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Writing Masterclass: Attitudes (Strategy 7 in the Writing Masterclass Series)

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12 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Intro (Please note the whole series is broken down by one Strategy per course, not two strategies)

    • 2. Introduction and Writing Attitudes: Don't Over Explain Strategy 7 Technique 1

    • 3. Writing Attitudes: Break Down Large Tasks Strategy 7 Technique 2

    • 4. Writing Attitudes: Be Brutal With Your Words Strategy 7 Technique 3

    • 5. Writing Attitudes Think Small Strategy 7 Technique 4

    • 6. Writing Attitudes: Know Your Voice Strategy 7 Technique 5

    • 7. Writing Attitudes: Write for Yourself First Strategy 7 Technique 6

    • 8. Writing Attitudes: Write What You Care About Strategy 7 Technique 7

    • 9. Writing Attitudes: Trust Your Curiosity Strategy 7 Technique 8

    • 10. Writing Attitudes: Trust Your Process Strategy 7 Technique 9

    • 11. Writing Attitudes: Silence the Internal Critic Strategy 7 Technique 1 0

    • 12. ClosingThoughts

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In this course you will learn to hone your style and craft in the fundamentals of effective writing.

  • Practice effective word usage and economy
  • Implement proactive sentence structure
  • Utilize effective word order and sentence flow
  • Create strong intros, conclusions, paragraph order, and variety
  • Strategize your purpose and unity with maximum effect
  • Convince your reader through strong logic and presentation
  • Understand what attitudes will give you an edge in your writing
  • Practice effective habits that will help you create the writing quality you desire

This course is intended to be part of the series, Writing Masterclass: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Mastery. "Writing Attitudes" is Strategy 7 of this series:

Strategy 1, Writing Words

Strategy 2, Writing Sentences

Strategy 3 Writing Structures

Strategy 4, Writing Paragraphs

Strategy 5, Writing Purpose

Strategy 6, Writing Presentaiton

Strategy 7, Writing Attitudes

Strategy 8 Writing Habits

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Rachel Leroy

Stop Striving and Start Thriving


Rachel Leroy BA, MA, MFA

Writing Professor and Personal Growth Teacher


As a teacher and lifelong learner, I'm excited to engage my creativity and expertise to help students and other learners engage in empowering learning experiences that will help them succeed in their careers, education, and lives. With thirteen years experience as an Assistant Professor in English, writing, and composition at Georgia Southern University, I have acquired experience teaching writing and composition, creative writing, critical thinking and logic, online learning, research methods, first year college experience, student-centered learning, editing, grammar, and literature.

