Dear Staff of The Wendy Times:
I read the article in your paper last week Wendy Won’t Write a Word, and I was aghast to find so numerous inaccuracies about the writer and her writing habits.
Your claim that Wendy was never a good writer is false. I have personally been in her presence when her teachers, family members, and friends have told her that she was always been a great writer. Most recently, I heard one of Wendy’s best friends from high school make that statement.
What does being a good or great writer mean anyway when the person is a child? I grant that possibly the writing was not writing material worthy of the Pulitzer Prize; however, Wendy was in 7th grade. She was learning. How about cutting her some slack? Keep your bitter criticism to yourself or direct it at an adult who, after years of writing, has made no progress. This certainly has not been the case with Wendy.
This blog and this letter are contrary to your article. I herein refer to https://playswithwords.wordpress.com as direct proof that Wendy has, in fact, written quite a few interesting words and told gripping tales, if only to and for herself.
The failure of a child to grow in a subject area is not necessarily the fault of the child. Teachers should ignite the flame of learning inside their pupil’s souls. I understand this is no small task with plenty of variables; however, a teacher who grades a child’s papers should point out where the writing could be improved along with suggestions on how to do it. A teacher who marks a few errors with a grade and no explanation is a poor example of a teacher. Can you blame the child for thinking she could not write well?
Before you go blasting the author’s progress as an adult, please keep in mind that seemingly minor issues in the life of a child who was rarely encouraged to try new things, if at all, can be a stunning blow to that child’s further development. The purpose of childhood is to learn, to make mistakes, and to grow from those lessons. Without some encouragement to take risks, a highly sensitive child might return to her cocoon instead of reaching outside of her comfort zone. How can you blame her for that?
Dear editors, remember: The world is better off with kind words instead manufacturing lies with which to litter the literary landscape.
Wendy’s Inner Defense Team
(Written for Exercise #5 of Week 1 of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way).