CCCC takes the pressure off

Any individual’s writing ability is a sum of a variety of skills employed in a diversity of contexts, and individual ability fluctuates unevenly among these varieties.

This simple statement by the Conference on College Composition and Communication in its position statement on writing, suggests – no, outright says – we write well about some things and not well about others.

Writing is not an isolated skill. Rather it pours out from our critical thinking, our emotions, our knowledge, and our experiences. I believe this statement explains why we write well about what we know and why we struggle to find a voice on topics we don’t know anything about.

The statement is truly an expression of common sense, uncommonly said.

Write what you know.

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