Anne Springfield

I have never been a writer. In fifth grade my English teacher specifically told me so with a bright red pen. She continued to confirm this statement with a "D" on my book report essay. Fifth grade! Nobody got a "'D" in fifth grade! I was convinced for the next eight years that I would never write anything worth reading.

This essay was the final essay we wrote in our GWRIT 102D class, and I wanted to explore a different writing style. I had finally developed some confidence in my writing and ideas, and I wanted to take advantage of it.

The hardest part of the process was coming up with an idea in which I could relate history to a non-historical event. Once I had the idea, the first draft came out easily, but the conclusion really had me troubled. I brought what I had in for the peer workshop and received some helpful ideas that lent me some inspiration. I went back to my room and just free wrote for about an hour. By the time I was done, I had four different conclusions. I wanted something powerful to conclude the paper, something that made the reader just stop and think. From the four conclusions I had, I picked out the ideas I liked and organized them into a conclusion I was really proud of. I though the conclusion tied up the essay nicely by bringing all the aspects of the italics, personal stories and history together without compromising the power of the essay.

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