Ah, how to begin

Writing is not easy for me and, I dare say, for most people. I live in a world full of journalist; tortured souls every one.  But they do talk and they talk a lot; about their stories and of course, themselves. It’s this meandering conversation through the news of the day, the office gossip, the lives of their children and finally their stories, that color the work they do. Not so long ago, if you walked through a newsroom, it was full of chatter, writers clustered together, groups crammed into offices or on the phone. It looked like nothing was getting done; a room full of procrastinators. But talking about ideas and defending them, in other words brainstorming, is a crucial part and for some the best part, of the writing process. Besides, even people who write for a living, sometimes find that sitting down to write can be the hardest part of the process.


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  • Ellen says:

    Camilla, your ideas about brainstorming resonated with me. I fine that there is an awful lot of “stewing” that goes on before I actually put pen to paper, or fingers on keyboard. This can often feel like a glorious distraction, or a prolonged procrastination, and not bear much or any resemblance to the act of writing. Yet in the end it always serves the process, however indirectly.

  • Gloria says:

    It’s so true that brainstorming, like all parts of writing, is often a social act! This isn’t always apparent in academic writing, when it seems like so much of our writing is solitary, but, if we pay attention, brainstorming conversations do occur all the time on campus–in classrooms, social spaces, and of course, in the CWE :)


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