Live Member Update – August 2013

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Date: August 7th, 2013
Time: Noon, Eastern Time
Topic: Member Update
Presenter: Heather Robson

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  • I like your suggestion of practicing everyday. I think it could create a healthy habit. Have you ever heard of the scientific concept of nertia? Basically, in the absence of friction, an object in motion will stay in motion (like the moon constantly orbiting the earth); and an nonmoving object will remain still (like a mountain is costantly stationary on the earth). I think I have writing inertia. But, if I make myself write every day, I will kick that mountain of procrastination into a consistent, predictable event–as the coming and going of the face of the moon.

    But even if I make this transformation from being a stationary non-writer to an orbiting consistent writer, I still
    have a concern that I hope you can address.

    I graduated from highschool with an impossible dream. I entered City College of San Francisco with the burning ambition to become a physcian. The successful attainment of this dream was highly improbable considering the fact that I graduated from Lowell High School with a 2.0 grade point average. I knew I had to get at least a 3.5 as a small part of a comprehensive portfolio to even get an interview at Med School.

    What does this have to do with writing? Well, for one thing, I had an epiphany. Yes, I just realized this is the first time I have written for more than 5 minutes in months. I think part of the inertia that made me move my pen like the ever present Mt Fuji was a lack of purpose. Part of that purpose was knowing that my writing was read by another human being. The deeper part of that purpose was that something I wrote made made even one person laugh, reflect, cry, or even-make the first decision to transform their life.

    Besides wanting to make a difference, the other source of emotional inertia is the unknown. I used to play a lot of tennis. I knew if I hit the ball correctly if it stayed within the boundaries of the court and my opponent had difficulty returning it. When it comes to writing however, I don’t have a way to gage my performance. Where are the limit lines when it comes to writing? Microsoft Word 2007 helps with my spelling, but I am not sure if I agree with its grammar suggestions.

    For better or worse, no one had a wordprocessing program available to them when I went to CCSF. You may be wondering how I faired in English 1A and 1B. Drumroll. Yes, I got an A in both! Thank you ladies and gentlemen for that applause! However, I must give credit where it is do. I could not have done so well if I did not have a drop in writing clinic at CCSF available.

    Unfortunately, at this time, I do not have the luxury of a writing clinic to review this comment before I press the SUBMIT button. Also, since I am typing directly in this box, I do not have the benefit of spell & grammar check. This leads me to the crux of my concern. How can I get feedback on the writing I do each day? Who will help me fix my grammar and help me improve my style? How do I know if, metaphorically speaking, I hit a backhand down the line and won game, set, and match? How do I know if I served the ball 100 miles per hour but faulted because my writing went over the “boundaries.”

    Is it possible for me to edit my own copy and not miss anything? I don’t think so. Is there any free software that would do a better job as an spelling, grammar, and style coach than Word 2007? I hope so.

    Perhaps if I break my problem down into two parts, i might feel a ray of hope. If I make my first goal that of putting words on a monitor consistently, daily, without perfect syntax, point of view, tense, flow, suspense, or drama, I might just succeed. If I make my second goal of doing one thing to improve my writing, I might succeed. Perhaps I can try to see if that reference book with the funny name (thesaurus) has good suggestions on how I can use more colorful and even more powerful words.

    Speaking of words, you might deduce that I am an extrovert (Ready, Fire, Aim) and not an introvert (Ready, Aim, Fire). I hope that some of my “thinking out loud” was, if not useful, at least provocative. Unlike solving some math problems, writing, for me at this time, is not QED (Quite Easily Done).

    Maybe someday….

    • Hi Keith,

      Setting up or joining a writing group or finding a writing buddy is an excellent way to get your writing reviewed and getting regular feedback on what works, what doesn’t, and what can be stronger is one of the fastest ways to improve your writing.

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