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!


Week 2 Writing Assignment: Playing with Words

Retrieved May 19, 2013

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.


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.


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!