Read the articles below and then (using what you learned) compose an (approximately) 500 word reflection on what you discovered, thought, etc. You can also write about or reference the “Writing Well” section readings.
To do list: Write what I learned by Midnight of October 4th. Okay, easy enough… Monday: What to write. What to write. What to write… I’ll just follow Rule No. 7 today, “I’m Blocked.
” Tuesday: Okay time to focus. What do I know? 1. I know to use stylistic devices because it gives an auxiliary meaning to the paper. 2. Don’t use cliches.
3. Never ever use dead words (Shoot, delete the ever). 4. The rule of thirds places emphasis on particular words. 5. Colorful verbs intrigue readers.
6. Always revise. 7.Great writers use..
. Wait! That’s a list of what I know. I need to SHOW what I know. I almost broke Rule NO.1! Let’s try this again—tomorrow. Wednesday: In a superior piece of writing, the words should dance off the page.
Word’s paint one’s imagination with vivid actions and colors. When I use cliches, they don’t dazzle in the spotlight. Cliches are like drills. Repetitive. Overused. Unexciting.
But personal stories—personal stories behold uniqueness. There plots play with our emotions till the reader craves insight to the ending. The author creativity bates us with stylistic devices. Not cool. Particular pieces stir emotions by discussing moral issues.
In history, writers have avoided moral issues, but juicy subjects are appetizing to the reader. Why is this? Oh, right… Sometimes it’s necessary to toss sophistication aside like Dickens does in many of his novels. With sophistication come meager attempts at exquisite writing. People like honesty. Exquisite writing doesn’t portray honesty. It just flaunts the author’s abilities to use the thesaurus while exaggerating the story.
Well if the author shouldn’t come up with an exaggerated story, how should they obtain a realistic, intriguing story? Wait! I know this… Follow Rule No. 9—Have adventures. The author of How to Write states, “Lose a kidney in a knife fight. You’ll be glad you did.” I don’t know, that sounds a little risky.
Maybe becoming a writer is not in my future. I am particular to my kidneys. They seem to be functioning fine. Rule NO. 2 reveals that you shouldn’t search for a subject and to let the subject find you. Well, I don’t need a best-seller to start with the experience of my E.
R. ride to the hospital after my kidney gets impaled on a knife. Maybe my story can share a less risky adventure. Or what are the rules to writing a story? Rule NO. 11—there are no rules for writing. Great.
Back to the start—what did I learn? Thursday: I must answer the question. All the articles taught different tips and messages for success, but when becoming a writer, Mrs. Jorgensen herself taught the most valuable rule. Be you.