Tuesday, October 16, 2007

stop when youre done

This is such a true statement, however, it is not always realistic. It is always best to stop a paper when you are done. WHen you have nothing left to write about, stop. The problem when you dont stop is how much filler ends up being incooporated into your work. Filler is every readers nightmare. It can take a fabulous idea and turn it into a piece of work that isn't worth the time it took to create it. For instance, no grief here, Huckleberry Finn. I thought the central idea of that book was good, but it seemed like it had about an extra 100 pages of "what is he talking about?" in it. Stopping when you are ready to stop is not always an easy thing to do, especially in an english class. Even with a topic you love it's sometimes hard to get the full amount of words/pages that you are suppose to take up. That's when filler starts being added. So really here, teachers should start taking examples. There should not be required lengths for papers...after all Zinsser did tell me to stop when I'm ready. :)

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