Writing For The Better

Many people write to write. To some people there really is no point to practice writing because many of them assume that it is something that is considered “easy”. This semester I had to take a critical writing and thinking class which deepened my belief that writing, is an art, and like any art, practice makes perfect.

Throughout this whole semester we have worked on various activities to improve on many writing techniques. I feel like out of all the writing opportunities I’ve had, being able to write in a journal and create reflective writings after every paper has helped me out a lot. With the journals I am able to write as freely as I want, my thoughts can easily flow on the paper without having a set of directions. Every writer should practice just writing out whatever your brain puts out. Before, I was extremely uptight about giving myself the freedom to freewrite to plan out an essay because it always felt very unorganized. However once the words are physically in front of you it helps to give you a better idea of where you want to go with your writing. It is also very important to reflect on your final writings. I think every writer before me can tell you that although a piece may seem to have been written perfectly, it is important to reread your work and to look for things that you may want to change or improve. Reflecting on my writing has allowed me to realize what part of the writing process I have struggled the most with and improve on.

All in all, regardless of how much experience or lack of experience you’ve had within the writing world it is important to practice, even if it as simple as freewriting or reflecting. Some people may be born with the gift of writing but if one does not practice is one can not improve. Practice does make perfect, but consistent practice makes permanent.

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A Wonderful Creation

Our Town, a beautiful heart moving piece written in 1938. Following the story of multiple characters and their day to day life while breaking the fourth wall. In the very beginning of the play we are told that the movie, A Wonderful Life, owes a lot of its inspiration to Our Town.

In the movie, A Wonderful Life, which was released in 1946, we follow the story of George Bailey a very successful businessman who wishes he had never been born. An angel comes down and shows him how not only would his wife’s life change but how the whole town’s life would not be the same. Towards the end he comes to the realization that his life is worth keeping. Although at first glance this movie may not seem to have a direct correlation with the play the recurring idea of life seems to show up constantly.  

The first two acts of Our Town, we follow the family life of the Gibbs and Webb family, including those of their children. In the final act we see them in a cemetery as spirits watching over the rest of the people who are still alive. “Were you happy?…..No, I should have listened to you. That’s all human beings are blind! Just blind people.” (p109) This final scene heavily inspired,  It’s A Wonderful, because of how they are reflecting on the everyday lives of other people, and flashbacks of their own. Within the the movie Clarence says to George, You see “George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?”

In both productions neither of the characters are able to truly grasp the real concept of life until the very end. Throughout their stories they are trying to understand where they stand in life, they try to realize a purpose that wasn’t clear to begin with. It’s A Wonderful Life, definitely owes, Our Town, for the inspiration and bringing into light the question we all wonder at one point, what is life?

 

Work Cited

Flynn, Richard, and Brendan Kelly. Our Town, by Thornton Wilder: Harper, 1986.

It’s a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra: 1946

Reviving the White City

“He had examined every lead, checked every hotel, visited every boardinghouse and real estate agent, and yet now he had to begin his search anew.” (p363) Reading this line alone would spark any readers curiosity as they followed along in, The Devil In The White City. The line could easily make a person forget they are reading a nonfiction piece, but that is the beauty of Larson’s writing through out this carefully written book. Larson has mastered the concept of creating an interesting setting where the reader can truly get lost in a book.

In the chapter, “All the Weary Days”, we follow the story of Geyer who is on the case of multiple disappearances that happened close to the hotel owned by Holmes. It continues to explain the details on when and how Holme’s “torture castle” was invaded and searched. Larson is able to create the dark, and grotesque setting with amazing descriptions, “The eeriest phase of the investigation began when the police, holding their flickering lanterns high, entered the hotel basement, a cavern of brick and timber measuring 50 by 165 feet.” (p364) Descriptions like these are what can create an interesting and compelling story to a reader.

In this specific chapter the reader is able to truly grasp the depths the Larson is able to achieve by carefully choosing his words. This book is a very difficult concept to write, Larson had to create a balance between two completely different stories, and yet not allow one to outshine the other. His way of executing descriptions is extremely important and had to be written carefully as to not bore the reader. In, The Devil In the White City, Larson’s writing abilities truly shines among the pages, this chapter is merely a peek of his abilities to create a scene for the reader.

This book could have easily turned into a regular old textbook. Basic facts, boring, text, and putting every single reader to have a snooze fest. However Larson clearly brings this one of kind piece back to life. His writing skills allow you to envision up to the finest details which in turn comes out to be an enjoyable read.

Work Cited:

.Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. Vintage, 2004.

What’s Your Devil?

Creature by Heidi Shneck is a gripping tale of desire, sin, and mystery. Focusing on the main character, Margery, we realize our greatest wants and desires become our greatest temptations and downfalls. The devil never shows himself as the dvil.

Margery is a married woman who recently has given birth. She believes herself to be a messenger from God. Although she claims to receive messages the only other worldly creature we see is, Asmodeus, a devil who had been visiting her since before her child was born. This devil always seems to linger around during the most unconventional times. In the beginning not many believed her, and she wanted to be believed and to an extent almost worshiped. Asmodeus reminds her that nobody does believe her and he always makes sure to give her subtle important advice. “Do you like my costume? In reality, I’m just a hulking mass of shadow. Dark gray without a substance…[t]hey finally let me play a devil.” pg 46.

Although no-one seems to take her claims seriously as she wants them to, there is one boy who seems to follow her every word, Jacob. A young, handsome, religious boy, who believes every word that Margery speaks. He believes her regardless of all the people around him telling her she is a fake, he believes her so much he basically ends up worshipping her to the point where Margery falls in lust for him. “[m]y mother told me the devil never comes as the devil…” pg 64. The irony of Jacob saying this is that Asmodeus is actually Jacob. This whole time Jacob was never real, he was simply made up to feed into Margery’s desires of being believed and worshipped. Earlier in the play Asmodeus even reminded her that he is only what people want him to be.

Margery may not have caught onto what Asmodeus was getting to, or let alone what he had been planning right under her nose, but it’s a lesson the readers and audience are sure to capture. The human mind gets so caught up in achieving what they want. It gets so absorbed in it’s own desires that it forgets it has weaknesses. This play is reminder that no matter how holy, or how perfect you may consider yourself to be, you can come crashing down because of your wants, just like anyone else. Everyone has devils, what’s yours?

Works Cited:

Creature. By Heidi Shrek. Dir. Liz Bokhoven. Perf. Liz Bokhoven, Chase Fowler, Benjamin Thomas-Reid, Callie Cope, Milissia Koncelik, Corey Smith. LR Playmakers, Lenoir-Rhyne U., Hickory, NC. [21, 22, 23, or 24] Sept. 2017

 

Shrek, Heidi. Creature. Samuel French, 2011

 

Writing the World

Hi, and welcome to my corner! My name is Dara and I am an aspiring author. At a young age I found comfort in being able to create a different world from reality, and what better way to create that world than through writing. Writing has allowed me to truly connect and expand my points of view. Without it I don’t think I would have been able to see the world in all of its’ astounding colors. The best part of it is, there is always room for improvement, and there’s always something to write about. Regardless if you share your work or not, the since of accomplishment that you feel after putting everything you have in a piece is truly beautiful.

 


I have written one completebook so far (unless you count the book I wrote when I was four), my book took me a little over a year to complete. Many people think that writing a book is easy, but it was one of the most excruciating brain pains I’ve ever gone through. There were tears, breakdowns, and a lot of headaches, however a writers imagination always pulls through. My book is currently still in the editing process, but hopefully you guys will see it on shelves soon!unnamed