Archive for February, 2011

High Seas Writing Center

It was a glorious postcolonial weekend. Not only did I liberate myself from my studies long enough to see The King’s Speech, but I stumbled across an old but unsold Dover Thrift Edition of the narratives of James Cook’s voyages at a failing Borders bookstore in Paramus, NJ. The circa 1970s introduction to the paperback […]

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Polishing

For me one of the most difficult stages of the writing process is polishing.  The reason why I find it challenging is because I never know when I should be “done” with a piece of writing and I can never be sure if it is “perfect.”  I think I focus on these elements for a […]

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“Looking for the Patterns in Static/ They Start to Make Sense/ the Longer I’m at it” 1

The “aggregate of scholastic demons” in my head have been working overtime. I am taking a break from working on my M.A. thesis to try to silence some of those shrieks. Liz enters the room: Tell me, have you written anything yet? Tell me this, do you open a book at all? Description of Liz: […]

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The Beginning Blues

When first considering the most difficult part of writing, I immediately thought, “beginning…that is the hardest thing about writing.”  However, as I pondered over writing difficulties for the next few days, I felt as though most people would have the same reaction. The first thing I did was question my own response. Why was that […]

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Writing hurts…Yet I keep doing it…

What’s the most difficult thing about writing for me…? Lack of confidence about my writing, not enough time to devote to writing, constantly questioning my ideas, staying on topic, knowing what my topic is, finding a topic, writing an introduction, writing a conclusion…etc. These are all things that either negatively affect my writing or that […]

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Finding My Voice

For me, voice is the most difficult aspect of writing. I am fairly confident that I can write in a clear and nuanced manner, but I often feel as though my voice is missing from my work. After I have written a piece, I often wonder if the reader could recognize my voice in it. […]

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I’ll bet you can edit this blog entry better than I can!

Can anyone think of a current TV show that features a newsroom setting with a tough-talking, hard-nosed, critical editor?   – Back in the 60s, in “The New Adventures of Superman,” Perry White held Clark Kent to the Daily Planet’s strict deadlines even though Clark often ran off to a phone booth to change into a […]

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Fear and Loathing in the Writing Process: My Biggest Problem and My Greatest Difficulty

My biggest problem while writing is not necessarily my greatest difficulty with writing, but my biggest problem is a symptom of my greatest difficulty. By far, the biggest problem I have while writing is Molly, my ninety-five pound American Bulldog Terrier, who tries to sit on my lap while I type. Right now her body […]

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