Having sources and other’s words in your own writing, is empowering. It allows multiple authors to take a stand together. Instead of facing off alone, opinions and thoughts of many sources come together to create complex
In the passage, the author introduces several bodies of thought, different from his own. He provides their names and the titles of the work that he uses to help form and develop his own thought. He has his brief introduction, that’s his own thought. Then he switches out for other voices that give the piece more substance.
We grow up hearing the thoughts of others and taking them in as our own. For example, without the influence of parents and/guardians, children would not start going to church. Religion wouldn’t exist unless people stole another’s words and copied them. It is how we learn to operate in the world. It’s something that we are expected to do. Imitation. Which is why when we suddenly get punished for it, is that really fair? When plagiarism is done correctly, a.k.a. crediting the source, then the original author should feel complimented that his or her words touched someone to the point of mimicking them.
As always, there is no end to learning. No matter where you come from, there is always more to learn. And this is the case for me. My writing will never be perfect but that’s the best part. Because then I will always be able to strive for more. There comes a point when you have to concede. And sometimes, like with my literacy narrative, you simply can’t find where you would like to progress from. Writing for me has always been similar to connecting puzzle pieces. Deciding which puzzle I want to do, how I want to start, and seeing where the pieces best fit together.
One of my weakest points are finding and using specific parts of other writing and bring it into my own. I can read and make connections, but most of the time the connections are more overall rather than specific.
When I critique my own work, I tend to be merciless. I never like my writing and find anything that I write to be atrocious. But then I struggle with how to bring the piece further. Looking at other’s writing is typically easier. Because it isn’t mine. And it’s easier to see the potential. But then again it’s harder to push other people forward. This is a big point that I can work on. Helping to develop writing.
Communicating in the class is another point that needs work for me. While I may have many opinions and ideas, verbal communication has always been a hassle that only causes stress. For example, I tend to either remain silent or speak without a filter…that usually ends badly. Which is why personal opinions and ideas are typically held back rather than pushed forward. This is probably the one area where I could improve the most.
Literacy is something that must be worked at continuously. And even if I practiced for a hundred years, I would likely never claim to be done learning. Or working towards improvement.