Writer's Web:The Essence of Writing Well as Told by E.B. White

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The children’s novel Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is not only an esteemed story of friendship, it also offers an illustration for what White considers to be good writing. Writing is like manufacturing textiles or creating a web, as it is something that takes skill to be woven and crafted. Although Charlotte’s Web is introduced to children in order to provide them with a heartfelt story of friendship and a base to strengthen their reading skills, the novel also explicates what it takes to be a good writer. The features that White exemplifies as characteristics of good writing in Charlotte’s Web are that it takes time to think about, is well planned out, is able to persuade, is concise, is integrated and smooth, and is not stressed. Great writing, like anything of real value, does not just happen in an instant. Diamonds take time to form, people take time to grow, knowledge takes time to learn, and good writing takes time to think about1. It should incubate in the mind for a little while until it is ready to hatch, just like an egg.2 In Charlotte’s Web, one of the main characters Charlotte demonstrates that writing is something that takes time to think about. In response to Wilbur’s question, “How are you going to save me?,” Charlotte replies, “I don’t really know. But I’m working on a plan” (pg. 63). Charlotte here establishes that when you come up with an idea, one might not always know where the idea is going to go, or how it is going to get there. Therefore, she shows

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