Reflective Writing Essay

Reflective Writing

            Becoming a good writer has always been my dream since childhood. I used to write poems and short stories for my friends and family. Instead of giving material gifts, I wrote pomes, anecdotes, odes and anything I could think of as an appropriate gift for the recipient during occasions. Since then, writing has become my hobby.

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            Having taken the English Composition class has opened my mind to various new learnings. I have learned that free writing is not that free at all. I realized that I also need to follow certain rules.  I remembered when I was in fifth grade when I joined an essay writing contest in our school. That was one of the most challenging moments of my life. I got the chance to compete with the best writers in our school. Unfortunately, I was only able to reach the top five spot out of thirty-eight contestants. My teacher told me that it was already an achievement but it did not satisfy me much. At the back of my mind, I kept asking my self why was I not able to win the contest. I know that I have the gift but I did not even make it to the top three. I thought of many possibilities. I wondered what is with them that I did not possess. What was wrong with the way I wrote my composition? Determined to continue my passion in writing, I read many books on composition to serve as my guide. When I was in high school, I got lucky again to represent our school in another essay writing contest. This time I won second prize and my teacher and school were so proud of me. I did not only emerge as the second best among 52 participants but I have given honor to our school as well. Personally, the experience made me happy. However, it still did not make me very happy because I did not get the first prize. For me, nothing is more fulfilling for a contestant than to take home the first prize. What is with the first placer that made her win? Was my write-up not good enough to have defeated hers? Three days later, I saw the winning essay published in our local newspaper and when I read it, I realized that she is indeed deserving of the prize. She is a very organized writer. She expresses her ideas well in a very concise manner. This composition class has made me realize the lacking ingredient in my essay piece back then. I used to think that writing is an easy stuff. You just need to be creative enough to visualize things and come-up with a good write-up. Of course, grammatical rules should not be set aside for it is inherent in every type of writing a writer does. I have learned that in order to become a good writer, my write-ups should be characterized by spontaneous flow of ideas. It should not only capture my readers’ attention, but also engross them with what they are reading.  I also thought before that becoming a writer doesn’t need much effort for improvement on the side of the writer. I was wrong in this assumption. Becoming a writer is supposed to be a continuous process of improvement. A good writer never ceases to learn new things.

The English Composition class has honed my talents and helped me develop into a much better writer than I was before. If I will have to chance to participate in another contest now, surely winning will not be my priority. I know deep within me that I am a writer. I am born to be one. I need not compete with others in order to prove that I am a good writer. All I need to do is compete with myself and accept every defeat as a challenge. It will be a competition of the writer within me before and after I enrolled in this composition class. The very important lesson that I got from the class is to aim for continuous improvement. Improvement would mean better quality in my works as a writer every time I try to write a new one. Only after accomplishing these things can I truly claim that I am good writer.

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