Writing about writing—by the Write Source staff

Don’t Forget the Heartbeat

Near the end of The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci, Joe Torre and Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman discuss the use of statistics in building a team. Since the annual publication of resources such as The Bill James Handbook, which provides past season statistics and next-year projections, baseball teams, more and more, are being built by the numbers. Bill James currently advises the Boston Red Sox, who have won two world championships during the last six years, so Cashman’s interest is understandable. Torre has not held the same view. (more…)

Ken Macrorie: Teacher and Truth Teller

The closest I came to a life-changing teacher is someone I knew only through his writing. The name of this teacher is Ken Macrorie, and his books Uptaught, Writing to be Read, Telling Writing, and The I-Search Paper are some of my favorites. What he says in these texts has changed the way I think about writing and learning. Here are a few of the things that I’ve learned from him: (more…)

Teaching to the Template

In my early childhood, I was under the impression that “people are people.” I assumed one template for everyone, thinking that some individuals merely tried harder than others. (That made bullies, in particular, difficult to understand.) (more…)