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The Next Steps

Dear readers,

Good writer, bad writer is over a month old now. I’ve fiddled and tweaked and things are still a bit of a mess, but I’ve taken the look of the site about as far as I’m capable of taking it at the moment.

So, I’m ready for traffic. I’d love to start building readership, and I’d appreciate any help I can get, which means two things:

1.  If you have friends or colleagues that you think would benefit from the blog, please start referring them. Feel free to share posts or links. If you use an RSS reader, you’ll notice I’ve now got a link to my RSS feed on the main page.

2. I’m anxious to hear your suggestions for content. What issues do you want see addressed on here? What are some problems you are trying to solve with your own teaching or writing? What’s most helpful to you?

Thanks for your help,



On trying and failing: blogging without a net

Of the all the pride-inspiring things about this project, I’m most proud that I have gotten as far as the second post of the blog without mentioning the fear of failure. However, since the fear of failure undermines almost every stage of the writing process of all writers, now is as good a time as any to talk about it, especially as it not only gives insight into the reasons students don’t write effectively, but also explains the cookie cutter look and feel of this blog.

The idea of putting my ideas on writing online in blog form has been percolating for a long time. Out of that brew comes grand aspirations: in a perfect world, this blog will become a place where many different writers will share their ideas. And the possibility of hearing positive feedback (or at least constructive criticism/healthy debate) on ideas that I thought up is flattering. But starting a blog is fraught with complications, not least of which being that I could try and fail, leaving my handful of posts relegated to float in the ether of millions of other ghost blogs out there.

Failure and I don’t get along so well. He tends to stick with me for longer than he should whenever he brings his ugly mug around. Continue reading ‘On trying and failing: blogging without a net’

Good Writer, Bad Writer

Good writer, bad writer reflects the philosophy behind the first writing lesson I attempt to teach students. Too many of them come into college believing that their writing abilities are set in stone. The bad writers continue to struggle, and the good writers don't take enough risks in their writing, figuring that any misstep will throw them back into the "bad writer" category.

Good writer, bad writer is my attempt to break the power of that dichotomy. On here, I share the lessons and attitudes that I teach, but I also talk about the attitudes I have towards my own writing since many of those have informed my own teaching. Thanks for visiting.

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