For this class, I chose to write with an academic tone. I feel that if my writing had been directed at my friends, the tone would have been more relatable and even persuasive because if the writing would have felt personal and unpretentious and the reader would be more likely to take it seriously and be open minded towards it. In this class, all my topics ended up being almost entirely fact based, which made for less interesting final projects that didn’t allow me to look into different perspectives of the topic, including my own. I think that if I were able to add my voice to the project, it would have added a lot to the writing. I am still figuring our how to do that while retaining a professional tone though.
This class also made me realize that I need to enter a project with a topic I’m really interested in before I begin writing. In the future I need to make sure I know where I’m going with that topic, that I have enough information available to really explore it, and that I actually care about my subject. In similar future assignments, I think it would be best for me to choose a topic that I can take a stance on, therefore my passion and emotion about the issue would come through to the readers and balance the factual side of the paper. I also feel that if I do have biases about a subject I’m writing about, as long as the opinionated side of it is clear and doesn’t bleed into the research section, and that I am straight forward about what my opinions are and why I feel that way, the readers are more likely to trust the writing and take it seriously. I think that this kind of writing would have also made me feel more invested in the project.