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1. Intro (Please note the whole series is broken down by one Strategy per course, not two strategies): hello and welcome to writing that sales techniques that transform your writing. This course offers you an opportunity to improve your riding style through specific techniques that you can apply right away to your writing process. Now this isn't a course on how to sell your riding directly, but it's a course on how to improve your riding style itself, which will increase the chances that you're riding will sell itself. In addition to specific marketing strategies that you may use, the course covers different sections of the writing process and nuts and bolts techniques on how to improve your writing process and your riding style. It covers all the way from the word level, all the way to global issues, all the way to habits and attitudes. The course is set up into four sections, one section on words and sentences, so it starts with words and then builds into sentences. Then there's another section on paragraphs and structures, and so it's scaffold and build into paragraphs in structures in terms of larger chunks of the writing process. And then it goes into purpose and presentation, which is looking more at global ideas, combining paragraphs and combining host structures of your piece to see what it looks like as a whole, and then stepping back from your writing pieces individually and looking at them as a group . You will also have a section on habits and attitudes that can help maximize your writing process, help you to improve your riding style and help you to increase the chances of succeeding in your goals as a writer. Now, this course is for anybody who wants to improve the writing style. It's targeted more for beginners, but it could also be useful for intermediate riders. Whether you're a business writer, a creative writer, someone who writes poems, short stories, poetry, someone who blocks someone who writes academically. Whatever the case, maybe there's a little bit of something for everyone in this course. If you're an advanced writer, you may find things that will help you here. But this is more, of course, for in intermediate and beginning writers, the goal of this course and what it will do for you, this course. Like I said, we'll help you to improve yourself as a writer in a way that will be techniques that you can apply practically and specifically and, um, each course section. Like I said, it's set up into two strategies per section. There's eight strategies total several techniques per strategy and each technique. For most of them. There is an explanation. First a rule and then an explanation, a demonstration or an example and then an application of it in some way so that you can put it into practice right away. The example helps you to see that particular technique in practice, and then the exercise and or the quiz at the end of each particular strategy will actually help you to apply that technique so you know how to use it in your own riding, and you can apply it right away. Keep in mind that none of these techniques are necessarily catch alls. For example, if we say use active voice, that doesn't mean that you use active voice 100% of the time. So keep in mind that these techniques are not all out rules, even though that word may be used on occasion to describe these techniques. So if there's a case where active voice is not appropriate or it doesn't flow, well, then don't use it. So this is like I said, Each technique is not a catch all but a general rule of thumb. In each situation, you'll need to look at the context of the situation to see what's most appropriate, like anything, for example, a musician. First, you have to learn the rules before you can break them, and then once you understand the nature of them, that's when breaking them becomes appropriate because you understand the context of a situation. So keep that in mind as well. Um, but this course is unique because it covers a wider range of techniques than some of the similar courses that air included on this side and similar sites because it includes a wider range of techniques in many cases, and also it covers habits and attitudes. I think it's important not just a look at the Senate's level and the word level, the paragraph level and the whole work level. But to stand back and look at your works as a whole and look at patterns in your own riding style and patterns in your habits that influence those techniques, and so we'll talk about and cover that as well. The course is set up in terms of each of the sections in each of the techniques in each of the strategies. For each section, there will be two videos with talking over slide shows, so they'll be to slide shows per section, and there will be a talking head video over each one that will guide you through that process. At the end of that talking head video or slide show, there will be either a quiz or a some kind of technique or exercise to apply to that. In some cases, there may be both, but in most cases it will be either one or the other, depending on which is more appropriate in that situation. So let's go ahead and get started and welcome to the course writing that sales techniques that will transform your writing. 