Throughout the beginning of my writing process, I felt as though my topic was too broad and found it difficult to focus on one aspect to argue about abortions. It is an issue that I care about and I did want to learn more about the issue and educate myself if I truly wanted to continue to fight for those rights in the future. The thought that this was a topic that is always used in argumentative papers didn’t cross my mind but when it did, I started to feel a bit insecure. I felt as though it was too “basic” of a topic that everyone talks about and is tired of hearing about because this was a topic that was banned as a topic from my speech class. That and the severity and controversial aspect of abortions scared me. If I were to base my paper off of my rhetorical analysis paper, systemic racism, although there are people who see differently, the consensus is that racism is instilled in our society and that needs to change. Something that is as controversial and that has very mixed opinions is something that made me shy away from talking about abortions and choosing an “easier” topic. Then I started thinking to myself if I cared about abortion rights, there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to talk about it. Getting past that insecurity is what helped me push through and be able to scope in and find a particular issue I wanted to argue.
The peer-review process helped me find the points in my paper that didn’t sound as clear and concise as it should, along with areas that called for more elaboration. This process is and will continue to be extremely helpful and beneficial in the writing process. Though I have not finalized my paper yet, I keep in mind what my peers commented on my paper and the ideas I gave my peers on theirs.