Back again with my weekly journal post, and it’s already week 8 of the first semester. Midterm test is just around the corner and lazy me haven’t start preparing yet. I’m not sure why, but I forgot to tell you all that I had my English formative test on the previous post hence I’m going to talk about it here. Also I will write the continuation for the super-long-article-drafting-thingy (it’s Writing for a Specific Audience or Typical Writing).
I had the formative test for English on week 7. Exactly just like how my friend said, it’s not THAT hard but there’s SO much to do. The test consists of multiple choices section, directed writing essay, and writing a journal. And again, clumsy me started working on the multiple choice section first, well, it’s mostly grammar related question, and you know how bad I am with grammar right? Yeah, you can imagine the time I spent on just one question. Ugh, I just hope I passed the standard score this time. Thank God though, the directed writing section was easier to do. We only had to do the same one as the one we did before. The restaurant review one if you are wondering, I posted about it on week 4 or 5. But well, like the saying ‘it’s not over ’till it’s over‘, that was exactly what I went through. On the last section, we had to write a 350 words (if I’m not wrong) long journal about all the things we learned in English Class for the past 6 weeks. Plus, we had to write it with pen, and I despise writing with pen since junior high school (not sure why, I just did, don’t ask). I had a hard time to think and write in just 15 minutes, as the result it was extremely disorganized and I didn’t even know what I wrote there, it probably didn’t make any sense, but thankfully I finished it right when the bell rang. I pray the best for my score :”))
Back to the main topic, we continued the draft for the small business article, but since I spent one meeting on week 7 to have my formative test, I didn’t get to join one meeting about this topic. That’s why it was kinda hard for me to work on it although the questions on the book were quite a help. Here are points from the questions that will help with that writing process if you are curious.
- Conventions of a magazine article : form/layout/structure, typical modes of address to readers, likely vocabulary, turns of phrase, and so on.
- Writer point of view : What to write about? What voice will I use? Level of formality?
- Mood and Tone : examples or anecdotes, particular vocabulary, figures of speech, types of sentences, etc.
- Purpose and Techniques of the writing : devices and ways of writing that will fit the text and purposes.
- Content or Structure : what challenges and rewards will be mentioned in the article? How will I as the writer start, develop, and end my piece?
Ms.Evi told us to answer the points first before anything, so here is my small draft that I haven’t finished yet.
- Text type : an article from a business or lifestyle related magazine
- Purpose : to discuss about starting a small business
- Writer : as an owner of a small business ( I was thinking of writing about opening a pet shop or a cake shop)
- Content : challenges and rewards of starting a small business
- Tone : excitement but also worries
- Length : 600-900 words
Points for draft
- Layout of a magazine article (with an opening that talks about my business in general then go into the details on the next paragraphs), addressing the readers as ‘you’ to make it more friendly but still formal, there will be few business related terms used in the text
- Write all the plus and negative points of starting a small business to make it neutral (not neutral but hmm I don’t know how to explain this), it will be a formal text but friendly and easy to read
- Use hyperbole or metaphor to create a sense of excitement or worry, also to make it realistic and relate-able put an anecdote or someone’s experience in opening a small business, it is okay to use long and complex sentences to explain things that are hard to understand (like business related terms) in the article
- Use rhetorical devices to make the writing more interesting, and include some business related facts like survey or stuffs
- Challenges of starting a small business : competing with big names in the industry, when the business doesn’t make any profit, when the costumers stop coming or is disappointed, keeping the mood and excitement alive, lack of experience, fear in taking big risks, and so on.
- Rewards of starting a small business : all the profits, having connections, meeting new good people, the experience, happy costumers, being a boss, spreading the wings of my business
Keypoints per paragraphs
- Paragraph 1 : introduce the topic or issue, mention the shop I run, my feelings about opening the business, some facts about business related stuffs
- Paragraph 2 : more details about why I ended up with my own shop, when did it open, how it is going now, fun facts
- Paragraph 3 : Challenges ( lack of experience, time to set up), learning from books, asking around for advice
- Paragraph 4 : Challenges (costs, ways of advertising, problems with stock and loans), spreading words around
- Paragraph 5 : Challenges (competition with big names, when disappointing a costumer or fail to satisfy the needs, when the competition gets dirty, keeping the excitement alive)
- Paragraph 6 : Rewards (being my own boss, happy costumers, meeting new people)
- Paragraph 7 : Rewards (business to hand over, maximizing my business
- Paragraph 8 : Rewards (having connection)
- Paragraph 9 : Concluding paragraph (Overview : has it been worth it?)
That was my unfinished draft, it’s not yet deep into the detail, and I plan to work on starting the writing process on week 10 since I got things to do on week 9 that is will be impossible for me to attend school for the whole week. Plus, I’m not yet ready for it. As always. I hope I won’t miss too much stuff. I will post my final draft and the writing result of the article on the next post. Thanks again for reading my journal. Have a nice day everyone!