2. Introduction and Writing Attitudes: Don't Over Explain Strategy 7 Technique 1 : Hi and welcome back. We are in the last section of the course. Can you believe it? It's moved very quickly. We are in the last section, which includes attitudes and habits. This is one thing that makes this particular course unique. Some of them will have writing strategies and nuts and bolts instructions and grammatical and style instructions. But a lot of thumb don't include habits and attitudes. And I think that's a really important section to go with the style to go with the grammatical instructions on how to improve your riding style. Because I think that there's a lot of overlap there. And there's a lot of, um, just things that your habits and attitudes feed into those. And so Strategy seven is attitudes and strategy seven is to set realistic expectations and trust your instincts, set realistic expectations and trust your instincts. Be realistic about what you can accomplish. That's one of the main things that I've had a problem with is that I want to try to take on too much. I want my work to be perfect, and it can't do either of those things. And so that's one thing that we're gonna some of the things we're going to talk about in the attitude section here. Also break larger tasks into smaller ones and trust your own voice, instincts and interest. So be realistic about what you can accomplish. Break larger tasks into smaller ones and trust your own voice, instincts and interests. Now strategy. Seven Technique. One is don't over explain. Don't over explain and that one kind of overlaps with the ones that we were talking about with the word economy, with tightening your prose with cutting out unneeded words. But this one is on a broader scale in terms of the attitude that you take towards your riding. And that's why this is a separate technique. Don't over explain. The explanation is often less is more writers, sometimes over explained to ensure the reader understands their point. Once again, I have a lot of weaknesses in my writer. My writing that I'm constantly working with and striving to improve and struggling with and over explaining just seems to be one of those things that my brain is naturally wired to do . And, um, like I have students say we get it, you know. But for me, I would rather over explain something to them than them not understand something. But the problem with that is that a lot of times there's an overcorrection there, and so something is overstated, and it just undermines the credibility of the reader, the rider, not a reader. And it also can be boring. It can make something needlessly long. So trust your readers intelligence and don't over explain present ideas clearly on the other end. I have seen people that tried that so much that it didn't make sense. So you gotta use your instincts and front that right balance, Um, but present ideas clearly, but leave just enough unsaid that the reader can put ideas together on their own. Here's an example from a piece of fiction. Homer was a reliable, stable child, always keeping his younger brother Charlie safe and out of trouble. Once again, it's back to some of the previous strategies where you don't want to overuse exposition. In most cases, you want to explain through the action, but also you're just kind of being the reader over the head. Homer was a reliable, stable child, but if you put that into the action of the story, you can tell the reader can imply that through the actions. And here's some action that does tell us that Homer was a reliable staple child and that he was always keeping his younger brother, Charlie, out of trouble when walking home from school. Homer once stood between Charlie and an angry wild boar. He didn't have his gun. The hog mauled homer for a full minute, throwing his body in different directions on the ground until his three brothers managed to kick it off. So we see that Homer would do anything to protect his younger brother and to the point that he would potentially give up his life for that and so that he's a stable, reliable person comes through in the character that we see in those actions and so don't over explain is technique one and strategy one of attitudes. 3. Writing Attitudes: Break Down Large Tasks Strategy 7 Technique 2 : welcome to strategy seven. Technique to strategy seven technique to states. Apply this saying to tackling projects in this dust sound kind of corny, and it seems kind of obvious. But I think it's important to put it in here because it's one of those things that we do need to be reminded of because it's easier said than done. And it's one of those things we know we should do. But a lot of times we don't practices in the heat of the moment when we're caught up in projects and the saying is by the yard life, it's hard by the inch. Life's a cinch by the yard. Life is hard by the inch. Life's a cinch, and it's a note saying, and I've seen it worded other similar ways, but you get the meaning of it just by what it stairs. Um, it basically means to break larger tests into smaller, bite sauced ones. Once again, it's easier said than done, and one example is as I've been videoing this course, I've been working on doing one video per technique with any strategy. At first I thought I was going to do one long video for every overall strategy, and I found very quickly that that was gonna be intimidating. The it would be too long, I would make more mistakes, and it would bore the audience more. And so I thought, Well, just break it down into more bite size sections, and it will be easier. It's like, you know, trying to eat an entire giant sandwich at once, and if you cut it into smaller pieces, then you can eat it more readily if it's one of those giant sandwiches you get at a restaurant. But in terms of in terms of breaking things down into smaller boxes attitudes. Here's a quotation from a book called Bird by Bird By and Lamont. It's a classic riding manual. It's a classic piece on how to right effectively the attitude you want to take, how you live the writer's life. And here's the quotation. 