Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sorry guys random ranting

Okay, so I went to the community center in Caroline to help out my a friend of my friend's mom (Renee). She was giong in front of the county's board of supervisors so they would let her put an addition onto her kennel. (The county requires anyone who wants to build to advertise their intentions in the paper, then they have to go in front of the board if there are any protests.) Well, we sat there listening to people bitch about why she shouldn't be allowed to build onto her kennel. There were at least ten people who said something about it. The annoying part is they all said the same thing and half of what they said didn't make sense. For example, they were worried about the noise from the dogs. Well, Renee was planning on building a concrete building so that there wouldn't be as much noise. The people would have realized this, except for one thing- the board didn't let anyone from Renee's side speak. The chairman stopped the people who were protesting and asked if there was anyone there who was there on Renee's behalf. Well, about six or seven people raised their hands. We thought he was going to let us speak because he was talking about "equality". Well, instead of letting us speak, he asked the other board members their decision on her case. In other words, all they did was listen to the other side complain and didn't even bother to hear from the people who supported Renee. That seriously pissed me off. We weren't there to just sit and look pretty. We were there because we had an opinon too and we didn't get to voice it at all. I've decided Caroline County really is as ignorant as I thought.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Style: Chapter 2 Correctness

This chapter of style focuses on the idea that although it is important to follow grammatical rules when writing, it does not mean you have to follow all of the rules all of the time. In fact, as Williams states, some rules are nothing more than folklore. For example, in school we are taught never to begin a sentence with the word "because". However, in many instances, using "because" to start a sentence is completely acceptable. As Williams points out, it is most likely that this "rule" has its roots in the idea of not writing fragmented sentences, which is easy to do when one begins a sentence with because.
This chapter also focuses on the difference between being correct and being obsessive. If you are overly obsessed with every point of grammar in your writing, it makes the writing less efficient. Long drawn out, yet grammatically correct, sentences are less appealing to a reader. It is better to keep your sentences short and to the point in order to maintain your audience's interest.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

More Poetry

Like Summer Rain
I try so hard
To shield my pride
Deny these feelings
I keep hidden inside
When you’re not around
Though in the comfort of night
Locked deep in a place
Only I can find
My tears fall soft like summer rain
Though through the mist
I see your face
Like the sun peeling away the grey
Nourishing my heart-
A flower leaning into the rays-
The ultimate warmth your smile brings forth
Though still I cry
For my pride and can’t tell you what I feel
No matter how much I want to, still, I hide
Maybe one day by Her grace
I will be able to flee this place
The sun will shine in my dismal mind
And I’ll finally find the strength
To let you see what you mean to me
How your sweet smile helps ease my pain
Until that day, when these skies aren’t grey
My tears will fall
Like summer rain.











My Secret Serenity
You are my secret serenity
The warmth I keep inside of me
Meant for no one else to see
A desire I must forever keep
Securely locked away
Until the day I somehow
Find the courage that remains
Hidden in a special place
Deep within my heart
And in those corners of my mind
Only I myself can find.
Whether or not I ever let you know
What your smile does to me
And if I ever let you see
This love that in my heart continuously grows
I will for all eternity know
You will always and forever be
My secret serenity.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

More Philosophy

Compatibilism is important to personal identity in that neither free will nor determinism alone can fully explain personal identity in terms of how people make decisions. Compatibilism is important because it is a mixture of the two extremes. Compatibilists feel that people do not necessarily have complete control over their actions, and that choice does play a part in how people make decisions. In essence, from a compatibist’s perspective, “a person can be free and determined because what he does can be caused by something that goes on inside him even though he is not forced by some circumstance outside him to act as he does, then he acts freely” (Williams, 32). Rather than theorize that free will is based on the notion that people are able to make decisions about everything, and nothing is predetermined, (or that there is in fact no free will, and therefore everything is determined), compatibilism focuses on the fact that people make choices inside of subsets of their lives which are predetermined.
An example of this would be if a person decides to write a novel. Something internal could make him want to write the novel (in other words he would be predetermined to want to do this); however, nobody (or nothing), is in fact forcing him to write the novel. Therefore, he is writing the novel by his own free will, meaning the fact that he writes the novel is not predetermined. Yet another example that supports the compatibilitst view would be the book itself. In this case, the author determines from what point of view the story is told . However, the reader has the free will to be able to use their imagination. For instance, the author is not able to give every single detail in the story, such as the setting, how the characters look, move, etcetera, therefore, the reader is able to use his imagination to fill in these gaps. Further, the reader has the free will to decide when and if he will read the book. He is able to choose when he wishes to begin reading, as well as when he wishes to stop. However, it can be argued that it is determined that the reader will have an interest in reading the book in the first place.
Another argument for compatibilism can be seen in the terms of United States citizens and the government. While it can be argued that the United States having a democracy is determined, and from this it is determined that the government will have control over the people, it is by the people’s own free will that they choose to follow the government’s regulations. A single person, or even a group of people, can easily decide not to follow a given law for any reason. The people also express free will in that they have the ability to change the government. For example, the people choose to elect a president every four years. It is through free will that the people cast their votes. The people are not forced to vote, however, who the president will be is determined by how the people vote.

