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Portrait of a Writer
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RWS-1301 : Consuelo Salas
UTEP

By Hector Barron

My current attitude toward witting is positive as it works like an escape from the world.
My writing abilitys extends no further than just a freshman in college, in my own honest opinion
I can improve many aspects. Key moments in writing that have happened to me in the past by far
to memory would be the first actual essay I wrote in high school that was my senior year. I was
at the moment being introduced to an academic essay and going through the whole process on
how to write and after just finalizing the essay and turning it in, I found it interesting and got my
attention, My ability to understand what an academic essay was when I entered college and was
able to really open my mind and get the full picture of what I need to do. School was able to give
me the understanding of an essay.
When writing, I mostly enjoy writing persuasion essays. I find it fun and interesting to
have my own opinion and explaining why I think it is correct and have someone change their
own opinion on what Im trying to explain. I do not enjoy writing summery essay as I tend to get
writers block and take longer than other essays. I like to imagine the whole writing process in my
mind before I start to write, I first start with writing the introduction/thesis then lead on to my
body paragraphs and counter argument and finish with my conclusion. I then return to my essay
and read out loud to make sure it makes sense to myself and to fix any corrections. I finish my
process by having a completed essay and creating a cover and reference page. I like to prepare
my process by having a full understanding of what Im writing about. When Im writing a
persuasion essay I like to make strong arguments and prove my argument by using 3 to 5 points.
I also prepare my invirnment and my surrounding by having a playlist of my favorite music
playing in the background. My favorite
snacks must be around as Im writing because I dont like to move around a leave the room.

Writing an academic essay is very time consuming and for many it could take a long
time. For myself, depending on the subject and my level of interest I usually do long sitting and
try to do as much as I can when my ideas are fresh and my mind zoned in. When writing a long
essay of 3-5 pages I give my self-time, most of it goes into the preparation and revision of the
essay itself. Writing the essay of 3-5 pages can take me as long as 2 to 3 days as I can become a
very detailed writer. Shorter essay of 2-3 pages can take me a few hours or up to one day and I
can complete in one sitting. When I write academic essays I usually time myself in intervals,
usually I write of about 1hr then take a 10 min brake to read what I wrote and recollect my ideas.
Writing a proper academic essay has many rules and guide lines, one I follow the most is
having an introduction/thesis, argument points, counter argument, conclusion. The rules that
block me are the same rules that help me because if I did not follow the rules my essays would
be more personal and have more of me. The rule that help me the most is having a counter
argument because without the counter argument you do not allow the reader to have a full
understanding of your topic. It also helps give the writer a better understanding of what the topic
is because it lets you know what others think. To revise your paper mean to look back at the
essay and make sure you are happy with the product, to catch any mistakes. Revising also mean
to return to your product and make week argument strong with evidence that might be missing or
would like to add. When I revise I look at my spelling and the point Im trying to get across are
strong. I also revise the structure of my essay to make sure it is laid out orderly. I focus on my
argument and that everything backs my introduction. I delete or replace issues that might have
gone off topic with strong facts.

Auto-Ethnography
RWS-1301 : Consuelo Salas
UTEP
9/11/2015
By Hector Barron

Analyzing video of myself from the process of a writer, I started off the Portrait of a
Writer essay doing small writing session of about 30 minutes to 1 hour, one to two times a day
for about three days. While these first sessions accord I noticed I would get distracted by my
phone mostly getting into different sources of social media. My surroundings differed for the
first three days of writing the draft being at different locations like the University library, a
friends house, and my kitchen. I was mostly writing a couple sentences before being distracted
by my phone. My writing process was being affected by when and where I chose to write, that
being said I also noticed that I wrote more affectively in quiet surroundings during late hours.
When writing at my friends house I noticed the louder surroundings would not let me
concentrate and distracted me from doing the assignment.
The recordings shows a differences to what I explain in the Portrait of a Writer The recording
show I sit and brainstorm on the next couple of sentences. A pattern I also noticed is that I tend to
get up and do other activities like cook, clean and take my dog outside for periods of about 45
minutes. I like to brainstorm the whole writing process in my mind before I start to write. I first
start with writing the introduction/thesis then lead on to my body paragraphs and counter
argument and finish with my conclusion. I then return to my essay and read out loud to make
sure it makes sense to myself I also did this on going back to revise and to fix any corrections on
two paragraphs. In the video I finish my process by having a completed essay and creating the
cover. I also have a habit of preparing my process by having a full understanding of what Im
writing about. When Im writing a persuasion essay I like to make strong arguments and prove
my argument by using 3 to 5 points. I also have the habit to prepare my environment and my
surrounding by having a playlist of my favorite music playing in the background and my favorite
snacks must be around as Im writing.

