Bad ideas about writing by Cheryl E. Ball
Bad Ideas about Writing
The author-god, according to midth-century language theorist Roland Barthes, embodies the Romantic notion of the artist to whom brilliant epiphanies come to be written down. In fact, at times throughout history, the best authors were believed to have been chosen and directly inspired by God himself. The idea of the genius author perpetuates the bad idea that some people are just born good writers while others are not. Many institutional reasons exist for holding on to an untroubled concept of genius authorship: degrees, jobs, grades, salary, promotions, tenure and awards often depend on it. And writing is hard work; we feel a sense of pride at what we have accomplished and having our name attached to it. While culturally and professionally we are all quite attached to the idea of individual author genius, it has been complicated by the technological shifts of the last several decades -- notably the personal computer, word processors, the internet and all its present manifestations -- which facilitate the conflation of author, reader and editor.
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An Academic Portfolio
Academic journal article Composition Studies. Bad Ideas about Writing, edited by Cheryl E. Ball and Drew M. Open Access Textbooks, This open-access digital book edited by Cheryl E. Loewe contains a series of informed, readable rebuttals to familiar fallacies about writing. Fittingly for a publication meant for both academic and nonacademic readers, several chapters of Bad Ideas appeared in Inside Higher Education between January and November of