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Catherine’s Writing Touch!

Retrieved May 20, 2013

Retrieved May 20, 2013

The power of words comes out when they touch our feelings and express something we think about or even imagine to make it real. The ability to play with words to describe some meaningful, expressive scenes is a gift and talent that our God gives to a few of people. Following blogs of other colleagues today, I found Catherine. She is Russian who thinks that her English is not perfect and she takes this course to improve her writing skills. Reading her posts, she captured my attention and touched my heart. Her sentences are full of energy and actions. She used most of the parts of speech beautifully. I told myself this is what I need to be; so creative when using words to convey a certain idea in a simple, and attractive way.

Catherine’s Sentences:

Strong wind made leaves fell down from their trees, big raindrops noisily knocked on my opened window when suddenly I saw a bright light.

Often I get up at 7 o’clock in the morning, but such calm mornings as today are so rarely, that I’ve decided to spend some additional hours in my bed.

I tried to leave a comment to her post, but I think that comments are moderated and she doesn’t know about that. That’s why I thought of writing this post to tell her “Thank YOU”.  Those creative people can be great models for whom they want to be effective writers someday. For me, I will constantly read other people writings to greatly enrich my language and extend my knowledge. Once I get enough words and some confidence, I’m sure I will write some beautiful pieces as Catherine’s.

I’ll never give up!

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Week 2 Writing Assignment: Playing with Words

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Retrieved May 19, 2013

The third writing assignment is about expanding simple sentences by adding logical additional parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases).  Each sentence should be at least twelve words. Elaboration is another skill of creative writing. It adds more details and actions to the the events and helps readers to visualize scenes and see between lines. The beginning can be a simple sentence that consists of a noun and a verb as the example our instructors provided us and we can add a lot to make it talks about itself.

Here are the sentences to choose from:

  • The children play.
  • The woman walks.
  • The sharks swim.
  • The flowers bloom.
  • The wind blows.
  • The computer hums.

Here is the example provided by CEW instructors:

Seals performed

Adding all the parts of speech that we learned during week 2, it can be as follows:

The sleek black seals in the pool leaped eagerly out of the shimmering water, slid quickly upon the wooden deck around the pool, and barked noisily at the stunned spectators in the half-empty bleachers.

Here are my elaborated sentences:

MDG : Malawi children and human trafficking : Children play along the Saga beach, at Lake Malawi

Loud laughter from bottom heart somewhere sent me back to a sweet memory in the far past when suddenly I found them; colored face children crazily play and dance in the chilly lake down the hill.

rose

The blushing red flowers I admire at last bloomed by May 6, gently swayed with the first breezy touch of early morning wind carrying their sweet-smelling fragrance everywhere to happily announce the outset of another lovely spring.

Reflections:

This ability of expanding and elaborating is not an easy skill to learn. I can admit that I have a lot of things to say, but I don’t know how to express them in writing beautifully as the example above. Reading this sentence, I feel all what those seals do, how they do them, what they look like … etc. Playing with words enables us to draw a magnificent painting through which we can express our ideas and feelings more accurately. I lack this ability. Maybe because I don’t have a large vocabulary base. I always use what I know. I think it is time to enlarge and extend my linguistic skills by practicing more and more. I hope to improve them during these writing assignments. I hope so!

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Week 2 Journal Writing 2: Verbs and Adverbs

Once I finish the reading materials about verbs and adverbs, it is time to complete the second writing activity that is:

In your journal, continue your list of nouns and adjectives by adding in five to ten verbs and adverbs. Then, write a couple of sentences using your list of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.

Retrieved May 19, 2013

Retrieved May 19, 2013

This means that I have two tasks to do. First, I brainstorm some verbs and adverbs about the same selected scene, I think. The second task is to write 2 sentences using my lists of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.

Task One:

List of Verbs:

  1. Should
  2. Seem
  3. Read
  4. Write
  5. Look at
  6. Hold
  7. Finish
  8. Start
  9. Enter
  10. Smile

List of Adverbs:

  1. Correctly
  2. Hard
  3. Patiently
  4. Quite
  5. Happily
  6. Loudly
  7. Always
  8. Soon
  9. Anxiously
  10. Curiously

Task Two:

My sentences …

It was 8:00 AM. The teacher entered the class holding the English exam. Mona pulled one and started to read the questions loudly and write anxiously. I found myself look at her frequently. Once she finished, she sat relaxed on her desk and said patiently, “I should have worked hard”.

Reflection:

It is another feature of creative writing that helps me construct complete sentences and write some elaborating details using starting points. I think that it is difficult to stick to them. During this task, my mind went here and there a lot to find some suitable nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. Other parts of speech were also needed to complete the meaning and let the ideas flow smoothly. I don’t know if I am on the right track. All what I feel is that I start admiring writing. We go through this process step by step. We begin with words, then sentences and of course we will finish by writing paragraphs.

The coming weeks seem have a lot of fun!

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Week 2 Journal Writing 1: Nouns and Adjectives

After going through Module 1 reading materials about Parts of Speech and more details about nouns, pronoun and adjectives, it is time to complete the first writing activity. It is very simple, but it is a great practice to what we learned in module 1.

In your journal, write down a list of at least five to ten nouns and five to ten adjectives as you observe a scene at home, work, or in your community.

The scene:

Exam

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In my school where I work as a teacher. I select my students while taking the final exam today.

List of Nouns:

  1. Exam
  2. Mona
  3. Silence
  4. Desk
  5. Teacher
  6. Class
  7. Time
  8. Problem
  9. Question
  10. Success

List of Adjectives:

  1. Confused
  2. Large
  3. Successful
  4. English
  5. Difficult
  6. Helpful
  7. Bored
  8. Happy
  9. Relaxed
  10. Final

It is an easy exercise, but it helps me to be flexible selecting words that can be found in the same scene. This reminds me with a comparison my Prof. did about the direct way of thinking and the lateral thinking where people can use all directions of their thinking. It is a starting point for fluency and flexibility as main features of creativity.