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What Did You WRITE Today?

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mar 4, 2008, 12:42 am

We talk a lot about reading here, but what did you WRITE today? This would include blog entries, book reviews, letters, grocery lists, stories, poems. I guess we could list them all! I think we may be surprised by how much we write every day.

1. I wrote this entry.
2. I wrote a short story (in my bathtub)
3. I wrote three paragraphs of what may become a new story. Very iffy at this point.
4. I revised said bathtub story by typing it out, printing it out, and then making written corrections.

mar 4, 2008, 8:15 am

Before "officially getting up" but after letting the cat out, I scribbled a description of the ice-covered woods outside my bedroom window. Now, after coffee & donut I am typing this reply. (Cat is still outside.)

mar 4, 2008, 6:35 pm

Well, I just wrote a brief explanation of why I'm not going to vote in the primary or the election.

I wrote an email to a guy telling him I'd be fifteen minutes late for music rehearsal tomorrow.

I wrote half a homework assignment - a description of the moment I learned to read.

And the beginning of another homework assignment that's making me think that my professor is asking questions that are too personal, even if they're supposedly going to get me thinking about writing and the teaching of writing.

mar 4, 2008, 8:01 pm

*I wrote 3 pages in my journal this morning, blah blah blah-ish.

*I wrote some HTML code at work and many, many emails

*I wrote several messages on message boards here on LT

* I wrote a check for the rent

mar 5, 2008, 4:36 am

1. I punched a screen which effectively "wrote" my vote for the primary.

2. I wrote a response to someone's blog about an episode of the Sopranos.

3. I scribbled a description of snow falling through the lights in the parking lot.


mar 6, 2008, 3:08 pm

I wrote brief descriptions of authors of historical novels and posted them on my Historical Novels website. In the process of building this website, I'm learning so much about historical fiction and the varied backgrounds of the people who write it!

mar 6, 2008, 6:28 pm

1. I made a grocery list.
2. I wrote some entries in a secret blog that I keep for the purpose of helping me to discover my next novel.

mar 6, 2008, 8:29 pm

1. I started a blog yesterday and wrote in it yesterday and today. I don't know why I did it, it just looked like fun.
2. More emails at work.
3. More HTML at work.
4. LT messages.
5. I filled out some forms for my pending retirement (6 months and 24 days).

mar 7, 2008, 1:06 am

telgee, 6 months and 24 days, not that you're counting or anything!

mar 8, 2008, 7:50 pm

Very productive writing session on the new novel yesterday!

mar 8, 2008, 11:52 pm

I worked on an essay I've been struggling with and came up with a beginning I'm happy with, finally!

mar 12, 2008, 8:06 pm

--Finished the first draft of said essay.
--Wrote more in my new blog.
--Work stuff
--LT message boards

Redigeret: mar 12, 2008, 9:21 pm

Beginnings are so important, teelgee - glad you came up with one you like!

I wrote a review of The Mulberry Empire by Philip Hensher for my Historical Novels website. It's about the disastrous First Afghan War, after a misguided British occupation of Afghanistan in 1839.

mar 12, 2008, 11:00 pm

I wrote extended critiques of a graduate student's stories in her thesis. I found this task to be much more personally rewarding that I originally thought it would be. I also commented on rough drafts of two undergraduate essays; both drafts very passionate about the topics. That is always good to see.

feb 25, 2009, 5:37 pm

-I wrote a new haiku.
-I wrote here at Art is Life
-I left a message on someone's profile here at LT
-I commented on the status of several friends on facebook
-I wrote about ephemera on my blog
-I told a funny story about something that happened today on my blog.

feb 25, 2009, 8:18 pm

I re-did a poem I wrote yesterday. I try to let at least 24 hours go by between the first draft & the first revision
I try to write something every day. Right now I'm on a "roll?" you know how sometimes it's almost impossible to write anything? Well, for the last couple of months, I've been doing a whole bunch of poetry. Not sure why, but while the muse is there, might as well take advantage of it. She won't, alas, stay around forever!

feb 25, 2009, 10:16 pm

That's right, Marian. Strike while the iron's hot.

feb 25, 2009, 10:41 pm

When I first saw this topic, I was VERY PLEASED because hopefully, I want to become an author when I grow up therefore I just LOVE writing ! Writing is my passion and everyday I have to write something or else I won't be able to sleep hehe. Anyways hmm.. what I wrote today, well lets find out, shall we :

- I wrote a persuasive speech
- I wrote an essay about a girl who trys to manage her life after her fathers death
- I wrote here at this Book Talk (Art is Life)
- Wrote a petite summary about a novel I had read a while ago
- I edited a whole story for my best friend
- I also edited an essay for my other best friend; again LOL
- I wrote in my journal 2 times today
- Lastly, I wrote a small poem, just a couple of sentences (:

Thankss for listening !

