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January 04, 2016


As a teacher of undergraduate creative writing, I try to find every means to encourage the peripheral, the unintentional, the misheard and the mistake in students who've spent their young lives focused on rules and rightness. I love this exercise and will try it this semester. Thank you.

Wonderful! The tipperau will definitely help me write...

Thank you so much, Maria! I'm so happy about this. :)

Thanks, Leslie! And, I agree. (Mistake can be such a good word.) I'm glad you're going to try the exercise. It tends to get everyone talking and laughing right away, and puts them in the mindset that anything can happen at any time in class.

I wouldn't have heard of it because, as a Romanian (too? :) ), I am aware that neither this nor "ancient Romanian" have ever existed.

Yes, the whole point is that it's completely made up. :) (Also, when I'm teaching in Romania I tell the students it's a Macedonian structure.)

Yes, the whole point is that it's completely made up. :) (Also, when I'm teaching in Romania I tell the students it's a Macedonian structure.)

There's nothing like using the worn-out analogy of blindness as blundering without bothering to understand blindness outside literature. Though Carver's work is admirable, he's not the authority on blindness. While this exercise could potentially open discussions about nonvisual perception and the hierarchy of human senses in creative writing, as described here, it simply reinforces the privilege of sight and the "mysticism" of an encounter with a real blind person. I shudder to think how offputting and tokenizing this practice would be for a real blind student.

To be politically correct, and please people like Emily, perhaps better to use the analogy of a blindfolded person, rather than a blind one?

My tipperau is something out of art writing. However, when I had a looo at it upside-down, it looks like a panda. My writing seems definitely to be better. If you need more creative ideas, you can use this website:

Creative writing from my point of view cannot really be taught, it has to come in a natural way that synchronizes with who you are. Given a particular topic, a number of students say five, without any discussion are going to write different stories about the same. That is what we call creative writing, forming the known out of the known. You can check this one out for yourself on EssayWritingLab where there is a pool of writers writing on a particular topic but all with a different point of view, each one unique in its own sense. For those that ask how they can become creative writers, the answer is simple, just write.

Hey Tara, it was a good read. I have been very good at creative writing since my childhood school days. I remember my teachers used to ask me for writing on various topics and gifting me with chocolate bunches. But the time has taken away that ability or skill of writing for me I guess, that is why I used to hire EssayKing for my assignments and essays.

It would be a good idea to read "The Norton Anthology of Poetry" and "The Oxford Book of American Poetry," IMHO.

A poet I greatly admire whose work appears on your blog is Mitch Sisskind.

It is possible that it is impossible.

My money was on John Wayne from the start.

Try writing sonnets, skinny poems, poems imitating a great master.

I believe that Woodrow Wilson is now underrated. Frost is certainly underratred. Hemingway, whoi was once overrated, is now put down by assholes. Henry Miller kicks the ass of half ther bullshit award winners in fiction.

To say someone is underrated is ambiguous. Is Robert Lowell, so revered in his lifetime, underrated now?

Thanks for the information! It is important for students to learn how to write and speak correctly. "The Eleemnts of Style" is excellent, as is Donald Hall's "Writing Well."

Thanks for the enlightenment. You probably won't post this comment, butif you do, please know that the be alland end all of creative writing is neither one nor the other, and trhe same goes for expository prose. But consider this wonderful poem:

It ain't as impossible as psychoanalysis.

Yeats was "the king of the cats." He, too, was a maverick.

Get best discounts on Fundamental Concepts And Computations In Chemical Engineering Solution Manual and be a 4.0 student on every test.

The truth. What is the truth? What is the point?

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