Writing: Every Day Inspiration; is a challenging Course which exposes a participant in a variety of ways that could inspire him/her to write and publish their post. It has certainly enlightened my mind and enhanced my writing skills.
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Writing: Everyday Inspiration
While there are many reasons why people do things, on one hand: there are some who do things for reason they themselves do not know, on the other hand. I admire the approach the course “Writing: Everyday Inspiration” took from Day One.
Day one: I write because, —allowed a participant to dig deeply within to bring out the root-cause why he/she writes. Admirably, from day one of this Writing Course Participants were asked to give reasons why we write, and again that was a good approach to start this course. While Day two: The methodology used assisted each participant to let go of any existing pent up feelings, and allow his/her thoughts to flow freely by practically thinking what to write on a list, and by actually writing a list of things he/she likes. Day three: One word inspiration, — was helpful in that it helped participants to look at one word for inspiration to post their ideas. However, Day four: Writing a story in a single image,— was a continuity of Day three, but at the next level where participants found out that inspiration comes not only from a single word, but also from a single image to write stories, essays, poems, and personal thoughts. This brings us to Day Five: Hook ‘em with a quote, — This was very interesting. And it encouraged Participants to use quotes from others to start their writing. Next was Day six: The space to write,— this exercise prompted participants to express their preferences concerning a comfortable space to write, for example, blogging on a personal laptop, or in a coffee shop, or in a quiet room, or in a closed space, or in an isolated area. Day seven: Let the social media inspire you, — exposed participants to new places, for instance, Twitter, and Facebook, and New York Times etc. to receive inspiration to write. Day eight: Reinvent the letter format, — prompted participants to use a letter to write a story and to get their message across. Day nine: Writing and not writing, — had a different approach when compared with the previous days. It allowed participants to take a break and focus on alternatives such as, to take part in social activities, to have new experiences, and “to reflect and recharge before returning to their writing space. This was a great idea that was transmitted to us and we put into practice. Following that break, Day 10: Let the scene write itself,— made participants shift from finding information on our personal experiences, images and words: to silently observing our world, and write our observations. From the challenging assignment, we faced Day 11: A cup of tea, — as part of the program helped participants to see the need to update their work, or blog, regardless of its nature. And a creative approach to affect an update post is via a “virtual coffee date.” This brings us to Day !2: Critique a work,—This fine task helped participants to express our opinion on something we were passionate about, for instance, a piece of art, or something to do with entertainment, other. It helped boost participants’ commenting skills. But Day Thirteen: Play with Word Count:—Helped participants received inspiration by changing things up, for example, using Word Count. Moving away from using a timed free-write and word count exercise, Day Fourteen: Recreate a Single Day: — helped participants to incorporate a new restriction i.e. to write a post that “takes place during a single day.” Day Fifteen: Take a Cue from the Reader: — encouraged participants to find inspiration to write through a Contact Form or a Poll set up to collect feedback information. This brings us to Day Sixteen: Mine Your Own Materials:—encouraged participants to find materials things we cherish on line as inspiration for a New Post, for example, in Facebook. Another Change for inspiration came with the course Day Seventeen: a Map as Your Mouse: —this course was informative. It helped participants to know the purpose of the use of maps in writing, for example, it is used to: tell personal tales, our country of origin, identify locations, and track movements, etc. We now come to Day Eighteen: A Series of Anecdotes: —this coursehelped participants to understand that constant repetition and build up give formation and impetus to a piece of writing, and it keeps our readers occupied too. Then Day Nineteen: Feature a Guest: —engaged participants in reaching out to a candidate to collect needed materials to publish a post, but with link back to the Collaborator’s site. And last but not least, Day 20: Wrap it up: —which gave me the opportunity to put the whole course in this format and to make short comments. End.