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Saturday, April 26, 2008

More Homework samples

Releasing The Writer Within workshops teach several powerful writing techniques meant to be practice in the same manner that a musician practices scales. These techniques are your scales; they help you hone your craft and make you a better, more prolific writer. These techniques are meant to be practiced in your writer's journal. They can act as a writing prompt as well, taking your writing in a new and fresh direction. All of these techniques are found in the Releasing The Writer Withintm Workbook, which you can order from Hannah by sending her an email, and she will give you the details for ordering.

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Homework for our previous class was to write a piece in your journal that is in “heart” voice and also one from “throat”. When you write from the heart, it’s the voice of hyperbole and figurative language–melodramatic. When you write from the throat, the voice is pure, the language is clear and plain, and the intention is purpose and assertion.

Below Shakay, Passionate Writer, a longtime student of mine, writes a
heart and throat piece. Tell us what you think by posting a comment and try the voices yourself!


Heart

Oh my God, what is it? I mean like every time and I mean every time I turn around there is a ton of paper work to do. I mean...come on...is there a paper police squad out there? You know like when they see that you finished all your reports they uh dump their load...uh...so to speak. I mean piles and piles of paper. So many reports to do. I mean like I do one and then there are ten more to do. I need a life jacket. I am drowning in paper work. Waves and waves of paperwork. A tsunami.


Throat

I am scared.

I am excited.

I am a frightened child.

I am a confident adult.

I am a middle aged woman.

I am a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, best friend, colleague and neighbor.

I am a writer, actor, speaker, model and medical social worker.

I am an animal lover.

I am a Christian.

I am positive, vibrant and joyful.

I am scared, overwhelmed and a sabotoger.

I am fatherless,

I am childless.

I am a survivor.

I am alone.

I am connected.

I am bright and energetic.

I am lethargic and drained.

I am disorganized in an organized way.

I am a quick study.

I am funny, caring, empathetic and compassionate.

I am angry, rageful and broken.

I am creative.

I am a dancer.

I am happy, content and peaceful.

I am driven, focused and undeterred.

I am an achiever.

I am afraid of being happy and successful.

I am transforming.

I am sorry and resentful.

I am powerful.

I am a light.

I am an inspiration.

I am my grandfather's legacy.

I am Armenian.

I am faithful and trustworthy.

I am a giver and a taker.

I am a product of my youth.

I am a church goer.

I am a Sunday school teacher.

I am a book and magazine lover.

I am a knitter, crocheter and crafts person.

I am a cook, baker and candle stick maker.

I am alive.

I am dying.

I am moving forward. I am dragging my feet.

I am an emotional eater.

I am an exerciser.

I am a coach and a motivator.

I am my own best friend.

I am a child of God.

I am generous and a sharer.

I am a plant and flower lover.

I am a volunteer.

I am a plant sitter.

I am magnetic.

I am embracing.

I am a wall builder.

I am a wall breaker downer.

I am Shakay.

I am an enigma.

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