Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Thoughts - December 13, 2016

“The pencil is mightier than the pen.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values.
I am going to assume Mr. Pirsig is referring to erasers here. Or maybe he is talking about the inner child, the one who first grasped that fat pencil and realized these marks on paper mean everything there is to know and learn. As for erasers, or rubbers as my Aussie friends call them, I have a love/hate relationship with them when I am writing. I tell my writing students not to cross out or erase when they are putting their first thoughts down on paper. Let it flow, don't censor, dive right in. I remind them there is a time for editing and erasing, but not in the beginning. Then there are those who proudly complete crossword puzzles in pen. They are my heroes. I erase until there are holes on the page. - Beth Almond Ford

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