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Keaton Benfield: Reading Response #2

These two chapters gave me some important tips on how to be more concise, direct and even how to spot what would be called murky writing. A lot of the information Knight gives in these chapters will definitely be helpful for me going forward, especially when it comes to cleaning up my own sentences and being more direct with what I am trying to convey to the audience.

I’ve struggled with writing more information than is needed, not only because of all of my English major habits but also because I am afraid that I will leave something out that the audience may need to understand. However, Knight shows us that you can present all of our information by simply changing up verbs, sentence structure or even dropping complex sentences altogether and separating them so that it does not feel redundant or bloated with content.

Both chapters provided me with great examples of all of these issues and I know I will look back at them for future reference. I haven’t really noticed it until now but I can sometimes get active and passive voice mixed up in my writing and figuring out where they both are supposed to be will definitely improve the quality of my work and the way that I get information across to others. I also found the last paragraph of Chapter 6 to be very important, where Knight says that we still need to have fun with our writing, and we can still develop or keep our own writing style when writing in a way that might be a little different compared to how we are used to writing.

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Keaton Benfield: Reading Response #1

Whenever I make errors in my own writing in English classes, I always hear from my professors that I am writing too much, that I need to simplify and be more concise with what I am attempting to explain to the audience. This is also a crucial step in the process of reporting and writing pieces in journalism. It is a difficult thing to accomplish, but it is a very important rule to keep in mind when writing anything. Knight emphasizes that the writer must not over-simplify complicated subject matters, but he/she must use words that everyone is able to comprehend.

Knight also goes into detail about the English language itself and the way that it is utilized. It was interesting to read about the complexities of the language and I even learned valuable information that I had no knowledge of before. Techniques and skills that I use within my other English classes can also carry over to this course and the style of writing. Many of the same rules apply to both but in different ways that set them apart, despite the similarities.

Even though I had known about many of the ideas and tips that Knight has written about here, I still feel like it was a fresh take on subjects that I had previous information of. It made me look back at my own writing again and I feel as if I am more aware of how I need to improve.  

Keaton Benfield: The Past, Present, and on to the Future!

Ever since I was little I knew immediately that I wanted to have a career involving two things that I loved doing the most: reading and writing… I just didn’t know how to get there. Growing up I was a very avid reader and the video games that my older sister let me play on her Nintendo 64 when I was little showed me that the imagination can take you absolutely anywhere and can let you create anything you set your mind to. Those moments of my childhood fueled my intense interest in rich storytelling, pop culture, and video games, whose influences have found their way into my own writing.

My English/ Language Arts teachers throughout middle school and high school taught me how to find my own voice through my writing and I’ve built upon those lessons ever since, constantly trying to improve in any possible way that I can.

During my senior year of high school, my English teachers, as well as my family, encouraged me to send some of my work to the Young Georgia Authors. So with nothing to lose I submitted a piece called “The Power of Words” which led me to receive the award for my grade level and that motivated me to write even more, to improve upon what I’ve already accomplished. I also had some of my own art pieces published in seasonal books that collected works from every high school in the United States. However, I have not gotten to pursue anything in that field since then due to my current focus being on my English degree as well as the future.

Now, as a junior at Piedmont, I have gotten the opportunity to speak at the Pop Culture Association of the South Conference (or PCAS) in New Orleans, Louisiana where I presented my paper, “The Nietzschian Superman and Crime Noir,” and with constant support and feedback from my family, boyfriend and friends, I am currently planning out what I may choose to do after I graduate from Piedmont with a B.A. in English and quite possibly a minor in Mass Communications/ Journalism. Whether that involves continuing my education, moving on into graduate school or even sending off a portfolio of my work to various outlets that revolve around pop culture and the gaming community for possible future employment options, whatever I may choose to do, I believe that I will enjoy anything that leads me closer to pursuing the job I’ve always dreamed of.