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Bailey Johnson
4/17 Discussion
Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:13pm

My process for writing the paper was fairly simple. I printed out my online sources and highlighted things I thought would be good to use to support my thesis. As for my print sources, I wrote down any quotes I thought could support my thesis. After I did have all my quotes together, I just started typing. I did not have much of a plan for actually writing the paper. I just typed whatever came to mind. I have an interesting process when it comes to writing. I just write. I do not do outlines or brainstorming or mapping or anything like that. I sit and think about what I am trying to say and go from there. After the paper was finished, I had a friend read the paper and make comments on it. Essentially, my process for writing is a bit disorganized, but it usually works for me.

A couple of challenges stand out to me. One of them was organizing the paper in the right order. I wanted to make sure I was introducing each supportive detail in a particular order so that the paper flowed properly. I did not want the paper to be all over the place. The other challenge was making sure that I was not relying heavily on my sources. I did not want the paper to be filled with quotes and paraphrasing. Then it becomes a replica of other sources into one paper. I wanted to make sure my input was clear and that I was using my own words to persuade my audience. I also wanted to make sure I was using enough of my sources and not making it too much of an opinionated paper. Also, I struggled with conveying my thoughts about the topic without sounding too opinionated and sticking to the facts. The one strong point in my paper that stands out is I feel I was able to persuade my audience to be in favor of my topic while being objective. I think I was also able to find the balance I was looking for between using my sources and using my own input or analysis. The one thing I am most concerned about my paper is it not sounding redundant. I tried hard to avoid that, and my friend did not seem to think it sounded redundant. Overall, I think it is a good paper. I do not think it is my best paper, but I would hope it met its purpose.

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