It will require expanding my vocabulary and developing an understanding of when to use a correct adjective or the appropriate adverb. Beyond the creative aspects of merely using the language, I also need to learn the technique of proper grammar and punctuation. I believe I can accomplish these goals as I progress into my next English class. I am confident that I have the necessary basics to become a good writer. I also have a desire to succeed, which is probably the greatest contributing factor to becoming a good writer. I am willing to devote the hard work and patience required developing my talent and expanding my understanding of what good writing is composed of.
When I began this class it would be a struggle for me to put my thoughts into words. I could imagine what I wanted to say, but writing the words would sometimes result in an awkward sentence that was grammatically incorrect. My overall composition lacked the needed planning and organization required to write an outstanding essay. My paragraph transition would suffer from a lack of the skill needed to make the connection from one paragraph to the next. I was coping with the language as well as the art of writing. As my skills slowly improved, the quality of my essays became more apparent. With better planning and organization the essays became more logically structured as the story would unfold from passage to passage. My essays are now a sensible progression of storytelling filled with lively scenes full of action that are pleasing to read. My essays are of far higher quality than they were before I started the class. Instead of the reader having difficulty reading my writing, I'm proud that they are enjoyable and informative for anyone.
Having other people read and appreciate my writing is important to me. When I write, I know I'm leaving a permanent record of my thoughts and visions. I will be judged by the readers who share my writing and its important to me to be perceived as a competent writer. It gives me a sense of pride and a feeling that I have created a worthwhile essay. The hours spent formulating the idea, outlining, and drafting are hours well spent when I get a feeling of accomplishment at the successful completion of an essay assignment. I especially enjoy the ability to paint a picture, complete with sights and sounds, using only the printed word. One of my favorite descriptions came from an essay I wrote titled "Ocean City: The Best Place to Be!":
Ocean City has street parties that cleans away the restlessness and replaces it with laughter. Cozy, Old World cafes touched with that European flavor give diners a feeling of sophistication and class; and spontaneous dancing venues with swirling lights, swimsuit-clad bodies, and reggae and salsa music encourage relaxation, celebration and fun.
This description of Ocean City gives a feeling of being in the middle of the activity and spending a carefree day with the crowds. It invokes sight, sounds, colors and smells, I very much enjoyed writing it as I imagined myself at the beach. I have learned that visualizing the setting, the people, and the situation aids me in the ability to describe it.
Another skill I have acquired that adds quality to my essays is knowing when not to write too much and conclude the essay with an appropriate closing. I have learned to realize when to terminate the