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Bailey Johnson
3/20 Discussion
Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:01pm

My personal narrative paper was pulled directly from my memory. Therefore, it was a bit easier writing about myself and expressing my own thoughts and emotions. With the Boyle paper, I was interpreting someone else’s words. It was difficult for me to get the wording correct. Also with the Boyle paper, I had to do a small bit of planning before I began writing. I had to write out my thesis and make a chart of the comparisons and contrasts. I usually do not plan my writing out, so it took a little more effort to make sure that writing the paper was flowing easily for me.

I found writing the personal narrative to be easier to write. Unless you knew me, no one could tell me the memory of my move was incorrect. No one, even those who knew me, could tell me how I should feel and think. With the Boyle paper, while the stories were your own interpretations, you had to a fact check with the book. Your interpretations could be proven incorrect. Writing the personal narrative felt more natural than writing the Boyle paper. There were not any restrictions when writing the personal narrative. We were allowed to write about any moment in our lives that holds significance. With the Boyle paper, we have to make sure we, at least, cover all the points that were made in class. The points also have to fit within the confines of our thesis. Writing within those confines can be a bit tough, and it limits what can be said; although, that may be a good thing for some people.

The only strength that stands out to me is my quotation use. I do not think I overused or underused quotes for the paper. I feel like I did not rely on using quotations to prove my point. I think I used enough for you to understand my point and show that I did actually read the two stories. A weakness of my paper may be my summarizing to analyzing ratio. I am not confident that I did less summarizing and more analyzing. When doing a literary analysis paper, that has always been a weakness of mine. I had a friend read it to me, and she did not make a comment on it. However, every professor is different. I also think my development of the stories and my paper could be a bit stronger. My friend never read any of Boyle’s stories and she felt like I developed it enough for people who have read the stories and enough for the people who have not read the stories. Hopefully, it is to your liking.

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