Wednesday, November 21, 2007

No Writing Gene


There is no “writing gene”—no magic formula to become a good (even mediocre) writer EXCEPT that in order to be a good writer—you MUST READ. My freshman in college just came to this realization. What makes me the proud mama I am is that he has decided to do something about his state of affairs and start to read!!!! Yes, in order to be a writer—you MUST read—and then---read. SO-I openly state that C. C. is one amazing young man who will someday find his "voice".

This I know for sure...
UPDATE: C. flew in the door on Thursday with an A+ on his sociology research paper. YEP--it went up on the refrigerator.

4 comments:

Alicia said...
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Alicia said...

Whenever I teach a writing or editing class -- to adult professionals who want to be there, not to college students fulfilling a requirement -- I ask the following questions:

How many of you used to read cereal boxes while eating breakfast?

and

How many of you can say it along with me? "This product is packaged by weight, not by volume. Contents may have settled during shipping.

I think that among American-born students, 99% gave a positive response to the first question, of whom at least 95% could recite the disclaimer.

My point to them was READ. READ, READ, READ! Whatever you can get your hands on, whenever you can get your hands on it.

Shneed said...

Congratulations Marsha! That's wonderful news. And thank you for commenting on my blog. That, and your wonderful, hope-inspiring news will carry me through today.

-Shneed

Annie said...

Talents is nothing without training in the end.