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Random thoughts on a rainy day

jcm121010 

I have several friends that blog every single day.  It amazes me that they find the time to blog about something different every day.  It is not that I do not have the material to write something every day, but I do not find myself motivated to write in my personal blog that often.  I am one of those writers that likes to be inspired by a life event, and that gets the motor running, and then I can fire up the keyboard and write like a mad man.   The problem with my being inspired to write means that if I have not written for a long period of time, I find myself writing a book instead of a blog post.  The blog post can take up many paragraphs, and on several occasions, I have been encouraged to write shorter posts.  

One of the courses I am taking at Trident Technical College this semester is English Composition 101 which is the second English Composition class that is required for a degree program.   I love to write and I feel that I do a fair job at it.  Taking this course is reminding me of several things.  Writing is an art and that art has to be perfected over time.  In this class I have several readings that I must read , and then generate a “post” about the reading , in order to engage other students in a meaningful conversation.   My posts have turned into 5 or 6 paragraphs and I found out that the instructor only requires 5 to 7 well formed sentences.   This reminded me of the fact that I am just too long winded.   Having used Twitter for the last two years has helped me to be more concise with my thoughts and words.  Being too wordy and screwing up punctuation or lack thereof, has gotten me into some editing sessions with my instructors.  

So with that said I still love to write, and I do have things that I like to say through my writing.  I think that in 2011 I will try to learn how to write shorter blog posts and be more concise with what I say, and practice using proper punctuation and grammar.   Maybe I can figure out how to find topics that I can write about in my every day happenings.   Little short blog posts that are meaningful but that do not take forever to read.  Hopefully my readers can help encourage me towards doing that.  

 

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