30 years ago, my older brother he was 10 years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written he'd had three months to write, which was due the next day. It doesn't sound like anybody does it, um, have a lot of students that do that, unfortunately, and I've been guilty of it myself. But, she says, We were out at our family cabin and Belene ISS, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder, paper and pencils and unopened books on birds immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead . We can all probably reference a memory from our childhood where we were in this situation, and it does not feel good. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder and said, Bird by bird, Buddy, just take it bird by bird. And that's an Lamont Bird by Bird. And that's where her title comes from. And I think it's pretty self explanatory. When you get called up in a large project, it's good to sit down and say, OK, I'm gonna write two pages a day or five pages a day, or 10 pages a day. The reason a lot of people don't get a thesis or dissertation done is because they get intimidated and they never finish it. But if they just regardless of how crappy it is, or how whatever comes out comes out, it's a place to start. And if they were to say, OK, I'm gonna in a year get a 250 word dissertation written. I'm going to write one page a day that could get it done in less than a year, or I'm going to write two pages a day or three and just do it. Take the half an hour, take the hour and do and just get something out. Don't worry about if it's perfect. Just get it out and break it down into their steps and religiously follow whatever you know , plan your work and then work your plan. And so, even though it's obvious and it's one of those things that everybody already knows, I think it's important to reiterate, um, to break things down into bite size morsels so that there are a lot easier to digest, a lot easier to process and a lot easier to do. And then you have to stick with what you say you're going to do. That's hard, but it's That's the key to the successful finishing of a longer project. And just remember by the yard life is hard by the inch. Life's a cinch. As corny as it sounds, it's very true, and that is technique to strategy. Seven attitudes 4. Writing Attitudes: Be Brutal With Your Words Strategy 7 Technique 3 : hi and welcome back strategy. Seven Attitudes technique. Three. Technique. Three states don't become overly attached to words. Phrases or sentences don't become attached. A word sprays is or sentences, and the attitude or the reasoning behind that is, if something isn't doing useful work, it's important to cut if you go back to the beginning of the course. We talked about the bracket technique and how you congenitally eliminate words by putting brackets around words that might not be doing useful things, that they're not saying anything unique. And in order to promote word economy and efficiency, to make your sentences Chris and to make him snap into activate, to eliminate, there's unnecessary words that weight down the construction of your sentences. And so there's an attitude to that as well. And so I think that's why it's important to incorporate it here as well. Don't become overly attached, a words, phrases or sentences. If something isn't doing useful work, cut it. Often. Riders become attached to clever and cute turns of phrase, but if they are not necessary, be brutal for the sake of your works. Overall quality. Once again, it's kind of corny, but you know, you get attached to your writing. I do. I do it all the time. I'm like, Oh, this is such a cool phrase and I'm trying to find a way to make the poem or the section in their revolve around this really cool soon. It's where this really cool friends, and it's just not working. It's It's like taking care of a baby. You get up at three in the morning and take care of the baby because that's for the good of the child. You know you're not going to just sleep through it on purpose. No decent human being would do that. You get up and take care of your child because that's what your child needs. You could almost see your writing pieces, a child, what is best for it. Overall, it's just like when you love your child and you have to punish them or correct, Um, and they get upset and or you say no. And the purpose of that is because you love them because you want to help them to help, too shake their moral character, help them to be a good person who is happy, and in the long run you have to do something unpleasant to help that situation. So it's kind of the same with cutting words it make. If it makes your piece better than go ahead and do it, even if you're attached to the words, even if it's not easy cut, be brutal when you have to be brutal. I'm not saying people would be brutal with their Children. But in the case of writing, yes, be brutal and so just keep in mind technique. Three. Don't become attached a words, phrases or sentences. An example of that. Um, here's one word has a lot of unneeded words and phrases, kind