I pledge allegiance to brevity and clarity
and the making of bold, clear claims.
And to the Core Values of the Writing Arts Department:
- Writing is social and multi-stage
- Revisions are needed on every page
- My readings will be critical
- My writing analytical
- And I would rather die than plag(iarize).
I pledge to never use 2nd person, to ever say “due to” for any reason, or to ask a rhetorical question. My voice is “we,” my citations informal, my first draft is crap and so is my last, I will hunt down and cross out my favorite sentence, and periods always always always always always belong inside the quotes. And so do commas.
This and more I pledge to remember in return for feedback and cake. And if anyone asks, the answer is NO, we don’t have a final exam.
As a first draft, this pledge is quite obviously lousy. I invite recommendations, reviews, suggested revisions, and additional commandments. Thank you.