Writing

  • Writing Is Art

    The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive. Writing is an art just like painting it takes you in to that moment away from the everyday domestic life, all of this is good for our mental health.

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  • Being In The moment

    Writing draws us into the moment. We see the blades of grass, hear the minuscule chirp of the morning cricket, watch the shade travel from one edge of the yard to the other, seemingly for the first time. Writing helps us make 'Art" out of the ordinary moments.

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  • Change Not Only Your World But Others

    Writing gives us a chance to turn the tides. People consume now more than ever in the history of the world. We consume everything and faster. However, we’ve also learned enough about consumerism to know it won’t make us happy. Rather than consume more, we can make something. This does not mean everything you write has to be shared and cause others to consume. Learning to edit is a vital skill as much as putting the words down. We write not just to change the world, but to create a new world.

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  • We Write For Meaning

    Many of the worlds intellectuals have said the main search of mankind is not happiness or pleasure but meaning.  Circumstances and situations are made endurable with meaning and purpose. Writers are able to find meaning for themselves and to help others find meaning. In fact, this has always been the main task of storytellers, sharing our story adds to the experience of others. 

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How Do I Overcome The Blank Page?

Pencil or word processor

 

Writing in pencil on paper can help you remember this is just a draft version. Word processing allows you to edit quickly – nothing is fixed until you send it to print then you can change and reprint. Reading out allowed what you have written will help you hear your voice or tone. Then you can move whole paragraphs around, check spellings, use the thesaurus. All of this can be played with from the start or later as part of the proof reading stage.

 

Scribble or note ideas down quickly!

 

Writing quickly, let your thoughts and ideas come out in any order - you can always re-arrange your ideas and re-write these out. You don’t have to use sentences, key words or even pictures are perfectly acceptable as long as you understand what they mean.

 

Starting with...

 

You don't have to start with the beginning. You could start with an idea which may be part of a paragraph - what does this theory say? When? Where? Why is that idea convincing/relevant? You can start at the end of the story. You can start with what action you would like the other person to take. You can start with why you are upset. It really doesn’t matter where as long as you start!

 

Breaking the white page

 

Create a title page - put page numbers in - create a Reference List of possible sources from your course reading list.

Benefits of Writing

Writing offers you time and space to re-draft and re-focus your message. In this way, perhaps, it is easier than spoken communication.

 

When speaking, you have to think of words and immediately release them to the audience, and once spoken there is no opportunity to 'edit' them before they are heard. 

 

Writing sometimes has more impact than other communication channels.

 

Through writing, you can select language to influence the thoughts and actions of your reader in particular ways, guiding them through your evidence and argument to convince them of your analysis and conclusions.

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