The habits and patterns I notice in my writing are both positive and negative. The positive habits
help do what needs to be done without really trying as it comes naturally is thinking along with
the patterns I noticed. The negative patterns I noticed are mostly when I get on my phone and
stand up to do other things that distract me. For many the witting proses is very time consuming
and for many it could take a long time and as a writer we all have habits that help us to complete
the product all while happening naturally. For myself, I notice I do both long siting and short
sitting but usually doing long writing session while ideas are still fresh and my mind zoned in the
subject. When writing the Ported of a Writer essay I started with shot sittings and as the days
passed my writing sessions got longer and longer and ended writing 2 housrs to 4 hours.
Writing a proper academic essay can be accpmplished in many different ways but, has many
rules and guide lines writers must follow. One rule I follow the most is having an
introduction/thesis, argument points, counter argument, conclusion. There is no patterns I was
though that I dont use because I have always used the way I was first though and I have only
strengthen.. The patterns and technic I noticed that help me the most is having the counter
argument because without the counter argument you do not allow the reader to have a full
understanding of your topic. It also helps give the writer a better understanding of what the topic
is because it lets you know what others think. I have always been thought the pattern of revising
your paper to make sure you are finish product makes you feel confident. Revising to edit also
mean to return to your product and make week argument strong with evidence that might be
missing or would like to add. When I revise I look at my spelling and the point Im trying to get
across are strong. I also revise the structure of my essay to make sure it is laid out orderly. I focus
on my argument and that everything backs my introduction. I delete or replace issues that might

have gone off topic with strong facts that help me back up my evidence. While looking at the
video I notice I do go back to revise to rewrite and do it as Im about done with the paragraph.
Some parts of my actual proses do match with the Proses of a writer. I was mostly writing about
what I think I do in that essay, compared to when I reviewed the video I noticed I did not do a lot
of the things I said I did. One example I said I did was that I did long sittings and after reviewing
the video I noticed I did some short sittings and some long sittings. Al though I did match the
part when I stated I like to give myself time when writing longer essays. The auto-ethnography
does take longer to process because of reviewing the video, Another difference is that one has to
have more patience and done in a timely manner. My actual strengths as a writer are that I like to
write and find joy when doing so, that being said I have more strengths writing persuasion essays
that any other type of essays mostly because I have more experience in that genre. My
weaknesses as a writer are when in the process of writing I tend to get distracted easily and
procrastinate. Another weakness is that if Im not interested in the subject Im writing about I do
not put in 100 percent of my focus. My process is different yet same in some ways because I do
most of my essay to per sway my reader and different because some writers do there process in a
ways that best fits them. I say this because everyone has their own way of doing things alongside
writing an essay. I have not meet anyone with the same process of mine but do have similaritys
in others processes, One example I noticed in others process is going back to revise and edit after
finishing the essay

1-5 about 7pm while getting started with the recordings I just sat there quiet. Dog is outside no
distractions, phone currently on but in pocket. Reading the assignment I also have music playing
in background at a low volume. [MUS(+)]
10-15 still sitting there quiet phone has a notification but I have not yet opened it. House is quiet
Im reading the assignment still and have not yet started typing.[S][RQ][MUS(+)]
15-20 I have now started typing and have an understanding of the assignment. House is still quiet
I get up to grab something to drink. Comeback and continue typing. I check my phone and reply
to a text. I put down phone and continue writing.[S][PH][BR(+)]
20-25 Im still silent no one body home yet going back and forward on the assignment questions,
I get up to sharpen pencil come back continue reading the questions. [S] [RQ]
25-30 Mom comes home ask me to take the dog outside as she gets ready to make dinner.
[BR(-)][PET]
30-35 I come back inside put dog away. Check Facebook as I sit down, put phone away get
focused. I then start answering the questions in a paragraph form. [S][RQ][TW][WS][PET]
45-50 nothing much is going on in back ground looks as if I start to wonder off and think deeper
about the questions as I taking pause to think about what I will write next. Mom is in kitchen
doing dinner as Im in the office room doing this assignment. I sill have music playing in the
back ground, not to loud. [WON][WS][PERIODS][GP]
50-60 nothing seems to happen for most the time remaining. I am just sitting there typing the
essay. No distractions so far I seem focused but do seem to have periods of silence, [WS][Q]
[RQ]

60-70 mom then calls me to eat dinner [Eat][BR(+)]


70-75im still eating dinner till [EAT]
75-80 I have then finished eating and continue on the essay. But still bring some food with me,
Im eating and writing. I check my phone to reply to a txt. Then go back to my essay. [EAT][WS]
[S]
90-100 Im just sitting still typing the essay as I look concentrated and phone is on table but have
not checked it. I then get up to take the plate to the kitchen and come back in less than 1 min.
[WS][MUSIC]
100-110 im still typing and have not done much in movement I just sit there while typing [WS]
[Q][WS]
110-120 form the video it shows Im still trying and still very focused dont seem to have moved
at all. During this time I answer a phone call for about 2 min then get back to writing the essay as
Im a bout finish
120-130 as Im finishing up the essay Im just still typing the essay and have no moved but do
wonder off for a second on my phone to cheek social media.
130-140 Im done typing and start to read the essay from the beginning outload and start to
correct grammar. Im still sitting there no distraction so far. [RE][Music][TW]

9pm session done