Addition to a Philosophy Paper

Descartes provides support for the subject’s view that one is able to differentiate the world of dreams from a wakeful state. Descartes argues in his Meditations that mathematics survives the dream argument. He suggests that no matter what numerical values are always the same. He feels that the truth which is found in mathematics remains stable no matter what a person’s state of mind, whether they are conscious or unconscious.
For example, Descartes argues that “…whether I am awake or dreaming, it remains true that two and three make five, and that a square has but four sides; nor does it seem possible that truths so apparent can ever fall under a suspicion of falsity (or incertitude)” (Popkin, 131).
Descartes also validates the subject’s view in terms of his belief in God. “Like I said, a person’s connection to God will determine how they live and how they view things. Reality can have a different perspective depending on somebody’s religious affiliation and whether or not they are devout believers of their faith” (Question 10).

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Thoughts

This misbegotten razorblade youth…raised up from the ashes of all that is considered immoral by those who don’t know what it is to be offended…defended by no one but the darkest part of humanity’s inner city scum. A fleeting moment of understanding…but it’s gone…picked up by the wind and drown in the sea…a body of water created by the tears of a nation…a nation which weeps relentlessly through the cinematic scandals of our time. One nation…under tension…indivisible…with fire arms and forgotten freedom…for all who once stood for something…but what is there to stand for…when you can’t stand anything?

Yeah, I know that probably doesn't make sense to a lot of people, but basically what I'm talking about here is this generation. It just seems as though we're being slowly losing everything we once thought of as being American. It seems as though what's going on in Hollywood is more important than what's going on in the lives of everyday people. It also seems that there is more hatred and loathing within our communities than ever. On top of it, all of the freedoms America once stood for are slowly disappearing. What's worse is it seems as though we're just sitting back and letting it all happen. I hear people every day say how disgusting their becoming with some of the things in this country, but at the same time, nobody seems to want to do anything about it. Now I'm just left wondering where that will leave us as adults, as well as our children.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Poem...

Your words play across my ears
And speak directly to my heart
For so long I've been afraid
Until your voice banished my fears
How I wish I could see into your soul
Feel what you're feeling
Know this all has meaning
And never let you go.
But I can't and for this reasonI just know
There's no way for me to say
How you make me feel
When I'm in your arms
Or how all you have to do
Is look at me and I know
These feelings I have are real
And through all of this I hope
What's written on my soul
Shines through when I look back
And smile at you.

