Sunday, August 16, 2009

writing self-inventory

I'm planning to ask these questions to my students, but first, I'm very curious to see how you guys reply. Any answer, even for a few questions, would be much appreciated.

1. How often do you write (defined in the broadest sense, not limited to blogging)?

2. What types of writing do you do?

3. Where, besides school or work, do you write?

4. What kind of writing do you do there?

5. Do you like to write?

6. Why or why not?

7. Of the things you have written, what do you like best?

8. Why do you like them best?

9. Is anything about writing difficult for you?

10. Why do you think it is dificult?

11. How important is learning to write well?

12. Why do you think this?


Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

1) I write daily. I keep a blog of my riding, plus I have a facebook account. In addition, about one third of my job involves creative writing. I'm good at it, so I sometimes help others in my department with their projects as well.

2) Mostly answered in the first question. To expound on my work: I write copy for commercials.

3) I've put some nifty limereicks on the bathroom walls of some of the finer ale-houses in the area...

4) "There once was a man from Nantucket...."

5) No, but I love having written (thanks, Michener)

6) Because the creative process often hurts. Especially if one does it with constraints (say, getting a cogent, funny, or insightful message across in thirty seconds). And with writing comes editing. Pruning the stuff you write is difficult. Hemmingway (I think) said something along the lines of writers having to kill their darlings. It hurts.

7) "There once was a man from Nantucket..."

8) No. I don't play favorites with my writing. I find faults and wonders in all of them. This answer may be a lazy way to avoid introspection, but then again, it might hold some truths even if it is so.

9) All of it. Just because you're good at something doesn't mean it's easy.

10) "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great. " (Jimmy Dugan, from "A League of Their Own" Written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandell. Every line your kids quote from every TV show and movie was written by somebody.)

11) It's as important or unimportant as you wish it to be.

12) Hey, if you don't want to be able to get a point across, or express something that's deeply emotional, or personal, or hilarious, or insulting, or any other aspect of the human condition, that's fine. But if you want your voice to be heard, there's no better way to do it than putting it out there where folks can see it.


7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Most days or some late nights
2.Poems, captions, odd scenes, dialogue.
7.Dont have a favorite
9.Over editing,typing up
10.Slow Typer!
12.Subjective. One man's Harley is another man's bane.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

1. How often do you write (defined in the broadest sense, not limited to blogging)?

At least twice a day.

2. What types of writing do you do?

Blogging, journal writing, articles for scholarly journals and newspapers, occasion poems.

3. Where, besides school or work, do you write?

In my apartment.

4. What kind of writing do you do there?

Blogging, journal writing, articles for scholarly journals and newspapers, occasion poems.

5. Do you like to write?


6. Why or why not?

Because I can express myself as precisely as I want, and because I can learn a lot.

7. Of the things you have written, what do you like best?

Some of my poems.

8. Why do you like them best?

Because they combine intellect with emotion in tightly controlled ways that can say more than first appears.

9. Is anything about writing difficult for you?

Unsure. I haven't tried much creative writing. A novel might be difficult.

10. Why do you think it is dificult?

Because some much detail has to fit together reasonably, vividly, and convincingly, and the story has to be gripping.

11. How important is learning to write well?

Rather important if people want to express themselves well.

12. Why do you think this?

Communication is obviously important in our lives, and the better we get at it, the better we can get along . . . assuming that we want to get along.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

You are all wonderful. Thanks for your time, your thoughtfulness, your distinct style, and of course your words.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

1. Every couple of days

2. Blogging and a lot of script work, for comedy sketches or plays or film scripts

3. Neither school or work but home or on the Tube

4. See answer to 2

5. Yes but sometimes it loses it's lustre and I hate people who think that they can write but can't

6. Being creative keeps you alive

7. A play called: Our Style is Legendary

8. Because it's subject matter is close to home and easy to write because of that

9. No but sometimes I have blocks that I can vocalise but not get down. Most blocks are about persuing ideas you have no love for

10. I don't

11. if you mean grammer and whatnot, not very, if you mean constructing something someone wants to read, I don't think you can learn that

12. You eithe rhave it or you don't

5:40 AM  
Blogger James said...

Sorry, the assignment's late, but here it is:

1. Almost every day.

2. I write fiction and poetry, and I keep a journal and a blog as well.

3. At home.

4. Mostly creative writing and blogging. All fiction writing is done at home. Blogging and poetry can happen anywhere.

5. Yes.

6. I'm driven to create. Writing works well for me. It allows me to look at things in different ways. I learn a great deal.

7. My 2nd novel, which I'm still editing. It's called A Short Time to Be There and a series of poems I'm working on about vultures and grackles called Birds Nobody Loves.

8. Really, I'm always partial to whatever I'm working on at the moment. I really think think the novel works. The poems I like because I'm really seeing some of the more unsavory characters in the avian world and finding I really like them.

9. Finding sufficient time to write as much as I would like. Often going hiking sounds like a better idea and I can talk myself out of sitting down to write too easily.

10. I don't. I enjoy it too much. Sometimes a certain piece will present difficulties, but writing itself is not difficult for me.

11. Very.

12. Writing allows us to reflect. Even if a person never shares what he or she writes, the better one's able to do it, the more useful that tool.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Thank you!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Dudel said...

1. Daily

2. I'm an avid PbP RPer so technically I write small pieces of a story each day. I also blog each day but... does that count?

3. Uh... no writing via school or work and only at home when I feel like or on the PbP site.

4. Creative Writing? O.o Short blurbs from stories that are not fully functional yet... be they fiction or not?

5. Its okay.

6. It gets slightly tedious and with my spelling and grammar being "low end" it can cause a headache. Not to mention that I'd rather draw or play a video game sometimes.

7. Eh... I can't really answer that one because I'm not a "fan" of my own writings. I guess my Sci-Fi character and his recent "escapades" would be close enough as its keeping me amused to write for the RP, currently.

8. Cause the character is extremely unique, at least to me/my style, and has this odd morbid humor to him. He's this gnarly beast thing but the way he talks about stuff is just... funny. Also, his inner thoughts and emotions are kinda, weird. That's at least in comparison to the "rest of him".

9. Spelling and some grammar, yeah. (Spell-check = AWESOMENESS!) Also, sometimes I'm not sure if something I did was "okay". I know there aren't "real rules" but several years of schooling can discourage you from just about anything given the right teacher.

10. Well my brain doesn't grasp some spelling and grammar things... and the latter I explained already. The thing is, during school, I got a lot of "NO BAD DON'T DO THIS" so I get a bit "worried" that I'm "doing it wrong" thus, things become difficult in general. Same goes for my art too, actually. :( Poor self confidence in my work, maybe? O.o

11. Eh... not so much.

12. Well is not really needed. Today their isn't even a point to reading anymore. Everything has been "dumbed down" to the point where you only need a forth grade education to survive. Its good only if you wish to be an intelligent human being and limiting otherwise. Personally, I fall somewhere in the middle.

I know this might be a bit "late" but I was intrigued so decided to put forth my "2 cents".

11:26 AM  

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