Williams Chapter 10: Writing Justly
In my faith, religion and society class today, we were discussing 'charity' and 'justice.' The students along with the professor decided that charity is doing good for an individual while justice is doing what is right for society as a whole.
Upon reading Williams Chapter 10, I was reminded of this discussion. We as writers, affect peoples' lives with our works; even the work we produce simply for class! The professor has to eventually read through all of our papers and more often than not, so do our peers as part of the draft process.
According to Williams, we as writers have a duty to ensure that our writing does not become "carelessly complex" (124). While it may seem like charity-work towards our professors and classmates, keeping our work as simple as possible (without dumbing it down) is actually doing society a justice. (*cue the national anthem in the background...)
Think of what a better place the world would be (or at least high school would have been) if Nathaniel Hawthorne had been kind enough to pare down his monumental paragraphs in The Scarlet Letter. We are the future folks! One day, our work could make its way into the literary canon! We need to face that responsibility head on and make sure that everything we write is written consicely, eloquently and most of all, with Style.
Read what my classmates have to say about Chapter 10.