Essay on My First And Hardest Writing Lesson

744 Words Nov 14th, 2016 3 Pages
When I was sixteen, my English teacher wrote this comment on the bottom of my Macbeth essay: Have you thought about majoring in English?
She didn’t know that I spent all my free time reading and rereading my favorite books, or that I was working every night on a new chapter of my novel. In school, I struggled to get through the reading material and I wasn’t the most reliable class participant—often shy and unwilling. I wasn’t the best English student in the class, or even particularly good at it. But she was still somehow able to pick up on something that I didn’t even have an understanding of yet. During my time as an English student at Webster University, I was able to develop an understanding and new love for English literature and writing.
The first and hardest writing lesson was this: avoid clichés. This was paired with the valuable focus on words themselves, and how to write a sentence that is both meaningful and beautiful. I spent time in workshops editing each sentence down to the sound. Once I understood how to pair words together, I could create sentences, and with those sentences construct lovely images. As someone prone to clichés, this new understanding of how to write was essential in avoiding them. Clichés happen when the author is lazy. The real fun of writing is being creative, namely, imagining something fresh and new.
This lesson not only improved my writing, but also my reading. The language of Toni Morrison or Cormac McCarthy became much more…

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