5 Sentences

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  1. “The other big difference between a real essay and the things they make you write in school is that a real essay doesn’t take a position and then defend it.”
  2. “Good writing should be convincing, certainly, but it should be convincing because you got the right answers, not because you did a good job of arguing.
  3. “An essay is something you write to try to figure something out.”
  4. An essay doesn’t begin with a statement, but with a question. In a real essay, you don’t take a position and defend it. You notice a door that’s ajar, and you open it and walk in to see what’s inside.
  5. “In the things you write in school you are, in theory, merely explaining yourself to the reader. In a real essay you’re writing for yourself. You’re thinking out loud.”

    -Via The Age of Essay

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