Reflection to RLW and Island Paragraphs

One thing I noticed when I read RLW is that a ton of things stood out to me because it appealed to my individual desires and it made me really emotional. One thing that stood out to me is that certain questions were repeated a couple of times to get me to understand it better, such as “what is the author’s purpose for the writing” and “what is the intended audience?” It was also bringing something I learned in another class of mine to the forefront because I went through author’s purpose in my last semester. Another thing I noticed that I felt really drawn to was on page 78. It mentioned that the RLW is very effective if the passage is emotional or humorous because you would have to theoretically “put yourself in the person’s shoes” in order to better understand them. This is especially apparent with me because I tend to write stuff that is highly emotional because I tend to treat my blogs and what I write as a diary where I do my best to communicate how I feel about certain subjects, so if you want to read like a writer, my blog posts and my essays to a lesser extent my essays would be really good for it. If you do have questions about it, feel free to ask as well. One more thing I noted that stood out to me is that after a certain amount of practice, I’ll subconsciously ask the same questions to better understand the piece of writing. I’ve actually noticed it in a ton of people, including professor Robinson, and I’ve noticed that in a similar way through my job. Even as a dishwasher, I’ve noticed the person I was when I first started working at Whistle Binkies was a lot worse in comparison with how good I am now, and even my boss and several coworkers noticed that. I even noticed my way of working 6 years ago was similar to the way my brother worked if not worse (he frequently lashed out at everyone for not doing things his way and even said he wants other people to be miserable if he is), and once I actually relaxed and looked at how badly it was affecting other people, I worked a lot harder and it actually compensated big time in how good I got. I became much faster, much smarter, and much happier despite how much harder I was working. All in all though, I loved that the article brought so much more to my mind that I didn’t really notice until I thought about this article.


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