Monday, October 4, 2010

An Essay About My Writing Process

This is an essay i wrote for my english class:

Throughout the English and Language arts classes I’ve taken in the past, I was always required to write. I’ve written many different types of pieces such as persuasive essays, anecdotes and allegories, narratives, comparisons, poems, articles, and many other different types. I wouldn’t say that I prefer any one type of writing, but I do occasionally enjoy writing. In high school I took classes like newspaper and creative writing, and that’s exactly what I like to do with my writing; being creative.

When I go to the library and pick up something to read, it’s usually going to be fiction, I like a good story. I’ve liked fantasy and sci-fi books ever since I was a kid, and also as a kid I liked reading comic books and manga and I still do. Recently I’ve been reading more and more non-fiction though. I read magazines, and information books like The Guinness Book of World Records, and others. I also read a lot of non-fiction on the internet, like the news, Wikipedia articles, and articles on

If I had to pick a time in which I like writing most, I would probably pick the evening, it is usually when my mind is most active and I can spout out my ideas quite easily, and put them down on paper. When I write an essay I don’t spend that much time on it, but I don’t just sloppily throw it together. I don’t usually write four or five rough drafts, but I do check it over a few times, and make sure I get someone else’s opinion on it before I turn it in.

I do read all the time though, it may not be an actual book, but I do read things all the time. I enjoy reading things, especially if I’m learning new things in the process. An example of this is It may be a humor site, but it is also very informative. I’ve been reading for longer than I can remember, and I learned at an early age that reading is significant.

When I write I usually don’t proofread for errors as I’m writing, I find that it disrupts my thought process, I would rather get my thoughts down on paper (or on screen) than stop to fix things along the way. When my thoughts are all down, that’s when I usually make my corrections and edits. I don’t usually do much, if any pre-writing. I would rather just start writing, and after my thoughts are down; then I make my edits, deletions, and additions.

I don’t know what I will gain, as in knowledge, and I don’t know what I want to gain. I do, however, know that after this class I want to be a better writer, and I want to apply this in other classes, and into the other aspects of my life.