My first reaction upon reading your " My Best Advice to Student Writers" is of amazement. I am utterly amazed to find out that I am not the only one who has this much of an internal struggle before my hand even hits the keyboard. I would also say that the advice you give shows proof that you both love your job and have been doing it for a long time. The advice is thoughtful, and daring. I think it has to be a talent of yours to be able to dissect the student writers mind in the way that you must have done to be able to give us advice based on the way that we would be thinking. I also would like to say that the line " Who would I be willing to show this writing to, besides John?" makes me feel that you are concerned with us being proud and comfortable with our writing skills, and if we aren't at that point yet than we can make that a goal of this class.