Undergraduate Writing Center, The University of Texas at Austin UWC website: uwc.fac.utexas.edu Last revised by Shelley Powers, June 2006 College Writing Myths Myth: Only bad writers need feedback. Reality: Good writers seek feedback. Think about all the readers a professional writer consults before publishing: colleagues, reviewers, editors, and proofreaders. Myth: Good writers write quickly and effortlessly. Reality: Good writers prewrite, draft, revise, edit and sweat over their writing. When Ernest Hemingway was asked why he rewrote the last page of A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times, he explained that he was just “getting the words right.” That’s what writers do. Myth: Good writers know exactly what they want to say before they start writing. Reality: Good writers develop their ideas as they write, and are open to changing their minds. Myth: Readers want simple explanations. Reality: Readers trust writers who recognize and communicate the complexity of controversial issues.
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