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Monday, May 25, 2009

How Do You Learn to Write?


This is a question I wrestle with every single day.

As the creator of this blog, every time I sit down to write a post I have to believe that the words I put down will make a difference in a reader’s writing.  As a composition instructor, every time I teach class I have to believe that my lessons are useful and will change some of my students’ writing skills for the better. 

I have to believe what I’m doing works; I couldn’t keep doing what I’m doing otherwise. 

You can’t reach excellence, though, unless you’re open to the idea that your way of doing things isn’t the  best way, that somewhere out there is a more effective technique that you just don’t know about yet. 

With that in mind, I’m reading the comments to Rachel Gardner’s post How Do You Learn to Write? and taking notes on what works for some people so I can at least mention them briefly in class, if not incorporate them more fully. 

I encourage you to read her blog post, especially the posted comments.  As informative as the responses are, the 61 comments that are there now make up only a miniscule part of the planet’s population.  If you don’t see your opinion represented in any of the published replies, add your own. 

Only by speaking will you be heard.


Picture credit: Radioflyer007


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