Portrait of a Writer
Before taking [ENC1101], I had never considered looking at myself as a writer or comparing my writing style and habits to those of other writers, both good and bad. Looking at myself as a writer and the processes I go through when writing might help me identify my weaknesses and adopt new habits more conducive to good writing. Not only has this class changed what I define to be a good writer, but this past unit has also taught me many new writing strategies that could help me become that good writer.
Prior to taking this class, my definition of a good writer was rather basic. I considered a good writer to be anyone who could effectively convey a message to a reader. Since going through the first two units, I have learned that good writing is quite a bit more complicated. Author Keith Grant-Davie discussed how important to good writing it was to analyze your subject matter to understand who all of your possible audiences are and who you may be representing when writing your material, and to address all parties appropriately. If an author can do this effectively, I believe that it is a crucial part of becoming a good writer.
Unit one also taught me to reevaluate how important certain priorities when it came to writing. I learned from the other unit one authors, Joseph M. Williams and James E. Porter, that when an essay is read by someone who is looking for grammatical error or plagiarism instead of content, they will often find the error and ignore the content. Although I do still know the importance of grammar and originality, this class and the grading style has let me put those constructs in the back seat until the editing process, instead of making them something I had to constantly worry about. I don’t believe that good writing revolves around grammar, but rather how well your words can convey a message to the intended audiences. Because of the traditional dynamic of the grade school grading system when it comes to writing, I...