- “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.”
- “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.
- “An essay is something you write to try to figure something out.”
- 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.
- “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