Kelly's Writing

Queens College

Draft Reflection

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly Santana at 2:18 am on Friday, December 23, 2016

The draft feedback from my group and Professor Tougaw has been extremely helpful for me. My outline was very straightforward and, in a way, basic. I listed the order in which I want to discuss things (which I need to change) but I didn’t think about creating a “flow” where I can make my secondary sources have a conversation that stem from my primary sources. The first thing I want to do is change the way I’m placing my sources throughout my paper. One thing I realized after sending this first draft was that my primary sources were coming way too late in my paper. I think I have to focus on remembering that my primary sources are going to be what I will be discussing the most. They’re the basis for my discussion! So I have to work on making that my foundation, not my secondary sources. I think what I want to do is dive into my primary sources first, and with their help, I’ll start addressing my arguments and the main ideas I wish to present. I want to meld everything together to create a nice discussion that works well and makes sense together. I want my paper to flow (I love that word :D) well without it becoming disjunctive or confusing.

I also need a few more sources that speak about the literature of what I will be discussing (which is young adult literature). I’m really happy I found a few more secondary sources that really pushed my writing process further, but I know I’m still missing something. I must find that missing source(s) that will complete my paper!

So that’s my main focus right now- more sources and making my primary sources…well, my PRIMARY sources! They are what makes my paper. They are where my conversations/arguments stem from. -This is my current mantra as I write.

Thank you professor and group friends for helping me out so much! You guys are great!


1 Comment


   Michelle Coleman

January 31, 2017 @ 12:58 am

Hi Kelly! Now that we’re in a writing group together, I really look forward to finding out about your research topic and reading what you’ve written so far. Finding more sources was also a struggle for me over this break. I hope you found what you’ve been looking for! Also, it sounds weird, but it really is so easy to forget about your primary sources when you’re so concerned with finding relevant secondary sources! It will be really interesting to talk about your topic (young adult literature sounds awesome!) with your reflections in mind, especially because we weren’t in the same writing group last semester. I hope that your writing and revising has been going well, and I’m excited to help you make your project the best it can be!

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