Impressed into teaching writing to upperclassmen and master's students, I stressed this. I think they got the first part of it really well.
The other part, about revising the first draft, not so much.
I don't know about "more successful," but if for some reason you're bored and looking for things to do, these links may well help.
Funny and parts are uncomfortably true.
For each essay, I was asked to supply a thesis (oh god, THESES … I bet they wanted a topic sentence, too) . . . As I was writing, I knew I was failing the test. I was making broad generalizations about America and spewing horseshit talking points without any backing evidence of any kind. I was Tom Friedman, basically. The AP History test makes you Tom Friedman.
We’re entering an era of cargo cult peer review. It now appears that even major scientific publishers are peddling products that have all the trappings of a scholarly journal but are fundamentally hollow at core.
I don't know what all the fuss is about. I certainly enjoyed the seminal papers "Cuckoo for Coco Puffs" and "Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List".
Four-minute WYNC report which indicates most middle school teachers probably should get combat pay. It claims that in New York City half of the middle school teachers quit in three years or less.
Yowza. Some tough love here.