Monday, February 20, 2006

More in-depth writing on my controversy for English 300

This semester I want to research the controversy of the Catholic Church and gay marriage. The reason I want to research this topic is because I am both a Catholic and I support gay rights. This idea in itself is a contradiction because the Catholic Church strongly opposes gays. However, I am torn between my belief that everyone has the right to be happy, and the beliefs of my religion.
Another reason I am interested in this topic is because I am not sure how to feel about this controversy due to the basic principles of Christianity. Christians are supposed to “love their neighbors”, and by this I would assume that would have to include their homosexual neighbors. I also don’t know whether or not the Catholic church should be able to have any say whether or not gays should marry due to the controversy of the priests who have molested altar boys. To me, that would be hypocritical because not only are they breaking the law by having sexual relations with minors, but they also secretly participating in a community which they swear is against God.
Yet, at the same time, I do realize that not all of the priests in the church are guilty of this. There are only a select few out of all of the priests that have done this. Therefore, the ones who have stayed true to their beliefs have the right to want to uphold their historic traditions. Apparently, according to the bible, marriage is a sacrament which is only intended for a man and a woman.
To counter this, however, there is the fact that the English version of the Bible is not the original text. It has been translated, and therefore could have been translated wrong, either purposefully or accidentally. It is not possible to make direct translations between any languages due to the vast differences in grammatical structures.
Another argument against gay marriage that I have considered is where children are involved. If a gay couple adopts a child, because of the world we live in, it is likely the child will be harassed by its peers for having two mommies or two daddies. It is also possible that these children will suffer taunts from people who are supposed to be adults. That is simply not an environment a child should be raised in.
A more ethical issue behind this is that lesbian couples will use artificial insemination to have a child. This is not what this method of impregnation was intended for. Artificial insemination was intended for heterosexual couples who wanted children, but were physically incapable of having any. This way, although the child was not conceived in the “traditional” manner, it would still have a normal life in terms of having a parent of each sex.
However, there is the argument that perhaps is isn’t normal that lesbians should not be able to have children in this way, but that people should be more willing to open their minds to same sex couples having children in the first place. For decades, people fought against blacks and women having rights because it “wasn’t natural”.
My question then is what makes this so different? If people went through the same ordeal with similar mind frames and ultimately let go of their inhibitions, then why not now? What exactly makes this so different from past issues?

Sunday, February 19, 2006

The controversy I would like to explore this semester is gay marriage and the Catholic church.
The reason I am interested in this topic is because I support gay rights, however, I also Catholic.
Although I am for gay rights, my religion is against it. The Catholic church feels that marriage is
something that is only meant for a man and a woman. They do not believe that two men or two
women should be able to be considered a couple in the eyes of God.
I feel that all people have the right to be happy and that people should be able to
marry whomever they choose, however, I also feel strongly in the traditions of the church
in which I was raised. I have an understanding for both sides, but I would like to explore
both sides of the argument more in depth.
People of the Catholic faith are supposed to believe in whatever the church says. However, in regards to this issue I am torn. I do not believe that it is fair to deny people the right to marry even if they are homosexual. If two people truly love each other it shouldn't matter if they are heterosexual or homosexual.
At the same time, I feel that it is of extreme importance to follow your religion. The church is supposed to be there as a guide. They are supposed to influence you to make righteous and moral decisions. My issue is whether or not I want to follow my logic or my religion on this matter.
Philosophy Revision

By using the internet, people are able to completely change who they are. They
can also to alter how much they alter their actual identities. Turkle also goes deeper into
this by suggesting that some people may eventually feel that the world of the internet is in
actuality no more or less real to them than the physical world. Some people even form
relationships on the internet that they feel are just as real as the relationships which they
form at work, at school, or through any other social setting.
Through her writing, Turkle ultimately suggests that people are able to exist
within the cyber world and that they can make themselves whatever they want to be.
Given this, it can be determined that her view holds to the idea that the body is just a
physical “container” for the spirit. It is not as important as the spirit in identifying a
person. People are able to go onto the internet and totally recreate themselves, thereby
they are not simply bound to a physical body.
Through the use of the internet, people can, as in the previous example,
completely change who they are. They have the ability to be as close to, or as far from,
their “actual” selves as they choose. Turkle also delves deeper into this by suggesting that
some people eventually feel that the world of the internet is more real to them than the
physical world around them. Some people form relationships on the internet which they
feel are just as valid as they would be if they were physical.
Turkle ultimately feels that people can exist in a cyber world and make
themselves what they want to be. Given this, it can be determined that Turkle’s view
holds to the idea that the body is more of a physical compartment for the spirit, rather
than a way by which to identify a person. People have the ability to venture into these
situations and completely recreate themselves, thus, they are not, confined to a physical
body.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I really can't think of anything to write about, so I'm going to post one of my poems that I've been working on for a while. I don't think it's anywhere near where I want it to be, but then again nothing is ever truly finished.

Each night I watch the setting sun
Colors mirror my emotions
A perfect mix of orange, pink, red and blue
Describes each moment I'm without you

Where one color ends
Another begins
The end of the begining of the end-
less nights I lay awake

Wondering if I can ever
Set things straight
But it's been so long
Since I was enchanted by your golden smile

How could I have let you go
Disappear like the sun
In an ever fading dusk
I know I made my choices

So live with them
I must, find a way
Through this storm
Before the rain destroys

What there is left to enjoy
Since my eternal night has begun.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

