Monday, October 11, 2010

what's the point of composition, anyhow?

I know, I know. You likely didn't take College Composition because you wanted to be a writer. You were here because it was required. And if you had any goals for this session, maybe it was to get an A, or a B, or maybe it was to pass so you wouldn't have to take the course again. In any respect, you likely had a completely quantifiable goal. I'm all for that. And by Wednesday, you'll know how you did, and I hope that you made it.

But just hear me out about this writing thing. There's more to it than many give it credit for. Writing is important. It's taking the mess of your brain and dumping it out on paper and trying to make sense out of the gibberish. It's how we learn. And it's how we realize how smart we actually are. It's how we connect the dots. Writing isn't what we sit down to do once we're experts. It's how we become experts.

So if there's one skill I want all College Composition students to take with them after the dust from the Argument Essay, the Definition Essay, the Cause and Effect Essay, the Persuasive Essay, and the Narrative Essay has all settled, it's to continue to think critically, to approach problems with an analytical mind, to be creative, and to push yourself to not only find new connections in life, or science, or art, but to find the best method (the best words, the best sentences, the best structure) to explain your new ideas.

So happy writing, and happy reading (because that's how we become smarter and how we become better writers -- two birds with one stone), and happy writing again and again.

Good luck, everyone!

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