Scholarly Writing

Tristan Patel

Critical Essay Draft

Experience vs Inexperienced

To my fellow writer of this course, I once believed that scholarly writing consists of the a non biased perspective, that thanincludes evidence and a strong argument. Within the writing itself, the essay or writing piece should consist of concise and clear language. To do this one must have a clear understanding of the prompt or reference material that can be used. With peice of reference material, or essay prompt that may be given, the writer must be able to use the concise and clear language so that making their strong and logical claim is easily understood.

Now with the reference material that was given, I now believe that scholarly writing consists of, yes, unbiased perspective but also consists of the writer's personality. Not top say that the writing piece should be exactly the way the writer speaks but, still contains some of the writer's own experiences and perspectives.To reference the first article, “I Stand Here Writing”, one must be able to formulate their own material from the resources that are available to them.The subject of the first highlighted section, depicts a story of how they used unfamiliar material for a debate and is countered without question.This is not an example of a scholarly writer. A true scholar would have known the appropriate use of the quotes and arguments that she used. This writer simply lacked the resources and the experience to use the quote that they used to its fullest potential.

Scholarly writing takes some experience to perfect. Mrs. Sommers, in her piece “Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers” make a good argument. Students writers and inexperienced writers tend to not revise their work for the simple fact that they may have to rewrite the piece, where as an experienced writer will understand the sacrifices needed in order for a writing piece to be sufficient. Based on this material, I mend my previous statement to this, scholarly writing is not simply the act of writing with academic language that is clear and concise that still consists of the writers personality, but it also writing that is written over time, with edits and adjustments that are designed to make the most of the piece.

The sample essays allowed me to open up my understanding of what it means to truly be a scholarly writer. I must admit that before having read the sample essays, I fell victim to Mrs. Sommers’ notion that students writers do not use the words revised or rewritten. I indeed fell victim to “thesaurus philosophy of writing. Rather than revising and rewriting, I would look for words that made the piece sound better.These sample essays have “reshaped [my] earlier idea and expectations of what scholarly college writing was” but allowing me to understand that scholarly writing is not simply a piece that sounds academically correct, but rather a piece that I have taken my time to write, a piece that contains just enough of who I am.