In responding to your w1s, I found that the advice I was offering people tended to fall into one of three types:
- This is an interesting start. Use w2 and w3 to continue to work on this topic and develop your thinking about it.
- This seems a false start. Use w2 and w3 to find a new topic for your first essay.
- This seems like an interesting topic, but you don’t yet seem to have found an effective way of approaching it. Use w2 and w3 to experiment with some different approaches to this issue.
Develop, start over, rethink. You’ll want to take on of these three tacks in writing w2. The technical requirements for w2 are the same as for w1: Write at least 1,000 new words; draw on Woolf in some way as a model for your writing; write a brief note showing how you’ve adopted and adapted her work.
If you want to re-use or build some of the writing you’ve done for w1, that’s fine. It’s your work. But you still need to add at least 1,000 words of new prose. And, frankly, I encourage you not to over-commit yourself to a single topic at this point in the semester. You probably have more to lose by putting a lot of time and effort into a piece that isn’t your best than by experimenting with some different approaches to the assignment.
Finally, pay attention to the details. Have a good title. Make sure you have a header. Document your sources. Proofread. Carefully. My standards will be more exacting for this piece.
Title your document: “Lastname w2.docx”. Post it to your shared Dropbox folder by 11:00 am on Mon, 3/02.