Another assumption to avoid is the idea that writing is simply a means of putting down on paper what you already know. Hardly ever is the process that simple. More often writing is explorationfinding your way to what you truly think by trial and error. As E.M. Forster put it, How can I know what I think until I see what Ive said? When you write, you discover the truth or you come to a deeper understanding of how or why something is true. If such discovery doesnt happen you arent writing; youre reporting or typing.
last major assumption to lose is the idea that following grammatical and
spelling standards (using standard written English) is stuffy and anal
retentive, a violation of your freedom as a writer. These standards assure
that you can communicate across geographical and generational boundaries
with others who use your language. Without these standards Alabama and
New Jersey would speak different languages. On a more personal level,
these standards serve as a yardstick for intellect and education; an agreement
error in a business letter is tantamount to burping out loud at a formal
five major considerations in evaluating an essay:
Grammar and Usage
Error correction: the most effective way to learn (and the most painful, unfortunately) is to make mistakes and then have to correct them. Commit yourself right now to going through every essay I return to you and revising all the errors you make, then ask me or the preceptor to check the result. At the end of the semester you will be glad you did.