Putting the Pen to the Paper:
An Exploration in Writing and Editing
12042007 – 0913A
Lucille Fipher

AN: This was a paper that I had to write for CreaWri. It's an exploratory persuasive assignment, and the prompt was, "My abilities, values, knowledge, and personality would enable me to reach my career goal of becoming a..."

But of course I couldn't just leave it like that. .:evil grin:.

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My abilities, values, knowledge, and personality would enable me to reach my career goal of… Okay, seriously, no one wants to read an essay that begins like that. It's dull, boring, and just not all around attention-grabbing. As a writer and editor, it will be my job to recognize and correct things like that.

If I were to follow the preconstructed structure of this paper, however, I would begin by telling you that I certainly have the ability to reach my career goal as a professional writer and editor. I have proven this time and time again as I finished each of eleven books, and worked on twelve in progress. I am literate and articulate (according to Brittany Bowles, I can "talk gooder than this"), and once I've started a piece of work, I am driven to see it through to completion. All of these abilities will surely be essential for a writer or editor who must meet deadlines. Also, I am very versatile, and am able to work in many different environments, ranging from solitude to crowds, quiet to ruckus, a skill which is sure to come in handy in this particular job field.

If I were to continue on in this manner, I would next show you that my values would enable me to reach my career goal of becoming a professional writer and editor by presenting you with the fact that, as editor of my school's student publication, I must be careful that what I send to press doesn't misrepresent or offend others. Likewise, as a reporter, I must be sure that what I write is true and just.

On the same note, I would then tell you that my knowledge of the field would enable me to achieve my career goal of becoming a professional writer and editor by exposing the fact that, by the time I have graduated high school, I will have taken six English-related classes, two at the Advanced Placement level. In college, I will major in English with an emphasis on journalism and minor in Spanish, enabling me to work in a variety of situations, from travel magazines to a job in Andaluciá, Spain to writing novellas or even English novels (imagine that). I am also well-versed in grammar, and while I can't verbally tell you the definitions of a hyperbole or a gerund, I can use them well in verse.

Likewise, my personality would enable me to reach my career goal of becoming a professional writer and editor, as I can work with people as an editor, or by myself as a writer. I'm skilled as a leader, unafraid of public speaking, and proud of my work. I'm confident in my abilities and driven to reach my goal. I'm headstrong, sometimes to a fault, but in general I know when to back off and in most circumstances this trait helps me to achieve my ends.

If I were to end this paper according to standard essay form, I might say something like, "In conclusion, my abilities, values, knowledge, and personality would enable me to reach my career goal of becoming a professional writer and editor." But when in this essay have I followed true form?

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AN: Okay, so what did you think? I haven't gotten the grade back yet and I'd appreciate some feedback?

Loves to you.

Luci.