Friday, May 26, 2006

The top

I'm having a tough time with the essays. The bar is it's own animal. A uniquely stylized exam for which the authors know exactly what they want. They are in some small way, works of art and beauty. Carefully crafted with facts, each of which speak to some issue. "Ever fact has a home" says cal bar exam man....

The process here, is not writing, but outlining, and my organization is poor. I think while I write. I don't conclude before I write, because the writing itself is the thinking. For the sake of ease on the grader, it must be so. I am not writing for someone who wants to read for pleasure, but someone who is pissed that they have to read. For them it is a chore.

Spot the straw man, knock it down. The really difficult thing is spotting 'non-issue' issues. They are barely related to the facts, and it's hard to see how they are, but they must be talked about. The facts don't give you an argument, but they do give rise to some type of discussion. The question is, which discussion. It's like having an argument with someone and at some point them saying "I don't want to hear that" and they won't. And they decide if you pass.


"Keep your eye fixed on the way to the top, but don't forget to look right in front of you. The last step depends on the first. Don't think you're there just because you see the summit. Watch your footing, be sure of the next step, but don't let it distract you from the highest goal. The first step depends on the last."
-Renee Daumal


Blogger Roonie said...

Getting yourself organized and getting it all down is the key. You have plenty of time, and it's a skill that needs to be mastered. So make sure you do. Simple as that. You can do it, I believe in you!

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