The last post on this blog from the beginning of the year mentions serendipity, one of my favorite words and concepts. How did we put it? “Seek and ye shall not find. Not seek and ye shall find.” Silly. Clicking on The Daily Post’s 365 Days of Writing Prompts brought me to Writing 201, mere days before it starts. I will take it as a sign.
I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
— Truman Capote
Last month, we hosted Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, a write-every-day course over twenty days. Writing 101 focused on building a daily habit, experimenting with different kinds of writing, and engaging with others in the Commons. A finished product — a published post — wasn’t necessarily the ultimate goal, but more the result of working and thinking through the challenges we shared each day.
As we noticed in Writing 101, all of you have stories to tell. But sometimes it’s a challenge translating our life experiences into stories. We don’t spend enough time reflecting and rewriting, especially in our digital age where social media and other technologies push us daily to react, keep up, and keep moving.
A course on rewriting and editing
Roald Dahl once said that “good writing is essentially rewriting,” and…
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