of like some of the examples that we looked at in the earlier technique on that, if something isn't doing useful work. Cut it, though. And here's the example. The air and sky were hard stealing and great on that December day, when I was eight years old, I paraded a red spandex leotardo and with sequins red and silver down the front of the outfit it had read. Tass is there's a lot going on there. There's a lot of images. It's kind of not overwhelming, but there's just it's busy, almost like you can see the image of that leotardo. Here is a better correction where a lot of cute, maybe phrases or descriptive things were cut out that maybe weren't necessary. But it's still clear. You can still get a clear sense of it. It's not over cut. The sky was hard and grey that December when I was eight years old. I wore a red leotardo red spandex layer tarred with silver sequins and read Tass is and so that one is shorter. It's still got a clear image of what it looks like, but a lot of that is cut out. So don't become overly attached to words, phrases or sequences, sentences, and that is technique. Three of Strategy seven. 5. Writing Attitudes Think Small Strategy 7 Technique 4: Hello and welcome to technique. Four of strategy seven Attitudes. Technique. Four states don't expect to have the last word on a subject that has been one of the hardest things for me to learn as a writer. And what that means is that a lot of times were well intentioned, and we want our peace, even if we don't do it in a vain way, or we don't do it consciously. A lot of times, what we end up doing is thinking this has to be perfect. I need to say everything about this, and it might just be perfectionistic and unconscious. But a lot of people do have that problem. Don't, um, you know, so just don't expect to have the last word on a subject. Think Small thinks small. Many well intentioned writers feel obligated to cover everything on a topic, but this simply isn't possible. Narrow your choice to a corner of a broader topic and do that corner justice. And that's why I tell my students, unless you're writing a book on something, even when you write a book, you're still gonna narrow your topic Some. But the scope of a piece is another thing you want to think about when you set up your unities in your rhetorical situation. And so, in terms of not expecting to have the last word on the subject, I'll tell my Steve it. You can't write an entire paper on all of gun control pink a particular law, pick a particular state, pick a particular segment of time and then make an argument on that and do justice to it. And that's a lot better. And that's not trying to have the last authority on it. So do justice to something watching narrow it, make it focus, Nick. Make it nearer, make it matter, and then go from there. Here are some examples from famous novels JD Salander Excuse Me, J. D. Salinger doesn't write about every teenage angst he writes about holding from Angers Team um, Pennsylvania. John Steinbeck doesn't write about the Great Depression. He doesn't write about all of the Great Depression. He writes about George Milton and Lennie Small, focusing on their individual stories during the Depression. And so that's an example of famous novels. It applies the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, all genres to pick a small corner of a subject and do that justice. Don't try to write about. I'm not saying you can't write about grand topics and stuff like that. But a lot of times when something is broad, it also tends to be vague in general. And then there's nothing new. You're not saying anything new about it, so when you pick something within that, you're doing more justice to it, ironically, and it's more focused, and you know what? Your ideas just come across in a very explicit and clear way that engages the reader. It's like using concrete imagery and poetry, maybe to represent a broader concept. People write about love all the time. But when you use a for trying to represent love, that gives it a clearer image, and you do justice to it in the way that you're trying to do it instead of making it broad , cliche, vague and abstract, so just keep in mind to you don't expect to have the last word on a subject 6. Writing Attitudes: Know Your Voice Strategy 7 Technique 5: Hello and welcome to technique. Five of strategy seven Additives Technique. Five. Um, States to know your voice. No, your voice. The first half of those were a lot of dumps. The first half of this strategy the second half focuses more on being true to yourself, trusting your instincts, knowing who you are. It's a very important process in life, but almost everything that you do in life. You also want to apply to your riding wife. Writing is a great metaphor for life in that way. No, your voice is one of the important things, just like no myself, um, explanation. Even if you write in various genres and subjects, keep a certain unis in everything that you write. Keep your voice in each piece of writing and don't change it to fit the piece, though other elements will change. Now, let me clarify. Here, the style of each piece will change according to the rhetorical situation. Um, your tone will change. Your attitude will even change. But there's a certain units, like I said, that you want to keep throughout where you're you and where you don't compromise who you are in order to create a piece once again trying things. Experiment, Figure out who that you is and that you may