On November 4th 2013 I was required to an essay from Bryant and Clark’s “essays on writing” while reading this passage about plagiarism it puzzled me when I interpreted the essay in a way that I wasn’t sure if it was right. It was somehow saying to me “it’s not plagiarism if it is spoken and not written.” Is this true? How can I know for sure? I assume that maybe it is not exactly considered plagiarism but it’s actuality it is just called something different but still a crime, none the less. This question has somewhat startled me. I need to know what this is! I have to know! How far can you go with someone else’s words/writings without being condemned in a legal matter? I believe in this essay by Keith D. Miller. I will be looking into this further to know everything I am looking for.
Boynton chose a wise way to describe this writing tool. The “monster” grabs your attention. Perhaps most of the attention is from kindergarten children but none the less, it still grabs you. It makes it easier to remember the rules and how they are suppose to be applied and to which should be your more important parts. Such as your thesis. The horn on top of the monsters head represents your thesis. It catches your eye. This shiney, deathly, terrifying attribute represents what the thesis should do. Catch the readers attention. It is the most important part of a writing piece. Second, the Introductory Paragraph. Boynton makes this the teeth of the beast. Like most animals, the teeth grab their prey and keep it from getting away. Same in you’re Introductory Paragraph. It should grab the reader and make them not want to let go. Obviously, to make someone want to read something you can’t have a boring start that leads no where. Development, this is where writing gets fun. After the beginning when you know all you have to do is describe your thesis in detail. Boynton describes this like the scales and hard exterior of the monsters body. It’s durable, bulky, and very strong. Just like the mid-writing in your piece. Every word should leave the reader wonder what is coming next. Finally the Concluding Paragraph. This is where you’re wrapping up. I usually call it, the finisher. It’s not as interesting as the rest of your piece but that doesn’t matter. It’s the end the final paragraph, by now your reader has already made it through what he was suppose to and you just finish it out. Kind of like the tale of a beast as Boynton shows “somewhat limp and drown out. Goes over same ground as the four preceding paragraphs.” (48) She sums it up quite well. This does not need to be some exploding paragraph, just wrap it up with dignity and end it.
Five-Paragraph Theme (Bryant~Clark,47-48; pg. 48- q. 2)
Blog Entry #1
As I sit and stare at this blank page I remember back to the assigned reading from ESSAYS ON WRITING, that was due September 11, 2013. “Bonehead Writing” by Craig Vetter (p. 35-39) Vetter makes a statement “BLANK PAPER IS GOD’S WAY OF TELLING US THAT IT’S NOT SO EASY TO BE GOD.” (Bryant~Clark, 37) when I write I usually find myself asking, why is this so hard? Why do the words not just flow right onto the page? I thought I was alone in this feeling. That I was unable to do the work, simply because I was not smart enough. But as I read this I was relieved, It’s not just me! I’m not the only person who has trouble getting words organized in a certain way that would make sense to the reader. But why was it so hard? Have our teachers not done their job? Was it just laziness from the writer? I do not know the answer to that. However, I will tell you, it takes time. Writing is a beautiful thing when it is complete. As Vetter said, it’s like being God, and that’s not an easy task.