It is obvious that you can teach someone how to write. Teaching a person takes time and energy on your part, but if you are willing to put enough time into helping the person, you can surely teach them. People are not born knowing how to write even the most basic letters. They require help in learning to do even this much.
Further, if you can teach someone how to put together lines and form letters, you can teach them to write words. From there, it is up to you to help them learn to craft a sentence. Left to their own devices, somebody who is just learning to write may never achieve any type of status in the writing world. However, if they receive the help which they desperately need, it is possible for you as a teacher to influence their writing style and technique.
Depending on from whom they are learning the art of writing, a person can either flounder as a writer, or have great success. Mediocre writers are many time taught by people who only do mediocre writing themselves. The process starts at a young age. If the person who is teacher them does not have good writing skills, it is likely that the person they are attempting to teach will not have good writing skills. Likewise, if the teacher does have good writing skills but does not care to take the time to make sure that the person whom they are teaching learns how to write well, then ultimately the person’s writing will still suffer.
There is no specific method to teach somebody how to write. All that is really required is that the teacher has good writing skills, and more importantly, that he or she is willing to spend time truly teaching the person. If a teacher does not teach, no matter what the subject, then the student will not learn.
It is obvious that you can teach someone how to write. Teaching a person takes time and energy on your part, but if you are willing to put enough time into helping the person, you can surely teach them. People are not born knowing how to write even the most basic letters. They require help in learning to do even this much.
Further, if you can teach someone how to put together lines and form letters, you can teach them to write words. From there, it is up to you to help them learn to craft a sentence. Left to their own devices, somebody who is just learning to write may never achieve any type of status in the writing world. However, if they receive the help which they desperately need, it is possible for you as a teacher to influence their writing style and technique.
Depending on from whom they are learning the art of writing, a person can either flounder as a writer, or have great success. Mediocre writers are many time taught by people who only do mediocre writing themselves. The process starts at a young age. If the person who is teacher them does not have good writing skills, it is likely that the person they are attempting to teach will not have good writing skills. Likewise, if the teacher does have good writing skills but does not care to take the time to make sure that the person whom they are teaching learns how to write well, then ultimately the person’s writing will still suffer.
There is no specific method to teach somebody how to write. All that is really required is that the teacher has good writing skills, and more importantly, that he or she is willing to spend time truly teaching the person. If a teacher does not teach, no matter what the subject, then the student will not learn.

Monday, February 13, 2006

When writing a persuasive argument, my primary strategy is to appeal to the
reader’s emotions. I find that appealing to somebody on an emotional level is the best way to get a reaction. By appealing to a person’s emotions, a writer is able to penetrate the core of a person’s being. To develop an argument, for instance, by simply appealing to logic or reason can not even be deemed close to a surefire method of getting a reader to sway to the writer’s view of the argument. Facts and reasons can be argued against and rationalized out. However, people find it much harder to argue against and rationalize their emotions.
A supplementary technique I like to use in writing a persuasive argument is to appeal to the reader’s values. As with emotion, if a writer appeals to a reader’s values, he is more likely to pay closer attention to the argument. By persuading the reader that to agree with whatever the writer is arguing against would infringe upon their personal beliefs, it is more likely that the reader will be willing to follow and agree with what the writer is saying. It is in a person’s nature to become defensive when something they believe in is attacked. Therefore, either by the writer attacking a reader’s beliefs, or by insisting that whatever he is arguing against in the text would go against those beliefs, the writer has a better chance at successful persuasion.
While these methods are effective when used separately, I find it even more useful to use these persuasion tactics together. It is natural that attacking a reader’s beliefs will subsequently cause an emotional reaction. If a writer plays into these emotions, which are elicited from such an attack, it is easier to persuade the reader that what they are saying is correct.
For example, if a writer is trying to persuade the reader that driving above the speed limit is dangerous, it is effective to appeal to the idea that by speeding one is breaking the law. The writer may then imply that by breaking the law, the person who is speeding can be characterized as a bad person for going against what they know to be right. This appeals to a person’s sense of value and morals. However, to add a greater effect, and in turn attempt to be more persuasive, the writer can then appeal to the reader’s emotions by reminding them that many fatal automobile accidents are caused by reckless driving behavior such as speeding. Thus by appealing to both the readers values and emotions, the writer is in effect posing a more persuasive argument which would be difficult to rationalize away.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

