Last August I ran some posts in a “Back to School” series focusing on things like making some “New Year” resolutions (part 1 and part 2), starting the new school year well (Don’t Start the Year with a Cat on Your Head), keeping your teacher happy the right way (6 Ways to Your Teacher’s Heart), and writing good papers (How to Destory Your Research Paper in One Simple Step). I had intended to write a few more, but that’s as far as we got.
The feedback on the series was quite positive, so I’m experimenting with making it a regular August feature. But this year we’re going to try something a little different. Over the last few months I’ve read a number of books about writing. Some focused more on the skill of writing and others more on the attitudes/tasks behind successful writing. But with all of them I noticed something interesting: the advice for being a good writer looks a lot like the advice for being a good student. So this year’s Back to School series is going to focus on lessons that we can learn as students from those who are, or strive to be, professional writers. We’ll be drawing on books like Ray Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing, Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, and Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, among others.
I’ll update this page as further posts become available. Enjoy!