Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head. - Malcolm Gladwell Writing Without Teachers (1973) is a book from Peter Elbow , a well-known American educator, about Freewriting . Its overall purpose is to give instructions for better writing. Trying to get everything just right in the beginning is a formula for failure, the author claims. Accordingly, people should exercise writing simply by writing without a break, without looking back, without crossing something out and without wondering how to spell something right. Thus, freewriting is about non-editing and that should make writing less blocked. Elbow argues most writers constantly try to correct their grammar and spelling during the writing process. This habit derives for the author from schooling since then many are “obsessed” with their mistakes. This is a
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