In the anthropology, qualitative research methods allow anthropologists to have a closer and more subjective view into the lives of people in a foreign culture. By submerging themselves in the culture and studying, and participating in, the social norms and practices of that culture, the anthropologists can develop a more in depth and accurate portrayal of the community. For example, in her examination of prostitution, Sterk makes numerous references to the importance of being accepted by the active “members” of the prostitution community in order to gain trust and form bonds with the people about whom she intended to learn.
Sterk noted that she had “given countless rides, provided child care on numerous occasions, bought groceries, and listened for hours to stories that were unrelated to my initial research questions” (Sterk, 2000). At although these acts seemed unrelated to her initial purpose for becoming involved with these women, Sterk understood that only by first creating bonds with people would she be able to access the information she was looking for.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Review: "The Negotiator"- Dee Henderson

"The Negotiator", written by Dee Henderson, is a compelling novel. Henderson intertwines captivating characters with an intense plotline. This suspense/romance novel combines pulse-pounding action, puzzling connections, and a what sems to be an underlying developing romance between Dave Richman, an FBI special agent, and Kate O'Malley, a top hostage negotiator. Through the twists and turns of this book, Henderson enchants the reader with a mixture of romance and suspense, while endorsing the idea behind the true values of family and friendship.

I would recommend "The Negotiator" to anyone who loves trying to piece together
puzzles. (Henderson has masterfully written what I would call a "literary puzzle.") I would also consider this book to be a good read for anyone who appreciates the value of family, even the value of a non-traditional family. Finally, I would recommend "The Negotiator" for anyone who has ever loved somebody so much...it hurt.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Reflection: 2/10/06: Our Country’s Legal System?
I’m wondering if anyone else has noticed that our country’s legal system is a joke- specifically the juvenile/domestic area. I don’t know how many times I’ve opened the newspaper or turned on the news channel in the past week and read a story about an abusive parent that keeps custody of their children. I think the most recent story I’ve heard has been the most outrageous.
For example, I wish somebody would explain to me the logic in taking no action against a Virginia woman after she locked her children in the trunk of her car. That is absolutely incredulous. It’s incredible how any judge could not interpret an issue like that as anything other than a case of child abuse. There is no logical explanation for somebody locking their children in the trunk of a car. Further, there is no way to plead the case as “accidental”.
A case like this truly shows one of the many flaws in the United State’s legal system. It seems that people are able to get away with almost anything. President Bush passed the Patriot Act which basically allows the government to walk into a person’s house and seize whatever property they wish without any reason. With all of this “power” the government has, which is supposed to protect it’s citizens, it confuses me how the legal system can seem to turn a blind eye to child abuse.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Style: Lesson 1: Understanding Syle
Joseph M. Williams (3-10)
In order for one’s readers to easily understand your prose, the writing style must be clear. If the text is plagued with overly complex sentences, words, and ideas, most likely the reader is going to have a difficult time completely understanding the concepts and main points of the text. Writing in a confusing style can create several problems for the reader. In many instances, the reader will put the text down with little understanding of the text. Another problem is that an unclear style is likely to cause misunderstandings. If a text is not written in a clear manner, it is possible for the reader to misunderstand the point of the text.
It is not possible to completely avoid unclear writing all of the time. However, it is possible to make your writing as clear as possible most of the time. A major factor that determines the clarity of the text is the writers knowledge of the subject of which he is writing. The better the writer understands the subject, the more clear his thoughts on the subject will be. If a writer has a clear idea of what he is writing about, then it is possible he will have a better chance of clearly relating his ideas on the text to his readers.
Writing more clearly is advantageous to the writer. The more easily his writing is understood by those who read it, the more likely is it that the reader will continue reading. If a reader is perplexed by the writing, it may frustrate him to the point of losing interest in the work. If a reader loses interest in what he is reading, it is very likely that he will stop reading the text. This poses a problem to the writer because in order to be successful, others must be able to understand and to enjoy reading his texts.
Overall, having a clear writing style is advantageous in many respects. Clear writing will ensure that the reader is able to capture the true ideas of the text. It also generally signifies that the writer has a clear understanding of the subject material. Additionally, clearer writing means the reader will more likely be more apt to continue reading the works of the writer.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I expect English 300 to enhance my overall abilities as a writer. Overall, I expect the class to explore the core of what it really means to be a writer. I expect the class to focus on the technical side of writing. One of my weaknesses is technical grammar and I am hoping that this class will help me improve on that aspect of my writing. I also expect this class to help me identify more precisely who I am as a writer. Through this class, I am expecting to be able to explore and enhance my personal writing skills.

