New Blog Post! “Writing with the Habits of Mind”

An Inclusive Approach to a Reading and Writing Workshop with the Habits of Mind

By Daniel Vollrath and Scott Einhorn

As writers it is always important to develop and improve your writing to create the best piece possible. This process takes time, commitment, and mental energy. While the fundamentals of writing emphasize grammar, structure, fluency, and style, it is also important to focus on developing habits.

What do I mean by habits? As in all aspects of life, in order to be successful in a particular job, sport, hobby, etc., one needs to develop and build on the habits necessary to complete the task with success. For example, one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald, is best known for his novel The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald is believed to have had a learning disability, which was most likely dyslexia. It is reported that he was kicked out of school at the age of 12 for not focusing or finishing his work, and he had a very hard time spelling, but he succeeded as a writer despite his disability. Fitzgerald is just one of several famous writers who had obstacles to overcome in order to succeed. And today many consider The Great Gatsby to be “The American Novel”.

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