evolve. But when you know who you are, try to be consistent with that and be true to that. Because when you try to be like somebody else or you are not saying, don't imitate good writers. But when you suppress who you really are in your writing, your denying the world the wonderful uniqueness that is you. And if you think about other riders and ones that are very unique, or singers or artists that have their own unique flavor, signature style, color, emotion what would our world be like without Shakespeare's uniqueness? What would it be like without Toni Morrison's uniqueness or Picassos or box or Most Arts? It would be, you know, or Bob Marley? I mean, the world would just be a lot less colorful. I'm just very grateful and very thankful that those artists were very true to themselves, and they let their own uniqueness come through because that's what make their music and their art beautiful. And it applies to writing life and all forms of art. But be true to your identity and your voice and your heritage. That doesn't mean that you cannot write different people, cultures and experiences, but your voice should be uniquely yours. Read diverse, eloquent writers, and you'll get a clear picture that no voice is the same. Shakespeare and Toni Morrison are both celebrated. Our authors both worlds apart, give the world the enjoyment of your unique voice on those air the examples that I came up with that one. So just think about anything that you love, whether it's movies or music or art or novels or poetry. Or just think of anything like that and think about the diversity and think about how you love certain artists that might be similar. And then think about how you love certain artists that are so wildly in crazy, different from each other. And it's wonderful that we have that gift. It's an amazing thing to have and so don't deny the world. Your unique flavor in that sense is well, and so know your voice. And even when you change your rhetorical situation, try to keep a certain units and everything that you do, and that is technique number five 7. Writing Attitudes: Write for Yourself First Strategy 7 Technique 6: Hi and welcome to technique. Six. Right for yourself first, this is from Strategy seven attitudes. Technique. Six is right for yourself. First, for concern of making some of these cliche. I thought about leaving amount, and then I decided, you know, it's really important to include thes because a beginning writer may not be aware of them, or maybe they need to hear it more. And so I decided to go ahead and incorporate a lot of these habits and attitudes that people may already know. But right for yourself first is another one of those you've probably heard. But it's easy to forget about it in practice. And I'm not saying don't write for a specific audience. Don't correct it. Things that need to be corrected. Like I said, all things in context, every writer has a unique identity. Justus. Muchas every human Don't compare yourself to other riders as any form of comparison is not accurate or productive. And so this whenever relax with some of the other techniques that we've done and the one that we just did before. But this one is just when you write right for yourself first because there will be an authenticity that comes out in it. You don't want your writing to have any affectation or to seem contrived. You want it to come across as genuine regardless of your style, regardless of the tone, regardless of the kind of peace. And when you write for yourself. In some sense, on a more fundamental level, you're writing will come across as genuine and authentic because everybody can spot a phony a mile away. And you know, I'm not accusing anybody being a phony, but everybody's done. Those things were they said yes to somebody. You're acted like they like something or somebody when they didn't. And there's just something sickening about that that people don't like when they can see that something is contrived and you probably I feel that in yourself when you feel like you've had to do that. We've all been in that situation may be playing politics or something, but in your riding, like I said, try to be authentic. That might be another way of putting it to write for yourself. First an example of that. If you're college rival James Stewart has five books published in 65 articles in major magazines. Who cares I mean, great for her. You know, we've all probably had a friend or a rival or somebody we went to school with, or somebody on Facebook or somebody we know that just seems to have everything together and everything's perfect. And no matter how good we are, their team times better. There's always going to be somebody better than us. But what is better? I mean, it really is something that we define ourselves. And so when that happens, that has nothing to do with your potential is a writer and it takes nothing from you. It doesn't take anything away from your abilities that unique, wonderful, unique Eunice that we were talking about in the previous technique. Do what is true, too, and for you, persist and celebrate your gifts. Revel in your gifts. I don't necessarily mean that in an arrogant way, but a lot of people you know, they compare themselves to other people or they forget about who they are. And it's important to really make sure that you stay true to yourself. And don't compare yourself to other people. Who cares what anybody else is doing? It's good to know, and it's good to congratulate other people and be supportive of other people. And I believe that in my opinion, that we should do that. But that doesn't mean that we downgrade ourselves or that we compare ourselves in any way and so be true to yourself. First is the next strategy. Three. Only person that you can write for is yourself so right for yourself first, and that is technique six of Strategy six and we are moving right along. 