2008/06/23

Page requirement beats word count, right?

In the evening of the day after tomorrow, I will be in class. I will be handing in my "pre-assignment" - an autobiographical essay "that refers to activities and learning experiences since high school." (oh wait -- I just thought of something to add -- just a sec)
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Okay. I'm back.

Now, the thing about this pre-assignment is this. It's supposed to be "approximately 800-1000 words," but it's also supposed to be three to five pages of double-spaced typing. And ... well ... I have whittled it down to the "5 pages maximum" but my word count is 1693. Even I can see that 1693 is more than 1000. But it's under five pages. So that should be good - shouldn't it? Let's call it good.

5 comments:

Ami said...

When, when, when, when .... will you learn? The mark of good writing is to pack the most meaning into the least amount of words. (The Bible does it, but then you aren't being asked to whip out the inspired word of God....)
If I got anything out of a Talmudic oriented education, it was learning to be concise.
Now, do it again - with LESS than 1000 words or you'll be lucky to get a C minus.

Stephanie said...

Oh, cool your jets, Talmudman. I know how to be concise - if I wanna be. I just haven't decided if I wanna be.

Mario said...

Well, it can be concise and still be over a thousand words. All depends on the material.

Are you going to post it here so we can see it???

Stephanie said...

Seriously, Mario? It wouldn't be like reading a diagnostic test or something? That's what it's for, after all - diagnosis. It's supposed to tell the teacher what she needs to know about the student's suitability for the Prior Learning credits. I just can't seem to restrain myself from turning it into a creative writing project.

Hmmm... okay, I will. When I'm done fussing at it and seeing if it will compress a bit more.

mario said...

I have every confidence that your "diagnostic test" will read like a charm.