I’m bringing back Power Monday this week. I have been reading some great articles on writing and being a writer lately. In my UW (University Writing) class, we have been having some great discussions about writing and revision (obviously) as well. Let’s just say, writing has been on my mind a lot and I really feel like expressing my feelings for it in writing (pun intended).
When you first learn how to write, you start with simply forming letters on wide lined paper with dotted lines, helping you to craft the letters as your shaky unfamiliar little hand experiences a new form of art for the first time. Those letters (more like vague symbols in the beginning) are crooked and bent, looking like you wrote them while jumping on a trampoline. With much practice though, you start to connect those letters into words and then into sentences with “two-finger-spaces” in between. I remember one of the first “stories” I ever wrote in Kindergarten was actually just a drawing of my brother with squiggly wave-like lines underneath it. I loved the story and was proud of it. It was all about my big brother Jimmy. My teacher asked me what is said. Even though no one could read it (since all that was on the page was up and down lines), I knew what it said. I “read” it perfectly and already knew I wanted to write again…and again.Read More