As a student, you have no doubt been told about the importance of your learning to write well—even though you yourself may have no intention whatsoever of becoming a professional writer. Indeed, you may be interested in doing something in life that doesn’t involve much writing at all.
How do you explain the importance of your learning to write well? Imagine someone—not a parent or a teacher now, but a friend you are on decent terms with—saying something like this to you:
Look, I can understand why someone ought to be able to read and write, but I don’t see why writing is important to work at. Oh, I know I have to do it if I want to get good grades and all that, but that doesn’t answer my question. There are plenty of good jobs in which you don’t have to write much at all. Besides, you can communicate just as well with a cellphone or YouTube than you can with writing. So why should writing be something that’s pushed so much?
Write a paper in which you give as thoughtful a response to that statement as you can. Try to stay with your own experience as a writer. Address your paper directly to your friend.