True Writing is Rewriting!

The article on True Writing   was an interesting read. I did find it a little dry and long, but didn’t mind it overall. I really enjoyed the comment; “You burn your way through the story in a blaze of creativity and then, depending on whether you have a tendency to over-write or under-write, you’re faced with the task of either pruning a jungle or coaxing a desert to bloom.” (Shope, B. B. (2002). True Writing is Rewriting. Retrieved October 30, 2016, from http://fmwriters.com/Visionback/Issue9/true.htm). Very funny and true comment.

The tip that I thought made the most sense to me and I would like to incorporate into my writing is “Once is Not Enough”.  I have discovered that rewriting my first draft with inputs and critiques from my peers has really helped with my writing. A second or even third pair of eyes on my work has helped me tremendously. It helped me focus in on areas I may not be strong in. I never realized the benefit of rewriting my work. In the past I tried to get it done all at once (and leave it to the last minute). Now I know that writing and rewriting leads to a better end product. I guess I’m still learning this new way of writing. It has changed since I did it years ago in school. Maturity has taught me a lot…but don’t let anyone know that, I’m still a kid at heart.

Overall I am enjoying this journey of writing. To be honest more than I thought I would at the beginning of the course. Hopefully I can continue to grow my writing skills and become a more accomplished writer.

The Last Stop – A Story and Citation

“I followed him through an arched doorway into a chapel which smelled musty and old. The illumination came from sunlight filtered through a stained glass ceiling.” (Cable, pg. 58).  I really found this passage from  The Last Stop to be very descriptive. I immediately had a vision in my mind’s eye from past experiences with funeral homes, unfortunately to many for my liking.

The description of the chapel to me was very vivid. I could smell the must in the air. I could see the sunlight shining through the stained glass window. I could see the dust floating through the air in between the beams of sunlight.

I’ve done the same walk that the author spoke of. Meeting in the office with the funeral director. Discussing final arrangements, what the deceased wanted to take place during the service. The soft music playing in the background as you waited. I remember the walk to the “showroom” where all the coffins and urns and trinkets used by different faiths were on display. Even the little jokes to ease the tension. I always thought that if I am going to spend that much money on a coffin, I want to be able to be able to use it now. Set it up for Halloween. Use it as an extra bed when those unexpected guests come over. It would make a great conversational piece. Use it as a buffet table. Pimp up the casket use some lights, music, that would be me!

It’s amazing how that one passage brought all that to the forefront of my mind. But a good author can instill memories and thoughts that bring you to a certain time and place. It is a true talent of description, like music that brings us back, makes you remember.

Axelrod, Rise B., Cooper Charles Raymond (2002). The Last Stop. Cable, Brian.  The Concise Guide to Writing, pg. 57-60.

Best Interviewers

The article “What The Best Interviewers Get Right” was a very informative piece that as a reader I really enjoyed. I agreed with most of his observations on interviewing. I found it intriguing of his compare and contrast of the interviewing styles of Howard Stern and Charlie Rose. Personally, I never gave Howard Stern a thought about his interviewing style. Mainly because of all the “shock jock” connotations surrounding him.

The advice that the author gave for interviewing were all well founded and would lead to a great interview. The one piece of advice that I found to possibly be hard for myself to follow, was to not be afraid to interrupt (Casel, B. (n.d.). What The Best Interviewers Get Right. Retrieved October 10, 2016, from http://casjam.com/what-the-best-interviewers-get-right/). I, as an interviewer would not feel comfortable interrupting the person I was interviewing. Firstly, it has been ingrained in me not to interrupt somebody when they are talking. I try to follow that rule as much as possible. I hate it when I get interrupted, so I try and show consideration. Secondly, I don’t know if I would be able to come up with extra questions to be able to interrupt him for follow up. Or, if I would be able to try and keep the answers from getting to long. My feeling is that if they want to give me as much information as possible, I’ll take it! I can sift through the garbage to get to the treasures of information.

A great interviewer is a pleasure to watch. If they know there craft an interview can go from a boring lesson in tedium, to a masterful work of art. The advice in the article gives a good stepping stone to a great interview.

 

Robin Williams

I found the stories written in the profile method to be very well written ad kept my interest. Two of the three were very entertaining and humorous. The third was a disturbing and sad narrative on the decline of our society and how some can slip through the cracks and end up doing something terrible He Hammered A Hiking Buddy to Death Ken Otterbourg (2016, July 7) retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com .

The main reason for this blog is to think of three questions that we would ask any person living or dead if we could get the opportunity. There are so many people I would love to ask three questions and more. I think my choice would be Robin Williams. That one death
seemed to touch a nerve with society. The shock, the suddenness, the reason. And like Dave DiPaolo, he went unnoticed, slipped through the cracks.

The first question would be; “How was it to really be Robin Williams?”. I think we all need to know that answer so we can truly know what led Robin to his final decision. Question Two; “How did you come up with most of your stand-up material?” The genius of the man is legendary, his quick wit and sense of timing were amazing. I’d like to know how he came up with everything. His inspirations, background that led to the final onstage show. Finally, I would ask him; “What accomplishment are you most proud of?” Out of all his accolades and success, what in the end did he appreciate most? Charity,  comedy, philanthropy, acting, family.

I’ve always felt to truly know a person we have to know them inside and out. We all saw Robins outside. It was the inside that baffled and in the end  hurt us all.