- BookLover07

feb 25, 2009, 10:59 pm

Booklover, You wrote a lot today--congratulations!

feb 28, 2009, 2:34 pm

Yesterday I wrote some silly haiku.

mar 3, 2009, 12:14 am

I actually got up in the middle of the night, and wrote for the first time in probably three months. I'm really hopeful about this one.

What have I written today...
html code for my website...status updates for myspace/facebook...posts here on LT...a quiz on myspace...and most importantly, my attempt at laid back, no stress writing. It's in a notebook, so I don't have the ease of critiquing it and hating it so much.

mar 3, 2009, 3:44 am

#21 Excellent, good for you! Was it poetry or prose?

Today I wrote a bunch of haiku and from them I made a longer poem. It was fun. I seem to be rediscovering the *fun* of writing lately.

I also wrote a critique of an MFA thesis and a few cryptic e-mails.

mar 4, 2009, 11:23 am

I wrote several pages (Moleskine-sized) about what I'll tell people when they ask what it was like living in Russia. It started from that fear - or, I don't know how to describe it - once in awhile I look up and say "Dude. This is Russia." And then go back to normal life. The fear that when they ask, all I'll be able to say is "нормально" - normal. Like I'm doing something oh-so-amazing but missing it because... I don't know why. I got used to it too fast?

Anyway I figured I'd better write down everything I could think of, just to prove that there would be something to say.

mar 4, 2009, 3:50 pm

"Anyway I figured I'd better write down everything I could think of, just to prove that there would be something to say."


mar 4, 2009, 11:23 pm

I've written two poems in two days.

sep 18, 2010, 8:24 pm

I'm working on a book review of Cecelia Holland's latest novel, The Secret Eleanor. I loved it. Have written a very rough draft and am about to whip it into better shape. Will probably give it a final polish next week before I post it on my Historical Novels website (www.HistoricalNovels.info). I often find it much more difficult to write a good review of a book I really liked than of one I felt more lukewarm about.

feb 13, 2011, 4:31 am

I can't believe it's been so long since I have posted here. I've been writing a lot of poetry, haibun specifically, and getting some of it published, too. I had a short story to come out in "The Sun" called "The World in Red" (Sept. 2010). I've also been publishing some non-fiction on an online magazine called TALKING WRITING. http://talkingwriting.com/ A piece of mine it has published recently is an essay called "Lawrence's Apples," which is about how depression affected me (and my writing) back in 2002: http://talkingwriting.com/?p=12419

feb 20, 2011, 11:58 pm

Good to hear from you again, Theresa. I've been writing extensively, developing a four-semester "Theory-of-Knowledge" course to anchor the International Baccalaureate scheduled to begin at my high school in 2012. However, last week, the superintendent pulled the plug due to budget cuts. So all of that is on the scrap heap.

Recently I googled my name and was stunned to find my doctoral dissertation (from 1987!) quoted and footnoted in a monograph from University of Aberdeen. I'm thinking of buying the book, but it costs $200, coming from E. J. Brill press. Still thrilled to find that my work from the past was "relevant" and now finds a little life in a published scholarly work.

nov 28, 2011, 6:19 am

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much. -William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)

dec 30, 2011, 6:36 pm

One does not write in this computer age; we copy, cut and paste via Wikipedia, Google and other various significant source material. thus, producing an "insightful "Term Paper".

Redigeret: jan 12, 2012, 2:02 am

>30 Naren559: Bravo, Naren!

Had I known of this group, I would have joined long ago. But I joined today. I've been heavily involved in other aspects of my work of late -- and though way back down the track from the rest of you, am running toward your jostling figures on the distant horizon.

Picking up on this group's question: What I wrote today was the fifth entry on my first-ever blog at WordPress.com. Its title "When wonder first starts to dawn upon you . . ." -- which, I hope, is admissible as a possible entry in the category known as writing. If not, please be kind enough to return it and I'll redouble my efforts forthwith. (You'll find it peacefully standing in its proper place, I presume, at www.sensingtheway.com).

I will be sending you a few overdue messages filled with utmost appreciation for your incredibly resourceful postings on a wide variety of issues that truly matter. (We are all indebted to you for your prolific productivity, Naren.)

Looking forward to returning here as well, and thanking you for your constant encouragement that keeps us at our shared task,


Redigeret: feb 21, 2012, 10:10 am

Clouds of flies go swarming round
Maggots richly nourish
Scorpions go creeping on
This bloated head so boorish.

The above was composed (circa 1952), during a U.S. Navy training class, as the instructor was expounding the virtues of the R2800 aircraft engine. Unfortunately, at the age of 19, I was not aware of the haiku format; this environment would have proven quite productive for haiku composition. Today any literary skills I once may have had no longer exist. But, I do copy and paste lots of Shakespeare. "Brush up your Shakespeare! Start quoting him now. Brush up your Shakespeare and the women you will wow!"