I've picked up a couple creative writing books on the side, one being "Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay," by Adair Lara. It's a great read on writing creative non-fiction that I highly recommend.
Anywho, I'm on to chapter 8, and it's about working with other writers.
Which brings me to my question:
Is anyone interested in starting a writing partnership? I write nearly every morning, and would love to be kept accountable by another writer. It's a great to way to improve quickly, something I'm quite interested in.
Adair Lara, the author of "Naked, Drunk and Writing" suggests sending your writing once per day to another writer, who then highlights all the good parts he or she sees in your piece, and makes constructive comments throughout the paper/essay/writing piece.
Here's what would happen: I write something, you write something, and every day, we exchange what we wrote via e-mail. Then, we provide feedback for each other's writing, and return the feedback before the following morning.
So, we're looking at a commitment of between 30-60 minutes per day, depending on how long you like to write. I write for 30 minutes, and it will take me another 10 to read through a short piece and highlight the parts I like, so for me, it's 40 minutes of responsibility per day.
And, on the plus side, I normally write about traveling, so, at the very least, you'll get to read a few interesting travel stories.
If every day is too much of a commitment, we can always discuss scaling it back.
Let me know!
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Hey Paul, I say this post when it came out, but wasn't confident enough to take you up on it since I usually average only 4 or 5 days of writing a week as opposed to the full 7. Maybe along with Sam and Dave, I can pad out your partnership is be every day? Let me know if you still need someone to do this.
Hey Paul, I'm looking for someone to hate-proof my blog posts before I post them if you're interested? I'd be happy to read your work too.
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When I turned 30 and I had a minor freak out… I thought, "I'll be 40 in not long, and then 50… there's things I want to do in my life, and they're not happening at this pace."
Before that, I had a general idea of things I wanted to do and have in my life, but I went about in an unstructured way. It was good in a lot of ways. It made be a broad process, but not much depth.
If you ask any high school senior what the worst part about senior year is, their response will definitely be college applications. There are tons of essays one has to write. I, personally, wrote at least thirty.
But, there was a silver lining to this drudgery. I feel as if my writing and attitude towards it have improved. From ever since I can remember, I've struggled as a writer. I tend to be too wordy and I don't use much descriptive language. Certainly my preference for reading non-fiction in lieu of fiction doesn't help solve this problem.
This blog was (and still is!) an attempt for me to improve my writing. I don't know if it is working, but I hope it has helped me find my voice. I've never been able to analyze my own writing. I don't know my "style," but I am interested in how I write.
With these college essays, however, I can definitely say my writing has improved. First, I had to find some voice. These essays were personal, unlike most of the analytical writing I have to do in school. But, most of the improvement was in the little things. I never used to edit my work. If you look at past blog posts (and probably even this one), you will see they are littered with errors that I never fixed because I didn't proofread.