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brawnywinderSoftware and s/w Development

Dec 13, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)


Use the vocabulary of the writing studies communities

Accept the reader as a superior.

They know ‘writing studies’ better then I do

But I know my writing styles better then them

Talk about MY writing style

Ways that it changed

How those changes

Address the increased understanding of my writing

Prompt #1

Looking at my early inksheds and remembering my thoughts during those writing
sessions and comparing them to my current thoughts, its quite interesting to see
what has changed. I read
my first inkshed and the word ‘forced’ kept coming to
mind. I had known about inkshedding, my highschool english teacher was
fascinated by the topic. Having a little expierience with it, I knew the idea of ‘just
keep writing’ was key. To me that meant w
rite until I’m bored then just write ‘I’m
out of ideas. I don’t know what to write. I am not making any progress here’ and
keep going with that until the relief of ‘pens down’ came from the front of the class.
That carried on in the early inksheds in th
is course. It was not as obvious, but there
was a point where I hit the wall and stoped reaching for new ideas. Reading the
more recent inksheds, I find that I can push through that wall. Once past it, I find the
ideas that come, while maybe abstract, a
re much more critical and end up being the
ones that make up the core of my paper.

I should clarify. The early WRS 101 inksheds, I could keep writing, but the words
being put on the paper were the ones that I knew were expected. I switched off my
brain and

jumped into regurgitation mode

spewing out the writing clichés that we
all know too well. Take this example

I find the ability to throw down sentences onto the keyboard and instantly be
able to delete and revise them comforting. Something abo
ut putting the
ideas in text makes my mind really start questioning if that is conveying the
message I want it to convey. If I am writing with a pen and paper, once it is
written, it may as well be written in stone.

The idea in that excerpt is one that

I bet 80% of this class agrees with. It is simply a
regurgitated answer, rather then new unique ideas. I look at my current inksheds or
the result of the Perl guide lines and see legitimate thought. I find my mind reaching
for a new answer.

Prompt #2

The WSI results seem like fairly useless data for anyone but myself. I look at my
answers from each run through and see only ‘improvement or degradation.’ When I
actually read the questions and look at what I answered in each ‘test’ I need to think
of t
he reasons why I clicked the answer I did. There are some questions on topics
that I know I improved in, but the WSI shows “Negative movement.” I think the
reasons for this is my understanding of the question changed. At the start of term, I
believed I

adequately inkshed. Now I know that, although I have made
improvement, there is a lot of room for growth. Because of this change in attitude,
the WSI showed a ‘negative movement’ when in fact I made huge progress.

I am not going to propose a ne
w question for the WSI, just propose a time of
reflection afterwards that allows room to explain the reasons for any
positive/negative results.

Prompt #3

I think that the most helpful part of writing the first essay, and probably the whole
course, was
the perl guidelines. The clean structure of those guidelines,
accompanied with the forced time needed to write on each prompt helped me break
through ‘the wall’ that I talked about in the first prompt. I would really like to get
my hands on the audio rec
ordings used in that activity.

Prompt #4

Without reading the introduction to conversation 8, I would have been toast on this
essay. The idea of separating revision from proofreading

treating them as separate

was instrumental to the overall structure of my paper. Inkshedding on

introduction was where I came up with the basis for the entire essay.

Prompt #5

The story of WRS 101 for me looks like a scrapbook. Each picture showing a
moment (or class) where we addressed a different composition technique. First
plain inksheddin
g, then Pearl guidelines, then loop writing. Each time I did one of
these techniques I learned a little about how they work, and how they affect me.