Monthly Archives: July 2011

Chapter 6 – Reckless Writing

I thought I was prepared for my first workshop.  My ego had already been bruised when I took non-credit workshops.  I’d had teachers tell me that my characters were boring, some fellow students had told me I was wasting my … Continue reading

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Chapter 5-3 Can Writing Be Taught?

During my Contemporary Writers course, Jean McGarry had brought a spiral notebook that she used when she wrote one of her stories.  She’d made very few changes in the text from her original draft.  When I mentioned this to my … Continue reading

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Chapter 5-2 Getting the Words Right

My teacher was patient and helpful and the comments weren’t all that bad from my peers either but I kept making stupid mistakes.  I would spend hours and hours on a single paragraph for our assignments that demonstrated sentence forms and … Continue reading

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Chapter 5 – Sentence Power

In my Sentence Power class, I experienced a lot of negative feelings. Isn’t that a cold way to put it! They made me feel like shit, okay? There were only a few fiction writers in the class and the rest … Continue reading

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Writing is Hell?

Paris Review has tweeted this interview with Styron – take a look. What draws me to this link today is that he talks about how he doesn’t really value writing classes. Guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder. … Continue reading

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Happy Bastille Day!

Bastille Day celebrated every year on July 14th, marks storming of the prison that housed those who spoke against the Monarchy in 1789. Known as the Writer’s Prison, the Bastille was the home of Voltaire for a while and also … Continue reading

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Chapter 4 – Keeping My Ego Intact

So how did I keep my ego intact? It didn’t seem like it was that hard at the time. I was pretty humbled by realizing how well I could write if I worked enough on my craft. Seeing my own … Continue reading

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Chapter 4 -7 Don’t You Love My Writing?

My ego was feeling rather puny at this point, which I expected and didn’t expect all at the same time. I knew there were an infinite number of things I didn’t know about writing when I applied to the program. … Continue reading

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Reading on July 12th

If anybody taking a look is around the Iowa City area, John Dalton will be doing a reading at Prairie Lights (go on upstairs) at 7 pm from his new book, The Inverted Forest.

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Chapter 4-6 Breaking the Rules

My basic writing skills needed some tweaking here and there; my teacher’s comments made me work on issues such as varying sentence length, rounding out paragraphs, and when to use commas. An amazing number of people in my writing courses … Continue reading

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