The one area of my blogging that is sorely in need of attention is my writing. I have lots of words in my head, but when it comes time to typing them up, they don’t come out the same way, or I don’t have the time to get them from head to ‘paper’. I chose to attend the Indaba break away workshop hosted by Jamie and Jeanne and it was a fantastic session. These break away sessions allowed the delegates to chose which skills to hone in on, and I am so glad I chose this one. We were given a writing task to do – 150 words written straight off the top of our heads. Below is what I wrote:
Living in a small fishing village. the sea is a vital part of our existence. The southerly wind brings with it a saltiness and the sounds of waves crashing on the rocks. Each summer weekend is taken up with cray fishing and these ugly looking sea creatures transform into a meal best eaten with your fingers. Plainly grilled and with a hint of garlic, the butter will drip off your fingers. What is an ordinary, everyday meal for us was a rare and special treat for our guests. Their pleasure in partaking a simple starter made a week’s worth of preparations more than worthwhile. The evening was off to more than a good start, the smell of wood on the braai,watching the sunset and enjoying wine with good friends, all of this accompanied by fine food, perfection indeed.
Both Jeanne and Jamie made a point about editing, and rereading our blogs (see here for more) and you will see I have one word in red. Had I reread this I would have noticed the use of the same word in two sentences. Jamie also pointed out that I had left out the setting! The heat of the day had to feature somewhere in my writing.
My aim: to have an opening paragraph for each post of at least 150 words. A discipline I am going to make habit.
What was interesting to note was that Jeanne has a visual memory. I have participated in many NLP workshops and I learnt from a young age how to work out memory storage. I have aural memory, so I remember words better than faces and places. Here are the points passed on by Jamie and Jeanne:
- write as you talk
- set the scene and the mood
- think about the adjective/s for your main ingredient and then use this in your story
- write with your senses
- show with your words
- write every day as writing is a skill