A Letter To Students

Writing is one of the oldest inventions. It was invented because people wanted to tell stories and pass them on to the next generations.

I look at writing like running a marathon. I start by developing ideas and put them into context. Then I just start writing, again and again and again.

There is no magic formula. You can ask any good writers and they will tell you the same thing.

I teach my students to use “words you know” because writing is about telling a story to your audience, and you want them to understand what you are writing.

I do see a lot of writers - especially in the academic field - use “big” words to have credibility. Well, try giving that piece to your grandmother. If she doesn’t understand it, chances are, no one would.

So start writing today! Do a morning journal, write a book report, or send a persuasive letter your parents. Just write something down on paper. Someday, you’ll realize things become clear when you write them down.

If a kindergarten can write stories, so can you!

Remember: slow progress is better than no progress.