I’m relieved to be done with the new historical essay–this paper is finally history! After another late night of writing (amidst a week of stress), my new historical essay is complete. While I still didn’t connect with the content of my paper, I was impressed with my own hidden ability to be flexible and figure out how to write the paper coherently as I went. I surprised myself with my impromptu analyses, which I was able to weave seamlessly through the stiff outline of historical facts that I had gathered. Aside from figuring out how to write the paper itself, I also struggled simply with finding time to write it. The paper turned out to be quite long, and I had an exceptionally busy and tiring week on top of that. However, I managed to pull through and get it done!
In addition to learning the new historical approach, I learned how to do research for an essay. Turns out that I was doing it right the whole time! (I apologize for my previous frantic post about not understanding how to do research.) My professor decided to show us in class how to use online databases and the campus library research resources to locate good sources. Apparently, my guesswork was correct! Although I wasn’t able to get to the library for this essay, I also learned that book sources are great evidence for a paper–I’ll have to use that strategy for my next essay!
However, despite my progress I am still not sure whether or not I had enough sources in my final paragraph. I’m not sure if my professor will want more information or primary sources about the feminist movement itself, although I provided plenty of connections and information throughout the rest of the essay. Hopefully the writing style I chose is sufficient!
In class we also dove deeper into the instructions and requirements for the blog we have been creating, since the end of the semester is drawing near (yes–it’s already Thanksgiving break!!!). Today I have been editing the finalized formatting of all my posts and pages, adding clickable links and checking if they are functioning, setting up hyperlinked images, writing introductions to pages, formatting pages, etc. After a little digging, I found a video online that taught me how to hyperlink a picture. By doing so, I added a linked logo image to my LinkedIn profile on my Biography page so that anyone who wants to contact me or learn more about me (ie: future employers?) can access it! I also realized that all my other images were clickable links to bigger versions of the images, so I took off the hyperlinks in order to make the page look cleaner and less confusing to readers who are interacting with the site.
I am excited that there’s only one paper left in this class (Reader Response), but sad that the class is almost over. I have really enjoyed Lit 305, learned a lot about literature, and improved my writing. I will also miss having my professor, whom (since I am not an English major) I’m uncertain if I’ll have for another class during my college career. With that said, I am hoping that he may one day help me with the publishing process–yup, I am already looking into learning about publishing (wish me luck)!
To see my New Historical Essay Process Portfolio, click here.