Some Basic Assumptions about My Readers’ Knowledge of English:
- You can speak, read, and write in English comfortably. You even dream in it.
- You learned English grammar, even if it was “way back when” and even if you can’t exactly remember all the rules. But, for the most part, you can feel what a good English sentence or paragraph is when you write one so that when you write a shopping list, a letter, a note, or an email message, people can understand you.
- You have access to a good grammar source, like a grammar book or grammar website.
Some Basic Assumptions about My Readers in General:
- You weren’t born yesterday, so you’ve lived a life full of experiences that are in your memory and you are living a life now that will become memories in the future.
- You have strong beliefs and opinions in at least a couple of things; this assumption even includes the “laid back” types in my readership.
- You use all kinds of patterns of communications in your thinking, speaking, and writing, even if you aren’t aware of it.
- Everything in your mind us meaningful and therefore is a great source of writing ideas. If the stuff in your mind wasn’t meaningful, then why would you remember it (that even includes the “stupid trivia” stuff – it’s not so stupid when you suddenly need it for some reason).
- You like hearing about meaningful stuff from people. Likewise, people will like hearing about meaningful stuff from you.
- You may not like writing essays nor have much experience in it. That’s okay.
Writing essays is a learned skill, just like driving a car or washing your laundry. Nobody is born knowing how to do these things. Also, you may not always like doing it (like washing your laundry), but you know how to do it – it’s no big deal. Likewise, the goal of this How-To is to make you more comfortable in the skill of writing essays so that you don’t have to stress out about it.