Final Tumblr Post
So after writing my final paper I feel pretty good about how it went. It did end up not being as scientific as I wanted it, but I’ll get into that later. The writing went pretty smoothly and I didn’t seem to need to revise very much. Hopefully the teacher will like it as much as I do.
With a topic as hard to tackle as mine I think I managed to give a good common sense argument with some support from facts. I was originally planning on having more in-depth graphs and more detailed information but I soon realized that it would no longer be an 8-9 page paper if I did. There was too much information to add and if felt more like an all or nothing thing. If I heavily supported just one area and skimped on the others it would almost be better if I changed the topic of my paper to that one area. I wanted a broader coverage for my paper so I ended up taking out some of the things I were going to include. Thankfully I was able to fit it all within a reasonable page number.
The other issue was with how complicated it was getting. Now most of my sources had a ridiculous level of discourse an trying to sift through that to get to the meat of my sources was very tough. A good lot of the time I really couldn’t understand anything my sources were saying within their approx. 100 page journals. Not only did I find out that I myself didn’t completely understand somethings, I realized that I’d have to explain everything I said in my paper very delicately. I’m not writing to a specialized group of people, this paper is very general. I need to explain my paper in an easy to follow way so anyone could understand. Now on top of everything else, having to explain these more advanced topics would just suck up more time and space. I opted to take this out and make my paper rely more on common sense and a good argument. If I had more time and had to write a longer paper (that would be terrible) I would probably be able to make a more convincing paper which included more facts.
That’s probably the only area that I think my paper didn’t do to well in. It feels like I didn’t utilize my sources as well as I should have been able to, but sifting through those journals really took a lot out of me. I’m glad I was able to get anything out of them at all.
Other than that it’s been a cool semester. Writing can be fun when you pick a topic you like, and this class has been very relaxed which is refreshing when going through tougher classes.
As for my own writing, I think I have improved. I’m better at going through sources and sifting through discourse. I’m also glad I picked a very “out there” topic as it has helped me become familiar with new writing styles. If I had picked a more common topic I probably wouldn’t have been as motivated.
Thanks for the good semester.