I want little more from this class than to leave knowing I have more knowledge of writing than when the class began. I am hoping to leave the class knowing that I am in fact a strong writer, but if that is not the case, I would at least find comfort in knowing that I am at least a better writer than I was a the beginning of the course.

My personal goals for the class are to be able to pinpoint my problem areas in my writing and make every attempt to better my weak areas. My ultimate goal in life is to be a juvenile/domestic defense attorney, and I understand that in order to eventually achieve this goal, having a strong and professional writing style will be vital. I don’t expect to walk away from this class and be a professional writer. However, I do expect to achieve my goal of having a more sophisticated writing style.

I can honestly say that I am looking forward to writing everyday for this class. However, even though I do love to write, I’m not looking forward to having assigned writing every day for that purpose in itself. I actually detest the idea of being told what to write about. Rather, I understand and appreciate the idea that the only way to improve myself as a writer is through continuous practice. In that respect I am looking forward to having these types of assignments. I normally am the type who would like to sit down everyday and write, but I seem to never be able to find the time. With this class, I have to force myself to make time to sit and write each day, which I believe in the long run will be one of the most valuable experiences I could get from this class.

However, even though I love writing, I’m nervous about having to share my writing with others. Even though I have been writing for years, I have never been comfortable with the idea of my peers reading my work. Writing is my way of expressing my private thoughts and I almost feel violated when other people are reading my work. To me, writing is a personal expression which you can choose to share with others. However, I absolutely disagree with the idea that people should be forced to subject their writing to other’s criticism. Although I feel this way, I do however understand the importance of outside opinion and critique. One can not better themselves as a writer if they do not allow their work to be seen by others. I know from experience that people many times do not notice flaws in their writing even when they proofread it. Sometimes it takes someone else to read your work to point out your mistakes, as well as the highlights of the work.

The most important changes that I would like to see in my writing that I think this class could foster are my process, style, and grammar. I think that “good writing” is not only about which words one puts on a page, but also how they deliver those words to their audience. I truly believe that through this course I will learn to better myself in these areas, as well as others.
I would have to say that I have been interested in writing since I was in elementary school. Even then I used writing as a means by which to express my deepest desires and innermost secrets. I was an only child growing up and did not live in a community where children my age were nearby. Thus, I confided mostly in myself, rather than in others, through my writing. I dabbled in everything from free form journal writing, to short stories, to poetry. As I matured, I found that while I enjoyed all of these forms of writing, I was most easily able to express my thoughts and feeling through poetry.

Through writing poetry, I was not only able to put my thoughts and feelings into words, but I was also able to better comprehend unique aspects of the English language. By this, I am referring to the idea of “poetic license”. I found that I could use different styles of poetry to suit the message I was attempting to convey to my audience. Through the years, the style and technique executed in my poetry has changed, and hopefully matured, however, there are still numerous areas in writing, not only in poetry, but in general, which I hope to eventually excel in.

I would have to say my main strength in writing is my ability to be able to convey my messages in a unique manner. I consider myself to have an excellent vocabulary which allows me to choose more precise words. I also feel that I can easily articulate what I want to say through my writing. In my creative writing, I feel that I can clearly, yet creatively, pinpoint my main focus, or within a story create an interesting and compelling plotline. In my formal writing, my strength is my ability to put my thoughts together in an organized manner.

However, although I do not feel myself to be inadequate in my general abilities as a writer, I do understand my weaknesses. Within my creative writing, my weaknesses are most prominent in that I tend to be too wordy in certain areas, and not wordy enough in others. For example, when I am writing a story, there are times I realize that I can convey the thoughts, feelings, or actions of a character without using so many words. On the other hand, there are instances within my storytelling where I tend to be too vague.

In my formal writing, my main weakness is certain points in grammar. There are certain grammar rules, such as dangling modifiers, or having a preposition at the end of a sentence, which I have a tendency not to pay attention to while I am writing. Another weakness that hinders both my formal and non-formal writing is my overall writing process.

I do not usually do any type of prewriting or drafting for any of my work unless it is required, for a grade, by a professor. I also have a habit of procrastinating on writing assignments which. Because of this, I normally write whatever I can come up with in short spans of time. However, although this process would seem to be solely detrimental to my writing, I have found through the years that some of my best work is the result of the last minute “adrenaline” rush I seem to get when I realize that the paper I “should have” been working on for a week and a half is due in under two hours.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

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