Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What will you do with the knowledge now?

So the button has been pushed and we are awaiting anxiouslyto see what all that hard work has brought us. For some it will be oh thank gosh I got through it. For others it will be I worked hard and it showed. Either way I hope we all come away from this class with more of a respect for our writing. This is going to be a major part of us in the future. Before we had the excuse we did not know. With completing two writing classes we now do know. It is up to us to put that knowledge into action. Outside of Kaplan we may never write another research paper but we will write. No matter if it is a note to a friend, a correspondence to a fellow worker or just a journal entry. We owe ourselves and our instructors a professional well written piece of work. So if for nothing else do it for yourself.

I can not begin to tell you how much I dreaded having to take a writing class. I know I have made myself a better person for it now. I will use writing now in many ways during my days. It may just be to express myself in my journal. I know if anyone reads it in the future they will say "She expressed that well."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The End Is Near

The end is near for the completion of our paper. It is a reliefs but also sadness. I have become attached to my paper. I know submitting it means class is over. I have enjoyed interacting with the class to learn all the different techniques to improve ourselves. My attitude for writing is definitely different then what it was when I started this class. Thank you professor and classmates for helping me become a much better writer. I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment. As I said before I am proud of what I wrote. I also know that I have grown through this process. I think another topic I would like to write on would be leukemia. Several people I know have been diagnoses within the last few months. I think I would like to understand it more and make others aware of it. Well that is all for now. I am going to proof read again. :(

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Putting It All Together

Well it is almost time to submit our master piece. Reviews are back and all we have to do now is organize and put on those finishing touches. I submitted my paper to the writing center and found it to be very helpful. There is a lot of polishing that I have to do now but I figure by this weekend I will framing my paper and putting it on the wall. Not really but it does feel like a masterpiece to me. I put a lot of hours and learned a lot from this paper. Isn't that what learning is all about though. There is even a part of me that would like to enroll in comp.lll. Wow can I really be saying that. I think the change in me came from having professional individuals who care about what they are teaching. It makes sense to me now when I pick up a pencil. I know where to start and how to fill in the blanks. I use to feel, even in my job, that if I had to write something professional would I be taken seriously. Now I know that I can play with the big boys. This is something that I will definitely continue in my career. I know every class has an essay to write and I now say "Bring It On."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Peer Review

Peer should equal friends and anything coming from a friend should be in our best interest. There are times when we think we may not want to listen to what a friend is telling us but remember it is coming to us to help us. This is what will be happening with our drafts this week. Remember we all are here to help each other. We may not agree with some of the reviews written or even use them but one thing that I personally will do is to listen to the advice with an open mind and evaluate it to see if it will add substance to my paper. I am grateful to anyone offering me advice and hope you feel the same about me offering help to you. Good luck with your papers and remember we are all a class and we all make one.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Button Has Been Pushed

Well another paper has been submitted. I just pushed the submit button and there is no turning back now. The draft for my final writing paper is history now. It feels good knowing that I have been working on this for so long and now it will be reviewed. Doing a research paper really becomes a part of you. I am proud of myself. This paper definitely was easier than last term. Perhaps I am getting the hang of it after all. This is a very big accomplishment for me because I never thought I would like writing as much as I do.
Looking forward to submitting the final draft.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Influential Writing
Today I am going to talk about how my topic of mental health concerns after a natural disaster can be influential to future writing. I chose a topic that is close to my heart. I have connections to Hurricane Katrina and saw what the residents have and are still going through. Tonight my Son and I were just talking about how I could use this research for future writing. I think I will keep on eye on how the research will develop on this topic. Since the awareness of mental health issues, after a natural disaster, is relatively new I am sure there will be more research done to follow the studies I found when researching. I am interested that when another natural disaster happens if mental health intervention will be a concern that takes priority.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Me and my writing style!

What writing has a style? A few months ago I would have said my style was to get the paper and hope something comes to mind and write for a few hours. Back them I found it hard to write. Like every thing we have to be taught writing. I now know that I have a style and it seems to be working. I even enjoy writing. First by doing research writing I am learning something new. Not only how to do it but I learn about every topic that I write. That is a plus. I also see writing that I am doing has more meaning. I feel this is because I care more about it. My writing style consist of pulling the research then reading over them to see what I an interested in and how I will present it. I found that I like to make an outline. This not only keeps me focused but lets me know if I need more information. When I start to write one of the many drafts that I do, I do not worry about spelling or punctuation. The important thing is to get the writing out while you have it coming across your mind. There is always time to focus on the corrections once the paper is developed. Once I start it seems I always have the paper on my mind. I mean I just want to sit and continue it. Well that is all for now talking about it has got me in the writing mood. Hope your creative juices are flowing also.