Miles Coverdale (manos74) wrote,
Miles Coverdale

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Writing rant

So I graded today. And I survived with my sanity intact, barely. Though I must say this most recent bunch didn't get nearly as good grades as my last batch did... far too many B-minuses for my taste. I think tomorrow, instead of group work, I might just lecture them about how to actually put things like thesis and purpose into their writing in such a way that everyone can see it. And audience too--I'm trying to get them to see just how big of a cop-out it is to say "My audience is anyone who wants to read this piece."

I absolutely harp on writing with an audience in mind. Like I say in my syllabus, writing never exists in a vacuum. If you put it down on paper, it's going to be read sooner or later; why not at least take some action to speak to the people you actually want to reach? Or at least communicate to them why the topic's important to you. All writing, by nature, is informative. You need to have a deeper purpose in communicating your topic.

"But what about entertainment? What if I just want my audience to read about something I did and be entertained?" Fine and dandy--but what is your audience going to find most entertaining? If entertainment's your goal, then you have double the responsibility to your audience.

"But what if I don't care who reads it?" Then you obviously won't care if I pitch your whole portfolio into the trash and fail you from the course. B'yotch.

Oh, I realize I'm preaching to the choir here, but I had to get this off my chest.

In other news, I still have a couple more portfolios to grade and a whole metric assload of reading responses and weekly drafts to grade in addition. So what do I do? I borrow Bejeweled from L. Will... to... do... useful... things... dropping... dishes... in sink... growling...

And I must say that "Mercier du Paty de Clam" is the silliest historical name I've run across in a long time. Full props to you if you actually know who he was.
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