8. Writing Attitudes: Write What You Care About Strategy 7 Technique 7: Welcome to technique. Seven in strategy seven attitudes, technique. Seven states, Right. What you care about? Some of these techniques seem to go together. A lot of them are very similar, but I like to separate them so that we can focus on each one a little bit individually. Right? What you care about is more about what you're focusing on your right in your riding instead of your attitude about yourself as a writer. And the explanation for that is right, what interests you? Most people have a lot of different kinds of interests, and some people have a very focused interest. But whatever is interesting, Teoh, you focus on that. Um, many p people believe certain subjects that they love are dumb as writing pieces. For example, if you love skateboarding, you're like, Who would want to read a piece about skateboarding? But some of the best pieces that I've ever read were subjects that I didn't think I was interested in. But the reader, the writer, made me interested in them that passion, that engagement that we've talked about. If you care about something and it comes out in your riding, your reader will know that and So that's what we're talking about here. So if you think something is dumb, if you engage in the top that your reader will also there is really there's really not a lot of topics that are dumb. It's just It depends on how we present the topic. An example. If you love cats, Inter engaged in writing a piece on this subject. Your reader is also more likely to be engaged in the riding as well, especially if you can connect it. Teoh Universal themes and things that connect everybody together. For example, I'm reading a book by Laura Hillenbrand called Um Unbroken, and it's about a World War two veteran. He just recently passed away, and he was in the Olympics as a runner, and then he became a POW in a Japanese war camp. Well, I love World War two, but I don't necessarily like to read biographies about that with the way her voice is in the peace and the way she makes it come toe life. It engages me because of how she writes it, and if you can bring that to your riding, you can engage the reader in subjects that maybe they didn't think they were interested in either. And the next thing you know, you've got somebody's grandmother reading a piece on skateboarding because it's funny and it's engaging and it's genuine, and it's well written and well constructed. And so just write what you care about. Um, often your engagement is what keeps the reader reading not the subject, but because the interest comes through in the writing. If you were engaged, they will be engaged as well. 9. Writing Attitudes: Trust Your Curiosity Strategy 7 Technique 8 : Welcome back. We are moving right along, CASS. We have been for a while now, and we are on strategy. Seven attitudes, and we're in technique. Eight. Technique. Eight states. Trust your curiosity. It's still going along the vein of the ideas in the previous techniques, and that's to trust yourself. No yourself. Engage the reader. Trust your curiosity. If there's something that you want to learn about, Ah, lot of times, um, it may make a good writing opportunity. Not always, but it's something to consider. Your enthusiasm comes through in your writing, and your reader is more likely to engage in the peace as well. So trust your curiosity. An example of that. While similar to following your interests when you find yourself curious about a topic, followed your instincts. The gut feeling that you have in here and investigate those instincts are usually leading you somewhere and follow and write what has energy for you. And so when you're, um, you know, curious about something, it might be a potential writing subject. It may not be, but follow your curiosities, and that's where a lot of people become experts on things self taught experts in many cases and toe for technique. Seven. Just remember to trust your curiosity. Trust your curiosity 10. Writing Attitudes: Trust Your Process Strategy 7 Technique 9 : Hello. Welcome to technique. Nine. In strategy seven Attitudes Technique. Nine states Trust yourself. Previously it was. Trust your curiosity on and write what you care about, and now it's trust yourself. Find the process that works for you. There are a lot of different ways that you can generate ideas in your writing. There's a lot of different ways you could draft. There's a lot of different ways you can set up your style as long as it works. And reading good writers is a way to see the diverse ways that different writers go about their process. Reading about what they do and reading their nonfiction about the running processes, I've found very, very hopeful. So trust yourself and find the process that works for you. It's just like learning to play the piano or learning riding itself. First you learn the rules, and you do, for example, piano. You do scales over and over and over until you're sick of him and you play songs and you learn to put those notes together to play more complex songs. And then after a