Thursday, January 31, 2008
Making a Long Story Short
My writing class started this week. I’m rather anxious about it. Writing per se doesn’t scare me, but structured writing does. This is an introductory course, and we’ll be writing four papers: one expository, one persuasive, one comparison/contrast, and one research. The expository paper comes first, we’ll be assigned a term and will have to define it in a short essay. “Short” is defined as at least 750 words and NO MORE THAN 800, and that’s the part that worries me. At 750 words, I’m usually just warming up; keeping it to 800 is going to be a considerable challenge. Is brevity the soul of wit, as Shakespeare said? No, I think that funny is the soul of wit; brevity’s for suckers who have to take freshman comp.