With enough quotations from other writers, I could fill up an entire paper without coming up with a single original thought of my own. From kindergarten to getting my degree in English Literature, I got an A on all but like five papers.But my question is: who are you going to spend more time writing for? Much of what comes out of high schools and universities fails this test, not because our students are incapable of saying anything interesting, but because a well-meaning but flawed academic system has taught them a lot of bad habits. It’s a sad state of affairs when the youngest writer on your reading list has been dead 100 years, but that’s the way it is in school.My guess: everyday people — your family and friends, your blog audience, your boss at work, maybe even a Letter to the Editor every now and again. I don’t know who exactly decides what’s worth reading and what’s not, but they (whoever “they” are) believe in reading the “classics,” and most of those classics are centuries old.Here’s why: a lot of teachers care more about solid research than original ideas. Yes, other writers have paid me up to 0 an hour to edit their work, and they’ve been amazed when all I did was correct the above mistakes. In fact, that’s probably the most important lesson you can learn about writing: The longer you write, the more you’ll realize that other writers can’t tell you what to do.They don’t want to see daring and inventive arguments challenging the foundation of everything we hold to be true and arguing boldly for a new worldview. You should listen to more experienced writers, sure, but never more than you listen to yourself.Everyone else would rather chew off their own eyelids than read more than three pages of this boring crap.” And they’re right.Compare an award-winning essay to a best-selling novel, and you’ll notice that they are written in almost completely different languages. It’s natural to write differently for academics than you would for everyday people.By mimicking their style, you might make a few teachers happy, but you’re essentially handicapping your writing in the eyes of the public. Watch what they do, and play with using some of their techniques in your own writing.If you want to make a connection, you’re much better off studying hot writers like Stephen King, J. Yes, you’ll still be mimicking the works other writers, but at least you’ll be mimicking something people to read. Nowadays, most paragraphs should be a maximum of three sentences.Although I was involved in many activities in high school, here at San Diego State University, I find that it is harder for me to be involved in extracurricular activities, because my class schedule does not allow it and I have to take the bus 21 miles to get home.But I would like to join some organizations like Associated Students.