From A High School Author


Through the course of the year, we will be sharing the writing of our students.  We discuss with our students how important it is to support each other as a community of writers.  Today I would like to share with you the writing of one our high school students:  Aaron

The first piece was crafted after the students read Stephen King’s rules for writing.  The students could create a list of ten rules for any topic.  Aaron chose to write his rules for writing!

Aaron Wong’s Top 10 Ways of Writing

  1. Write freely
  2. You write freely with gusto and detail as well as adding additional things to make the story more interesting. You don’t have to worry about anything just let it flow.
  3. Correct later
  4. You worry about spelling errors later so that you can focus on the story part of the writing. You can correct when you’re doing your story but I recommend correcting later.
  5. Have someone look it over
  6. You don’t have to be afraid of someone criticizing your work but, instead, correct those mistakes that you made. It is highly recommended to have someone look over it so that you can make the story even better.
  7. Throw in some suspense
  8. You have to keep the reader reading and throwing in suspense can do it. Suspense is a necessary aspect of a story and without it the story will get boring very quickly.
  9. Take breaks
  10. If you cannot think of anything then take a break. Go to the bathroom or walk or even get yourself something to eat so that you can think better.


The second piece I would like to share is an essay Aaron wrote after reading THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING.

The Once and Future King and Me

In the book The Once and Future King, Merlin taught Wart how to be a king without him noticing. Throughout the book Merlin transforms Wart into animals. This is done so Wart can experience the life of each of the animals and what it means to be part of their group. From this he learns what it takes to be a king. I also learned some good lessons to apply to my own life.

One of the things I learned from Wart’s lessons that I could apply to my life was when Merlin turned himself and Wart into perch. When he was a fish he met a swan that looked to Wart like it had a deformed leg. When Wart pointed that out the swan heard him and said that it was perfectly fine. “’Look,’ said the Wart, ‘it is the poor swan with the deformed leg. It can only paddle with one leg, and the other side of it is hunched’” (pg. 50-51). “’Nonsense,’ said the swan snappily, putting its head into the water and giving them a frown with its black nares. ’Swans like to rest in this position, and you can keep your fishy sympathy to yourself, so there’” (pg. 50-51). What Wart learned from this is that you shouldn’t judge anyone on how they look. How this applies to my life is that I sometimes don’t believe in people enough based on how they look or act and I think that they need help when they don’t. What Wart also learned from this experience is that you should not come to a conclusion before you hear the facts. I learned this too.

Another one of Wart’s lessons is when Merlin changed him into a hawk. When he was a hawkHawk he learned to be courageous because when the Wart was tested he stood up against one of the other hawks that couldn’t control himself. When he stood next to it for three bell rings he kept himself focused on not trying to run away from it. “’I do not fear you, sir,’ said the Wart.’ Do not vex yourself, for no harm will come to either of us’” (pg. 83). What Wart learned from this lesson is that you should not run from your fears but stand up to them. A king needs courage to lead his soldiers into many battles. He needs to be prepared to battle and never run away from them. With this courage he can lead his men to victory. How this relates to my life is that when people are hurtful to me I would have the courage to tell someone about the people. Also if a thing is too hard for me I would not give up and I would have the courage to keep on going.

badgerOne final lesson to refer to is when Wart is turned into a badger. When he was a badger he learns how to be merciful when he meets a hedgehog and says that he will eat it. “’Ah, Measter Brock,’ cried the hedgehog, holding himself tight shut. ‘Good Measter Brock, show mercy to a poor urchin and don’t `ee be tyrannical. Us be`nt no common tiggy, measter, for to be munched and mumbled. Have mercy, kind sir, on a harmless, fleabitten crofter which can’t tell his left hand nor his right’” (pg. 184-185). Later in the conversation Wart, as badger, showed the hedgehog mercy. What Wart learned from this is that when he becomes king he should be merciful to his knights and those who follow his rule. How this relates to my life is that when I am frustrated at someone who is not doing our project correctly, I should show them mercy and help them out.Creative-Writing-Tips

In conclusion Wart learns how to be a king from being one of the animals. From being a perch Wart learns from the swan that you shouldn’t judge anyone on how they look. What he learns from the hawks is that you should be courageous so that you will not run from your fears but to stand up against them. When he was a badger he learns how to be merciful to his own knights and loyal subjects. So these lessons that Wart learned I can also apply to my life which are courage, mercy, and good judgment.

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