I sat, staring at the blank page for what seemed like hours, trying to get my thoughts on paper. The words just didn’t come to mind; nothing made sense. I wrote a few sentences then realized my thoughts were disconnected. Visions of red marks all over my paper from dedicated teachers indicating spelling errors, incorrect paragraph indentation, run-on sentences, or missing topic sentences flooded my mind. Should writing an article require this much thought and work?
You would think a teacher would be able to eloquently elaborate on engaging topics that stirred the imagination of readers and inspired them to greater things. You would think that getting your thoughts on paper would become relatively easy after years of practice, but for most adults this is not the case. To a few, writing articles or stories appears to come easily, but most of us were never trained to write well.
In my years as an educational consultant, I discovered that teaching students to write well was an area in which most teachers and administrators wanted to improve, and in which most students felt unprepared.