A Writer’s Passion

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Today, my 1301 students will turn in their first essays, and I will reward them with Hershey kisses. Because they got them to me on time, and I think that deserves a reward all by itself.

First essays in my class are narratives about a person who has influenced the student in an important way. And, despite some technical flaws, I will enjoy reading these pieces.

Because they will be written with passion. My students will tell stories of grandfathers and grandmothers, moms and dads, children and spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, teachers and mentors – all people the writers care about deeply, people I will care about, too, because my students will make me care.

That’s why passion may be a writer’s most valuable asset. Because, whether it’s the characters in our fiction, or the principles we present in an essay, readers will only love what we do.

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