Recently I saw that theory tested.
"Dear Ms. McRae,
I am a local sophomore, and for my IB project I'm
writing a novel. I need a community mentor to provide advice and support. Would you be willing to help me with my project?"
That's a paraphrase of the email I received at the beginning of last November. I said yes, and the ride began.
Still, she was willing learn. She read a book on how to write your first novel. I gave her books on self-editing and how to find an agent. She spoke of motifs, showing not telling, and worked hard to get her dialog to sound natural. She was brave enough to eliminate two whole characters in her rewrite, even though they were a lot of fun. She took out whole sections where, as she put it, "Nothing happens." She wrote new scenes.
In her own way.