This week Tanya has asked our opinion about this quote;
“Reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
She also asks our advice;
As an aspiring writer, I would like you to tell me what to read and how to read ?
Who can deny the truth of this quote! We learn by reading. From our very first alphabet book to big tomes of literature, it is all learning- words to express ourselves, correct use of grammar, and how to use different literary devices to our best advantage.
I’m no writer, but I love reading. I have no intention of publishing a story book/ novel, but I still love to read. Reading is not only educational but it’s also as an escape. We open the pages of a book and enter a new world/ universe.
How reading has helped me become a better writer?
It has expanded my vocabulary and I have learned how and when to use words so that they have the maximum impact. I’ve also subconsciously gathered many plots in my mind which peak out when I write a short/ very short story. I have also learned about human nature and how people behave under different circumstances. All these things are a valuable assets to anyone wishing to be an author.
I agree with this quote that the more we read the better we will write. As for what to read and how to read; I think one should read everything ( meaning all genres ) so that the reading experience is broad and balanced. Read whenever you can, not as a compulsory subject in school, but as an enjoyment that will add to your knowledge.
Have you experienced a betrayal of trust? If so, did it affect your ability to trust again?
I think this is something most people have experienced, to a lesser or greater degree. I felt betrayed when I used to have high expectations of others, including family and friends and they wouldn’t come up to the high standards I held up them to.
At that time I found that it wasn’t easy to trust people like before. But with age and life experience, I’ve toned down my expectations of others and have come to understand that it’s very rare that others would give you the same consideration that they give themselves. So now I do trust people, but never implicitly!
Do you consider yourselves a trustworthy friend? Have you ever betrayed the trust of another even if they never knew? Would others see you as trustworthy?
Like other human beings, I too am fallible. I do try to protect the confidence of others to the best of my abilities, try to be a sincere friend to them, and give them my support when they need me. And I think that my friends see me as trustworthy. If I’ve unwittingly betrayed anyone’s trust, I don’t remember them calling me out on this. But I am a babble mouth and sometimes I do say too much! TMI!
How do you recover and allow yourself to trust and be vulnerable again?
I’d only trust to a certain extent and not more. It’s not smart to be vulnerable to others when they’ve betrayed your trust once. It’s best to keep your inner feelings to yourself or to share them with someone who shares them, like my husband.
The crescent moon hangs low in the sky, waiting for the time of its ascent in the scheme of things, when it will grow and attain maturity. So an early moon is just like a piece of change in the softening sky, till it reaches its full glory in 14 days.Then the power it holds over its sister orb is evident in the form of strong waves and tides created, by its just being there.
Sonny sat and contemplated how the moon had influenced her life and that of the billions living on this planet. What would have happened if there was no moon to hold the atmosphere on Earth in balance; would there be life here at all?
The rules for prosery are simple:
Your prosery can be flash-fiction or creative non-fiction, but not poetry. It should be no longer than 144 words in total (not including the title). No versification, line breaks, meter, etc). Most importantly, it must include the given poetry line, word for word, within the prose.
You may break the line only to insert or add punctuation, but you cannot change the words in the line or insert words within the prompt line. You cannot break up the prompt line with sentences or paragraphs.
The prompt line is:
“An early moon is just a piece of change in the softening sky. “
“I want a donut too, just like the ones the kid on the shore was eating!” Bleu sulked and pleaded simultaneously.
Mom was amused. “Fish don’t eat donuts, my love”, she told her strapping big son.
“Please, please, please……..” Mommy loved Bleu and gave in to his pleading. But where to get a donut big enough to satisfy her son. He was a baby dolphin, and a human sized donut wouldn’t even register in his mouth.
She spotted a lifebuoy floating near the surface, and quickly made a dive towards it. Grabbing its rope in her teeth, she pulled it free and offered it to Bleu. “Here’s your donut my dear”
In one big bite, the lifebuoy deflated and Bleu thought he had eaten it. Both the mom and baby were happy.
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