Happy Accidents

Donald Murray, “Writing Badly to Write Well,” Expecting the Unexpected:

You do have to write badly to write well. Of course. Badly in the sense of neatness and completeness, for effective thinking isn’t neat and complete. This word processor thinks neat and complete. It is dumb, everything is programmed. It follows orders, everything is a simple matter of yes or no. We think by leaps, by inference and intuition, by hunch, by guess and accident, especially accident. (46)

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