Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 10:22 pm

In which I begin to suspect that Hooper’s career as a speechwriter is off to an inauspicious start

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 10:22 pm

Hooper: So, what do I say in the first paragraph?

Me: You could start by restating the question.

Hooper: OK. Then in the second paragraph I can give my answer. And in the third paragraph I can give a reason for my answer and in the fourth paragraph I can give another reason.

Me: Sounds good so far.

Hooper: But what do I do for an ending?

Me: Well, you could rephrase your answer in a slightly different way.

Hooper: Why in the world would I do that?

Me: Because sometimes, when writers are trying to get an idea across, they say the same thing more than once in different ways.

Hooper: Well, I don’t want to waste time on that. I think [teacher’s name] is smart enough to get it the first time.

Me: Well, it’s not a question of whether he’s smart or not. Saying things more than once in slightly different ways helps people learn and remember things better.

Hooper: What? I”m not buying that. If you have to tell ’em more than once, they’re stupid.


  1. His father’s child!

    Comment by Margaret — Thursday, September 2, 2010 7:32 am @ 7:32 am

  2. Indeed. And I can vouch for that.

    Comment by Emmie — Saturday, September 4, 2010 9:20 pm @ 9:20 pm

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