My goal was to give the audience a sense of being there with all the description.

An essay that I enjoyed writing was the Public Rhetoric. I appreciated the complete freedom to discuss the topic that I feel passionate about. When I first heard about the assignment I immediately had a topic in mind, affirmative action in college admission. Since affirmative action in college admission is a broad topic, I narrowed it down to mainly on Asian Americans. I chose to deliberate this issue because I had experienced college admission just about a year ago. Even though I did not think that I was a victim of affirmative action, but I witnessed it happened to people around me. This is an argumentative and informative essay, therefore I had to make my writing sound logical. I was introduced to credible online database from the college library. In order to find sources and evidences to support my claims, researching with the database played a big role in the writing process. Fortunately, affirmative action had always been a popular issue, so it was not as hard to find articles that talk about it. One thing I learned from writing this essay is to balance the logical and emotional appeal. To not make my self sound too biased on the argument I made and only based on my feelings, I provided numerical data and cases of how affirmative had affected students as my evidences.

All the aspects of the writing are important when it comes to producing effective writings. These include prewritng, drafting, revision, editing, and proofreading – and their relationship to each other. Before I write about anything, I would sit down and brainstorm the topic that I am going to talk about. One thing I really enjoy is taking notes, which helps me a lot when I try to remember things I wanted to write about. Having many materials when you compose is crucial. Before I started on my Literacy Narrative essay, coming up with an event that is specific to me was extremely difficult to me. It was hard to get out something personal and share with other people. However, I chose to talk about an achievement because it t allowed me to reflect on the event and how it had affected me. Sharing an accomplishment saved me from feeling embarrassed. After I decided on the topic, I then started to create an outline. An outline structures like a wire frame, which gives me a clear representation of my thoughts and how to arrange my paragraphs precisely. There would be at least three main claims and ideas and each one of them would extend to details. The final step of composing a writing is to proofread and revise. My preference is to have a physical copy so I can mark down the mistakes I have made and note everything I do not like. This where revision kicks in. After I read my drafts I would then rewrite and edit them to develop a better piece of work. Revising my writing helps to see what I should improve on and what I could do to express my ideas more effectively. After learning and experiencing all these important writing skills, I hope to see some improvement of my work in the future.