A few days ago, I wrote a post about the one thing I would love to teach about writing, if I could.
I was thinking about Flannery O’Connor’s advice: “Wouldn’t it be better for you to discover a meaning in what you write than to impose one? Nothing you write will lack meaning because the meaning is in you.”
It takes a lot of courage to write like that. To be really truthful – especially when you’re in over your head.
And then a friend of mine who teaches 5th graders sent me a paragraph, composed by one of his students, that shows so perfectly what I was trying to express about good writing I was absolutely amazed.
Here is the poem this student was writing about:
A Patch of Old Snow
by Robert Frost
There’s a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
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