William Michael Goins

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9/2015 A Three-Page paper is three pages.

September, and classes have now been going on for several weeks. This is my bitch entry, and I’ll try hard not to do many of them. Wow, it is so amazing how poorly high school students are taught English. Every single semester I have many of my first semester college freshman students who can’t write simple sentences, write nothing but run-on sentences or comma splice sentences, understand the fundamentals of grammar, or are able to follow simple directions. A three page paper is three pages. Pretty simple, huh? Apparently not. I get emails asking how long the next paper should be. Really? Happens with the one-pages I have them do too. There is one – 1 – correct way to format an academic paper, yet most can’t or won’t manage to do it correctly until the points taken off multiply sufficiently to make them understand how serious I am about doing it correctly. I do get some good students, but they are in the serious minority. Two, three a class of twenty-five or so is the norm and it takes the full sixteen weeks of the semester to get most up to where they can do well in future classes that require writing (like pretty much everything, sometimes even including math classes).  The first part of the semester lacks good-feeling feedback. The end is usually much better. Okay. Enough time away from the stack waiting on me to grade them. Back to the trenches looking for that occasional outstanding paper that lets me know I am doing something right here. There’s simply too few of them coming into freshman classes anymore.

 

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Dec

9/2015 Favorite Quotes

A friend says this is his favorite quotation:

I wrote a few children’s books. Not on purpose.

– Steven Wright

This has always been mine:

There are three rules to writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

– W. Somerset Maugham

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8/2015 Plot Twist

How a friend of mine approaches all of life using the writing of fiction as his core element:

plot twist

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Dec

8/2015 Texas

8/2015

Quick post about writing about Texas. If you’ve never visited, you should. Texas is an anomaly is so many ways and is so different across the state you will like it whether you think you will or not. The South (meaning, The Old South) is east of us, from Louisiana to Florida and the Southwest (meaning New Mexico, Arizona, etc.) is to the west of us. That means Texas is different, and that is the God’s truth. For example, if one drives from Houston to El Paso, a trip of 22 hours, one is in El Paso in almost exactly 11 hours. Big state with its own personality.

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