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Michael Weiser,  Associate Professor of English: mailto:weiserm@tncc.edu

Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Virginia

As with any complex task, writing is easiest when broken down into steps.



Writing IS revising.


"Peter was most dreadfully frightened . . ."


"How do I now what I think until I see what I've written?" E.M. Forster


"[T]he body but of a weak and feeble woman; but [t]he heart and stomach of a king"


"We are not amused."


"No, Mr. Weiser! I'm not ready to hand it in yet!

Weiser's Purloined Words of Wisdom

Gandalf tells us that "To break a thing to find out what it is is to leave the path of wisdom"

William Wordsworth tells us, "We murder to dissect"

E.M. Forster asks, "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?"

Matthew Arnold tells us that "Literature is a criticism of life."

Arnold also says that "The goal of criticism is to see the object as in itself it really is."

Walter Pater argues that "The first step toward seeing the object as it really is is to know one's own impression as it really is."

Oscar Wilde (who also said that "Any man who fails to laugh at the death of Little Nell has no heart") clinched it with, "The object of criticism is to see the object as in itself it really isn't."

Robert Browning's Andrea Del Sarto says, "Ah! But a man's reach should exceed his grasp/Or what's a heaven for?"

Carl Jung counters, ''Fulfill something you are able to fulfill rather than run after what you will never achieve. We can modestly strive to fulfill ourselves and be as complete human beings as possible, and that will give us trouble enough."

Friedrich Nietzsche philosophized, "I can see no other way of approaching Great Tasks than Play."

Red Smith points out that "Writing is easy. You just sit down at the typewriter and open a



The Guide to Grammar and Writing, from Capital Community College-Technical College in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the most comprehensive web resources on grammar, punctuation, and essay and research paper writing on the web.




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