There are five things that Rob Jenkins tells his composition students every semester.
- “If you think you won’t have to write anymore once you’re done with your English classes, you need to think again.”
- “If you think you’re going to be done with writing when you get out of college, you need to think again.”
- “Writing is not a magical ability that some people just have and others just don’t.”
- “If there is a secret to good writing, it is this: multiple drafts.”
- “Good writing comes from having more to say than you have space in which to say it, so that you’re forced to say it as well as possible.”
He elaborates on these in some detail in his post over at the Chronicle of Higher Education. I intend to drop them on my students one at a time, as the occasion warrants.