while it starts to come. Naturally, it's more unconscious or a subconscious thing, and so when you get to the point where you understand the rules intrinsically, that's when you learn to use your instincts. And you can break thumb when you look at the context of a situation and so trusting yourself and finding the process that works for you. Once you learn those techniques first and experiment with things you'll find what works for you in one situation may not work for you and another. And so you need to keep trying, reapplying and remaining conscious of what techniques work for you any what situations. So while the rules are good practices, find the process that works for you. Learn the rules, practice them and then learn when it is appropriate to bend or break. And that one an example of that for would be that many authors have a daily quota in how much they ride each day. For example, author Conan Doyle allegedly wrote 3000 words a day. That's quite a lot for one day. But other riders Stephen King, for example, writes 2000 that's still quite a bit. Perfectionists may only get 500 out, but the key here is productivity's If it works for you. If nothing's coming out. It's not working. But if you're writing 500 words a day and you do that every day, then that's good. If that works for me, um, if you're a poet, you may write two or 300 were today. It just depends example to some writers type or scribble manly for hours to produce a torrent of works like a free right or like just stream of conscious. But others meticulously construct an outline before writing a word. Whatever works, tried different techniques, find what works for you and go with it. And then don't be afraid to try something different. And if it doesn't work, worst case scenario like look, that didn't work OK, but at least I tried it. So the whole don't knock it until you try it thing. You know you're good there, Um, and what works for you, like I said, may vary from one situation to the next. It's about staying open and being clear about each context, and adapting to that context is a critical thinking skill that good riders have. So just make sure that you're staying open, an aware and open to trying new things. But at the same time using experience that has worked for you. And so just a recap of technique. Nine. Trust yourself and find the process that works for you. Just because somebody else does something differently and it doesn't work for you, that's okay. It doesn't make you a bad writer. It just means that you have a different way, and that's OK. 11. Writing Attitudes: Silence the Internal Critic Strategy 7 Technique 1 0: Wow. We're at our last technique in strategy seven, and we only have one more strategy after the US, So we have moved through this course and we have made a lot of progress. Are last technique is technique 10 and this is our longest by far strategy in the whole course, and attitudes are important, and so it's good to break them down. But technique. 10 states silence the internal critic early in the writing process, and this is one of the main things that I emphasize with my students the first couple of weeks of a composition class. The explanation. The internal judge, our critic, is the number one block to productive writing. At least that's what I've seen in my students, and that's what I've seen in myself. So meaning writers. So many writers expect perfection, a completed product or the last word on a first or second draft. But strong riding takes several drafts. The process is messy by nature, and that's okay. And so we all have this internal critic, or at least most people do where something has to be perfect were too worried about the finished product. Not that that's not important. That early in the writing process. It really isn't as important as it is later on and said it blocks a lot of people that perfectionism. That's probably my greatest weakness as a writer, something that I really struggled with. And that's where you just at some point have to just do it. It's true on, and you have to silence that internal critic early in the writing process and in strategy. Eight. We'll talk about some specific techniques for getting ahead of that internal critic so that it can't catch up with you. The judge cannot lock up and stop you from saying what it is you need to say from getting ideas out. And if those ideas start off being chaotic and messy and not making a lot of sense, that's OK. But that's what a first draft us four and we'll get into that more like I said in the next strategy. But just keep in mind that it's the number one block to writing any work on silencing that internal critic. Remember that writing is a process right stream of conscious. If you have this problem and just let the mess be what it is as the Army says. Embrace the suck. Its first drafts generally suck. I encourage you to read shitty first draft by an LaMotte. It is a great peace on this, very think. Another one that is good. Is Dorothy a brand? Her book on the writing process is also very helpful on that. But early in the writing process, your job is to generate ideas and thoughts. Later in the writing process, you can look at riding with a more critical eye, and so just a quick recap of technique. 10. Remember to silence the internal critic, silence the internal critic early in the writing process, and that wraps it up for strategy. Seventh and I will see you in strategy eight. 12. 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