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Saturday, March 29, 2014


The first part is my impression about each article.

what-is-a-personal-essay A FAVORITE

emoticon personal essay: looks like this would be a good test of our abilities by writing the different types of personal essays. I agree with Penny, I had no idea there were so many different types.


emoticon I think when and how you write depends on what one want to convey. This article talks about writing at times of day to relieve dreams or purging. More like journaling from my point of view. I am not sure one can make one self write every day but would be up to a challenge to try for a week then a month and see if I can streak it!


emoticon These points are interesting. Have never thought about building a book out of old writings but it might be an idea. I do agree writing can be a good memory aid and reading old journals or notes can be more enlightening the 2nd time around!


emoticon Well, I don't agree that drawing in itself is writing but could lead one to express thoughts required to begin writing. felt this was not interesting for me. LOVE ZEN FOR ANYTHING!!

emoticon Very good advice here on why you should write every day and how to ensure you do. Some of them include starting a blog on line. Pretty sure I am not ready to release all my thoughts out into the world but like some ideas here.

I liked some of these articles better than others. Certainly some of this would be due to the writing styles of the authors. I did not read the background of each but would do so when reading more of their works.

[ 100 words goes by so fast! ]


I have written on and off since I was young and read more than I played outside. I have written journals of thoughts, short stories, poems and even started a book on line but only the first 3-4 chapters. I have even done what I believe is Ghost writing. [Ghost writing being unconscious writing of a deceased person/ghost's thoughts.] I have chattered out a couple poems in places here in Hogwarts as well because I have just been inspired again!

The book was about a group of friends I made in 1998 playing bingo in pogo. I actually found all my notes and chapters while cleaning this past weekend. The story is about a town called BINGO TOWN who is celebrating its 100 years of existence. There is a big celebration and the characters from my pogo bingo room are all the original founders of the town. There are 4 left and they sit on the stage talking about their memories while the mayor talks about other unimportant stuff. LOL

I have never had any real public feedback on my writing so looking forward to having some here.

OK, off to read some articles so I can complete the other two steps of class! OH THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME WRITE!
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    2154 days ago
    Wonderful! Looking forward to reading your work.
    2158 days ago
    Write On!
    2160 days ago
    I haven't read any of these articles (maybe after graduation, if I can find them again, I should check them out!) but some thoughts that came to mind while reading this blog:

    Daily writing can be journaling, but it can also be a place to write down ideas that inspire you. Sometimes even journaling about things you see or are thinking can later inspire you when you look back at them. They can even be a place where you write down short stories, character ideas, plot inspirations, etc. I am not, personally, adept at daily journaling--I enjoyed it but never had the discipline to sustain it, though I do write down story ideas when I remember to do so. But I know people who have been very successful at daily writing.

    Also, a friend of mine likes to say about fencing that "time on the blade is time on the blade," meaning that more time spent fencing--even those less than great days, or when you're tired, or when you fence in a tourney and just do horribly against your opponents--improves you as a fencer. Well, the same is true about writing. Journaling about the horrible service you had at lunch is still writing--and it uses those mental writing muscles and, ultimately, can lead you to be a better, stronger writer.

    I have never equated drawing with writing but back when I still sometimes sketched (I was never as talented an artist as my brother, but I did draw before I hurt my hands and couldn't anymore) I did use to sketch my characters. You know those pictures you sometimes see on-line that are caricatures of, say, yuppies and it has little lines commenting on their hair, their bottle of water, their trendy shoes, etc? That's kind of what I would do. I'd draw them and color the picture and then make notes like "hair is spiky and usually kind of messy, like he forgot to brush it" or "carrying a moleskin and a fountain pen in his pocket." Whatever came to mind. It really helps flesh out characters, even if I never actually put those details into my actual writing.

    I have really enjoyed these blogs on writing. I really miss fiction writing. I write a lot these days, but only academic writing, which is completely different.
    2160 days ago
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    2160 days ago
    lol me too Mary emoticon
    2160 days ago
    emoticon LOL
    lost me.

    2161 days ago
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