Alana Settle

Mar 11, 2021

3 min read

Everything’s that’s been done has been done

They tell you to write and not edit as you write. As a teacher, I repeat this nonsense, but rarely follow it myself. I mean I sort of follow it, but then I’ll edit a couple of paragraphs before moving on.

Writing in school is a lot of BS, learning the formulas and following through. I think for a while this was something I rejected as a waste of time, but now, I see formulas — the formula of constructing a paragraph, of building an essay with reasons and evidence, of writing an argument, etc. — key to successful writing. I want to know that you can write…

Writer, English teacher, MFA holder

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