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Friday, June 22, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On Diagraming Sentences

My tenth grade English teacher almost single handedly murdered my impulse to write. Through her obsession with diagraming sentences, she turned the act of composition into a stressful and unpleasant technical exercise. Her dangling participles and split infinitives drove me to question if I had what it took to be a writer. I was saved by reading pulp fiction written by men who had never made it out of high school, and surly couldn't diagram sentences any better than me. I didn't become a writer because of this English teacher, I became a writer in spite of her. I guess if you can't overcome high school English, you have no business being a writer. Diagram that.

Thornton P. Knowles

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