Taking English 101 – Literature and English 103 – Composition and Style, I find myself struggling with the essay writing. I love the Literature studies and enjoy writing about the stories and plays. When it comes to Composition and Style, however, I am a flop. I will spend 3 – 5 hours per essay, researching and downloading key quotes and material. I will then spend 2 – 3 hours on brainstorming and outlining. It isn’t unusual for me to start writing and skip to the end to write my concluding paragraph. But then . . . I jump all over the place. I cannot seem to focus my thoughts and stay on path. My outline changes at least 3 or 4 times. Then I cannot solidify my thesis statement.
So if I can write stories, they must be rather boring and disorganized if this is any indication. Academic essay – ok. This argument/persuasive essay is tough. The tone, the wording, all is very difficult. I will defeat this dragon, however.