Stories Told. Lives Changed.
Work: The Great Gatsby Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Published: 1925 Line: “He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and […]
Here’s a conversation I have multiple times with multiple students every September… Student: “But Mr. Armstrong I can’t do it. I just can’t do my college application essay.” Me:”Why?” Student: ” Why? You want to know why! I have no idea how to begin!?!Really NO idea. I might as well drop out of high school […]
“There’s nothing more inspiring or – beautiful than the sight of a mare and a new colt. And it’s cool there now, see? Texas is cool now, and it’s spring. And whenever spring comes to where I am, I suddenly get the feeling, my God, I’m not getting’ anywhere! What the hell am I doing, […]
“Well, I spent six or seven years after high school trying to work myself up. Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And it’s a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or […]
I often equate writing a sentence to starting a jog ( or at least the way I start a jog) . The first few words/steps may be awkward, unbalanced and a sad attempt to find a rhythm. A simple way to to gauge your writing rhythm is to take a concentration of sentences ( I recommend at least […]
Book: The Road Author :Cormac McCarthy Publication Date: 2006 Line: “Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.” Analysis: Damn you Cormac!!! Lesser writers, like myself, would have simply ended that line with “each other’s entire world” because I like clichés…I sigh at Hallmark cards […]
I get it, the college application essay can be a scary and overwhelming venture. It is arguably the most important you will ever write. No pressure kids. When addressing the idea of writing an essay that could shape their future, most of my students do the following: 1. Attest that their lives are boring and they have […]