Monday, May 08, 2006

Style: Lesson 10


Before I even got to the beginning of the chapter of Lesson 10, I could tell that Williams goal was to express the ideal writing style of simplicity to his readers. It is important, to yes have complex ideas that your reader will want to think about, but at the same time, witha style of simplicity so they can understand it and hopefully even base a relationship with the topic.
Many of us writers share the same difficulties. We may not know our audience or we may write with a clear understanding in our mind, but not being able to express it clearly so that our readers will understand it the same way we do! I have found that with this class, it is extremely important to write to give an understanding to your readers. Without that, you've lost everything! To establish a relationship, not only is understanding your readers and them understanding you important, but also with the use of simple word order or sentence structures.
For example, using "I" or "we" to find a basis on the relationship between you and your audience.

It is hard to be a "good" writer from the start, it's even harder to first find out what "good writing" really is. It may vary from writer to writer, reader to reader. I believe that there are many kinds of "good" writers. There are ones who voice their opinion and have a strong argument which makes their readers see and maybe even agree with their point of view. Another "good" writer in my eyes, is one that establishes a relationship and trust to his or her readers. If the reader trusts the author, than there is more likelyhood of agreement and concern with what the author may have to say.

Thus far this semester, I have learned a lot about my own writing ethics and how important writing actually is to me. To keep it simple is to keep it real and that's all one can really do!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

So, the year is finally starting to come to an end. Who would have thought that it would have flown by so quickly, especially when it was a shit of a year...well at least for me it was. But, at least I know that it's almost over and summer is just around the corner. I would have never thought that I would have made it through the year, especially considering how it all started. Let's recap real quick:

It was my first year in college without my sister here, or even in the states. She was traveling abroad from August until middle of November so I couldn't even talk to her really. It was my first year playing a college sport. I don't really have any comment there besides it kicked my ass and taught me how to manage my time much better! So that was good I suppose. Two of my family members passed away within a couple of weeks from one another and I got into one of the most terrible car accidents I have ever been in. So, what now? Well, let's think. I survived field hockey and the car accident. My sister is now back in the states, which is definitely much more comforting for me considering I can barely go a day without talking to her. And, though my family members have passed, they are now in a better place and our relationship has just developed on a more spiritual level...and that's is fine with me as long as I can lay down at night and know they are not suffering.
I have made new friends, ones which I have no idea how I did not have last year, but am so incredibly thankful I have had this year and look forward to living it up with them in the years to come. I ended a relationship early on this year and though it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through, and it was a friend who someday, I hope to get back, I have gained one of the best boyfriends I have ever had and couldn't be happier.
I can honestly say, though one of the hardest years, emotionally and physically...it's been worth it in the end and I couldn't be happier leaving it the way it is!!!

Monday, May 01, 2006

freewriting:


She stepped out of the car, one foot at a time. She had just moved to Warrenton, Virginia from Houston, Texas. Everything was different, even the clouds looked weird. The windy brisk air made her even more anxious about starting a new way of life. By now, she had made it to the front doors. She peaked through them and saw nothing by happiness. All the kids meeting up with their friends and the teachers preparing their desks for another exciting year.
Ten minutes passed and she was already in her first class, AP biology; an upper classman course. If she wasn’t already nervous enough, she was sitting next to one of the most popular juniors in the school. The stern teacher asked the first question. She raised her hand and to her astonishment, her answer was wrong. She was so embarrassed! The class ended and a break was already calling her name. She didn’t know what to do, where to go or who to talk to, so she just stood there, hanging up pictures in her locker, her only personal space in the whole school. She kept wondering what the day would bring.
After break, she had her poetry class. She had heard that the teacher was incredibly nice and really knew what she was talking about, so she was looking forward to meeting her and taking her class. She walked in, timid and quiet, but to her amazement, she had a great time, and met some pretty cool people. Unfortunately, it was only a semester class, but she knew it would be fun. Her poetry class was followed by an easy study hall, more of a relaxation time. So, she took it easy and just did some casual reading, one of her favorite Harry Potter Books.
Lunch came and she was astonished by how many people actually went to her new school. Everyone would sit in the hallways, up against their lockers, or some would choose to go to the lunchroom. She felt left out, and she was disappointed because the people that had been so nice to her in her classes would not even recognize the fact that she existed. From then on, she knew it would be a long day, and she was looking forward to going home. Two and a half hours later, her wish was granted and she was home.