The paper that I chose to analyze is my most recent piece of academic work and was written for a Communications course that revolved around television shows. The topic of the paper, Full House and American culture, allowed me to use more creativity and freedom than I had previously experienced with other papers. While rereading this essay, I immediately noticed my go-to sentence style (ironic, I’m using it now). My reflections prove that I absolutely love to use the style that Rosenwasser and Stephen describe as “the complex sentence” and often incorporate the words “although” and “while”. Although this is not necessarily a bad aspect to my writing (…using this once again), I know that it probably gets very repetitive.
I also noticed that I used a plethora of transitional words. I began to get annoyed while reading my own paper because many of them seemed unnecessary and irrelevant. This, along with many other sentence structures, made me realize that I would be a much better writer if I could better “cut out the fat” of my writing. Overall, my strongest reflection about my recent paper in terms of the Rosenwasser and Stephen chapters is that the structures of the sentences that you create truly set the tone for your work. In order to better guide my readers, it is imperative for me to learn the ins and outs of sentence structure.