Why You Should Keep a Journal

Why You Should Keep a Journal

A journal is a written record of personal experiences, observations, and thoughts. A journal can be written daily or when an individual has the urge to write. You can write a journal with a fountain pen in a leather-bound book or with your pencil on the backs of dollar bills. It’s entirely up to you.

Journaling is not like any other writings that have a condition of writing. There are no rules in journaling. In a journal, you express your thoughts. It includes writing about things that come to your mind.

Here are some reasons why journaling is important.

1. Preserves memories. A journal helps us to keep a piece of our own lives. If you write about experiences you had today in a book, the experiences will remain there for a very long time.

2. Improves writing. Journaling helps one to become a good writer. The more you write, the better you become.

3. Sharpens senses. When writing about your experience, it helps you to become a better observer.

Another reason for journaling is just for the love of doing it. You may feel calm or relaxed when pouring your feelings on a paper. Reading is the other side of journaling. People always go back to old journals to find windows into their past.





Why it is Important to Participate in Creative Writing Contests

Why it is Important to Participate in Creative Writing Contests

Every writer needs an audience. Entering writing contests is one of the best ways to gain an audience. It’s so satisfying when a writer receives a reward for his/her writing—whether it’s a special gift, a cash prize, or simply an opportunity to get published. Creative writers enter contests for various reasons.

First, contests provide boundaries. Writing contests offer strict limits in the form of subject matter, word count, and boundaries. Contest deadlines allow writers to develop, write and proofread their work with time to spare. Ordinarily, writing contests have some sort of word limit. The ability to whittle away extra verbiage in order to make each word count is an important skill for writers. Also, since most competitions ask for a particular kind of writing, writers get to fine-tune their skills.

Second, writing contests usually provide an audience. When you enter a contest, you will be writing for two audiences: intended and real. The real audience is people who will read your story while an intended audience is people your composition aim to address.

Third, writing contests improve writers’ confidence. You may not want to participate in writing contests because you don’t think you’re good enough to win. Try anyway—it’s an important learning experience. The more you write, the better your writing will become.




Starting My Own Club at School

For this new first semester of my senior year, I’m finally opening my first new writing club in GVCS. My club is going to be named CIVA, which is an abbreviation of Creative Ideas Verging on Apex. My club mates and I are planning to write at least one short story per each person for a week, peer-edit with each other every once in the weekly meeting, and open up a workshop to help other students who struggle to write essays or any other kinds of writing in English grammatically and structurally.

The teacher who will be taking charge of my club is a foreign teacher who teaches AP Literature and English. He majored in English literature and has great knowledge in writing. He is going to help me and my club mates organize and develop our club, as well as submission and public activities such as workshops.

There are total four club mates that have signed up earlier for now, all in same grade with me. Altogether, we are looking forward to gather at least 9 to above members for this upcoming semester. My club will be the first English literary club in GVCS to support and encourage hidden writers and students who are planning to major in liberal arts. I hope that my club will be stable and prosper even after I graduate GVCS.

Writing with One Story Magazine

For these last few days from January 28th to February 1st, I participated in writing class that was hold by One Story magazine. In those five days, each of the editors taught us participants a writing technique and assigned a writing homework for us to practice every day. Such techniques and practices were very useful and beneficial for me to learn and use when I got to write my own stories: zigzag method, four layers of soil, mad libs story beginnings, crush factor, and stepping outside my own point of view. Although I didn’t share my work on the public board, as I practiced writing by myself, I felt my writing skills and understandings develop significantly.

The most interesting and helpful practice of all was the ‘crush factor’, which was to write about one of my crushes that I had in my life. First of all this practice encouraged me to look back at my past and be nostalgic for a moment, giggling and regretting while remembering the memories from the past. Also, this personal topic led me to be more focused when writing the story because it was about my own real history, and I was unconsciously being more serious and concentrating.

As I looked at the comments and works of other class members, they were mostly grown up adults who thought of writing as their favorite hobby. Their fundamental writing skills and thoughts were further more developed than mine, as they were ‘adults’ who have experienced a lot more things throughout their lives than I did. By acknowledging that fact, I also learned that writing requires author’s realistic experience at most times.

Overall, the writing class with One Story magazine surely helped me to find out my weaknesses in writing and also develop new writing skills that I would be able to use whenever I write my story in the future. I also learned some life lessons from unexpected factors: the club members and the writing topics. It was a great and valuable experience for me as a writer.

Writing a Rhyming Poem

Writing a Rhyming Poem

Rhyme can add music to a poem, giving it a memorable quality. While not every poem need to rhyme, many poems that rhyme appears spectacular. If you want to write a rhyming poem, you can learn the rhyme basics, as well as tips for writing outstanding poems.

List all the words that rhyme

For two words to rhyme, their endings and sounds should match. For instance, the word dog perfectly rhymes with hog, grog, frog, agog, nog, log, cog, bog and many others.

Understand other types of Rhymes

Attempting to make every rhyme perfect can make some poems to be clunky and awkward. You shouldn’t have rhymes just because you want to complete the poem. Other kinds of rhymes include semi-rhymes, slant rhymes, forced rhymes and visual rhymes.

Consider the number of beats in each line

Writing a rhyming poem is not just including words that rhyme. Almost all rhyming poems consider the meter of the lines, which is the number of stressed and unstressed syllables in each line.

Read numerous rhyming poetry

Read a lot of rhyming poems. If you read widely, you will learn a lot of tips from the poets. Then, you can start composing your own poems.




Understanding What Imagery is in Creative Writing

Understanding What Imagery is in Creative Writing

Some people think that imageries are particular words that make a visual representation of ideas in people’s mind. Usually, the word imagery is linked to a mental picture. To be realistic, that idea is partially correct. Imagery is more complex than a mental picture.

To appreciate the broad definition of imagery, read the following two sentences carefully.

It was dark and shadowy in the room – The words “dark” and “shadowy” are visual images.

The juicy and sweet mango is very cold“juicy” and “sweet” have an effect on our gustatory sense or sense of taste.

In order to appeal to our sense, imagery requires the help of figures of speech such as simile, onomatopoeia, personification and metaphor. Famous writers and poets use imagery to generate a graphic and vibrant presentation of scenes that appeal to the reader’s senses.

An example of Imagery in creative writing is imagery of darkness and light that is repeated several times in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. For instance, Shakespeare writes: “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night.” By contrasting light and dark images, Shakespeare shows Juliet’s beauty.