This was not only my first full week of the semester, but also my first full week here at College of Charleston and it was not as painful as I expected! I’m very excited about this class in particular and after our readings over Monday and Wednesday I’ve been left feeling that this is a subject I’m going to be quite fond of. I’d like to mainly focus on the Garret-Petts reading we were assigned. I greatly enjoyed the examples of sports talk and walking into a crowded room as a way to first engage us. Since he was addressing students, jumping straight into literary talk would’ve contradicted his whole premise of writing the piece in the first place! He had to ease us in with topics or scenarios we could understand, then relate them to how we need to approach literary discourse. His breakdown of the ways in which we (as students) can participate in different kinds of discourse at various levels was also helpful.
My favorite part though, came at the end with the interview of Dr. Harold Kolb, Jr. Particularly in his discussion of the writing process he brought up drafting and how your first draft should be completely separate from your second draft. He stated that, “The Second draft should be a total rewriting of the rough draft, not simply a Band-Aid job. Start with a clean computer screen, with the rough draft pushed down (or printed out) so you can refer to it but not be trapped by it.” Like many students, I tend to treat my assignments like chores, something to be done as quickly as possible (and often times at the last minute.) My ‘second draft’ is really just a revision. Dr. Kolb, Jr.’s advice to start afresh will greatly improve my finished product; I am certain of this. Hopefully, this new tactic will help promote my writing to being more college-worthy!