Essay about The Evolution of Writing

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Writing has been a staple of society since its creation centuries ago. The evolution of writing has caused the definition of an acceptable writer to also evolve, and there are many ways to become a practiced writer. Decent writing requires dedication, creativity, and structure. Writing must be a routine in a society for its citizens to become skilled writers. These aspects of writing are found and explained in many articles. In the article, “Writing in the 21st Century,” Kathleen Yancey spells out how writing has evolved over the years. The author takes us through some key events that shaped writing into what it is today. Yancey brings the reader back to when writing was something that rarely happened outside of the classroom. “Reading…show more content…
George Sand wrote after making love. Friedrich Schiller sniffed rotten apples stashed under the lid of his desk,” (Wyche 52). Although some of these rituals are odd, they help the writer get the work done. Wyche states that every writer has a ritual to get them focused whether they realize it or not. To prove her point, Wyche conducted a study with students to figure out there rituals. In this study, all the students said they procrastinate. Wyche believes that procrastinating can only hurt you. “The problem with waiting until the last minute to write is that ideas rarely appear on demand. Instead, they come when listening to others, while reading, or dreaming, or in the middle of other activities” (Wyche 59). She really stresses how crucial it is to give your writing time and effort. Wyche ends her article with steps and ideas that might help readers while they work on their next assignments. David Bartholomae defines, “Inventing the University,” as a writing process that a college student must undertake every time they begin a new writing piece. He states that students have to assemble and mimic the language of the specific discourse community they want to join. “He has to learn to speak our language, to speak as we do, to try on the peculiar ways of knowing, selecting, evaluating, reporting, concluding, and arguing that define the discourses of our community,” (Bartholomae 511). If a college student wants to
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