Journey Log 4 Kylee Keenan

Due to our recent detailed discussion and readings about citing sources and the importance of doing so, I thought I would look up fun videos to capture this idea. Although we have not specifically discussed plagiarism, I still thought that it would be relevant to find a video that mentioned the importance of sighting sources due to our increased research that will be done throughout these next several weeks in our villain papers. I enjoyed the two individuals’ examples along with their creative aspect shown in the video.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT6S4ERI0o8

When reading through “How to Read like a Writer,” my interest was sparked concerning this notion only because I had never heard the saying before. Once I really reflected upon what this meant, I applied the principle to other readings throughout my week. I was mostly reading for academia; however, I am also in the middle of reading Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers. While I was reading his text, this concept came to mind and due to my enjoyment of his writing style, I pondered how I could mimic some of his elegance into my own writing.

I also looked at another source by Maria Popova and searched her ideas on how to read like a writer. She quotes author Francine Prose and chooses a statement that I appreciated. Prose exclaims, “With so much reading ahead of you, the temptation might be to speed up. But in fact it’s essential to slow down and read every word. Because one important thing that can be learned by reading slowly is the seemingly obvious but oddly underappreciated fact of language” (Popova). I admire this saying because it is absolutely true. We more than often take advantage of the amazing thing called language that is used in every aspect of life. It is used to create beautiful works of literature, yet we skim through the words as quickly as possible to complete the assignment. However, if we were to take a moment and reflect upon the terms being used as well as the context in which they are being utilized, we could learn things that would only be beneficial to ourselves. I know that I am at fault for doing this all the time. My goal in the future is to take just a couple extra moments and think about the beautiful creation and development of the text and what the true meaning is masked behind the manipulation of the words on a page.

Works Cited

Popova, Maria. “How to Read Like a Writer.” Brain Pickings, Amazon Services LLC, 17 Sept. 2015, www.brainpickings.org/2012/08/31/how-to-read-like-a-writer/. Accessed 19 Feb. 2017.

UAlbertaDoS. “Plagiarism Rap (Cite Your Sources).” YouTube, YouTube, 18 Dec. 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT6S4ERI0o8. Accessed 18 Feb. 2017.

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