By Chris JohnsonPublished January 20, 2019 11:08:42The first time I met Paul Graham, he was working on his second book about writing about good college essays.
I’d just come back from a long trip to South Africa, and I’d been to an old friend’s wedding.
The wedding was in a remote area, and the couple had brought a group of friends along, and they were all on a roll.
Paul was on stage reading some essays, and one of them, written by his former college roommate, had just been published.
He said, “I’ll read this to you,” and he started reading it, and then he said, in his voice, “And I’m going to have to do a couple of hundred essays.
I’m just gonna have to be patient.”
I’d never met him, but I knew from a conversation that he was very patient.
He’d been writing a lot of essays for a couple years, and he’d written about how to be a good college essayist, how to do research, how you should write about the students in your life.
He’d also written a couple more essays about writing for a book, and that was something that had always been on his mind.
He was writing the book on writing about your friends, and his roommate had written about writing books for students.
I knew, he said.
I thought it was a very nice thing to write about writing.
And then he got a call from his mother, who was saying, “Oh, I think we should do a conference on writing.
What are you going to do?”
And he said he didn’t know what to say.
So she said, Oh, I can’t do anything, and she asked me what I was going to write.
And I said, I’ll do a book.
Paul said, Well, that’s great, but there are some problems that I have.
And so he started looking at his work.
He started writing essays on the topics of writing about students, writing about the writing process, and writing essays about good writing.
His essay on writing good college writing, about students and good writing, was published in 2000.
And that’s when he wrote about his experiences writing good essays, the ways in which he learned to be good, the things that he’d learned, the challenges that he overcame, the lessons he learned, and how he’d grown.
And he said that in his book, Good College Writing, he’d also included a section on the lessons learned from writing good.
He wrote, There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “Write what you want to write, but don’t write what others think you should.”
And it’s this idea that writing good is like doing something that you want, but that others don’t want.
And in the book, I talk about a scene in my book where I was reading some passages from a book that my mother had bought for me.
And there was this scene in it where I read through a section, and there was a passage that I had written in the essay section, that was really interesting.
And the passage that was most relevant to me, and which I’d thought of when I was writing it, was, “How do you write for someone else?”
And the passages I had just read had been written in that way.
So Paul said, Look, in this essay, you’ll see that I’ve been writing it this way.
You’ll see it in the chapter that I’m reading.
And you’ll hear a passage in that passage where I’m saying, Why do I write the way I do?
What is the reason that I write this way?
And I’ll also write a passage where he says, “Write like this.
Write like that.”
And that was a key thing.
Writing is not the same as writing for someone.
Writing for someone is to express yourself.
Writing something for someone means to convey something to them.
Writing this way means to express something to myself.
I think that’s one of the great things about writing, is that you can express yourself to someone else, and in doing that you’ll actually be able to convey that to them in ways that you don’t normally get to express.
And so it’s really important that you write like that, and you’ll be surprised by how often that happens.
It’s just like writing, and it’s so easy.
I’ve always been able to do that.
I don’t even know what that phrase is supposed to mean.
But it’s one thing to have a great essay, and another thing to be able in some ways to express your own ideas.
Paul had a long career in writing, so he was able to write well about a wide range of topics.
But I think he had one of his greatest gifts.
And it was to find ways to get