During the revision process, I found myself going through a continuous loop of frustration which later turned into a lack of motivation. I chose artifacts that talk about modern systemic racism, one being a Ted Talk and another being an article. Having to dissect and pinpoint areas of these artifacts that used rhetoric and genre conventions was difficult. Distinguishing what was just a detailed summary of the artifact and what was actually the use of rhetoric and genre conventions through me through a loop. I took from what my peers said on the Peer Review worksheet and the comments posted on Thursday and pasted them on my paper. Putting them on the areas that needed work somewhat helped me to see right in front of me, what I had to add or change. I added things in to make my points clearer and took out minute details that didn’t pertain to the overall analysis of each artifact. With all of the switching around and adding details, I found myself getting anxious about what was enough from the perspective of someone who hasn’t seen or read these artifacts.
However, something that scared me was the minimal amount of change that I made to the paper after the revising process. Compared to the first draft, I feel as though the organization aspect was relatively the same other than combining smaller paragraphs together to make my paper seem more together. Before the peer review process, I had a lot of shorter paragraphs that talked about more minor genre devices that were used. This put me in a difficult position because I had 5 other body paragraphs that were not talked about and critiqued in detail. Not knowing what to change, I hesitated on changing the entire layout of my paper as I did on my Literacy Narrative.
Despite the anxiety, the writing process forced me to analyze these artifacts in different ways. In high school, we never talked in depth about the use of rhetoric or genre conventions so it was interesting to find myself picking up on those conventions as I analyzed these artifacts. I’ve come to realize that with this pressure and anxiety comes improvement. I know the paper isn’t as clear as it can be but after I understand all of the mistakes, it’ll better my senses next time.