Stop Fighting And Do The Work Of Writing

by Randy Murray on July 2, 2014

As a graduate student I taught an Expository Writing class. I made it very simple for my students. I gave them a full list of the assignments for the class and then I made a very simple statement: I will not accept any late assignments. Not one. Period. No excuses.

Frankly, life can get in the way. There are unexpected events. Big things happen. But I don’t care. If you want to write you’ll need to do the work.

“But what if…”

Do the work. Stop fighting with me.

Actually, I do care. I’m very sympathetic. And yet, I won’t accept any late assignments. With that in mind, you’d better plan ahead. Do your best work and always get things done early. And, should life get in the way and you miss an assignment, your other good work will carry you through. It’s really all up to you.

Frankly, there are very few life events that rise to the level of true, unavoidable emergency. Most students don’t have significant issues that prevent them from doing the work. They just don’t do the work. They rebel against the compulsory assignment.

Rebel against something else.

Do you want to be here? Then stop fighting and do the work.

So what about you, Bucky? Are you ready to do the work and become a better writer. If the answer is yes, become your own hard ass instructor.

Do the work. Do not allow yourself to fail.

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Stop Fighting And Do The Work Of Writing by Randy Murray, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Not That Walrus July 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

“Will not except”?


Randy Murray July 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm



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