Patterns, Patterns Everywhere and Not a Drop of Ink

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By Hope Hall

I think that writing is taught much the same as we teach grammar. Teaching someone how grammar works is not teaching them to read. They must know how to read to understand grammar. Creative writing has patterns much like grammar has patterns. These professors can teach students what patterns they are already using and how to utilize them effectively just as well as professors can teach students new patterns. I feel that teaching creative writing is all about showing writers how to effectively write not just write.

Because writing is a solitary activity, most writers don’t compare notes on their processes. Some colleges have writing clubs, but those members comment only on the final product. While feedback is helpful and sometimes necessary, what burgeoning writers need is a learned hand directing their progress. Sure, you can learn passively through reading, but sometimes, people don’t learn in that manner.

A good number of people learn from seeing examples, especially if that example is something they are doing (writing). Creative writing teachers foster the potential in their students. When I took one of my first creative writing classes, my teacher saw that I was using language and syntax that I artificially created. She encouraged me to use my own voice because I had talent. I was able to cultivate my voice.

Just like grammar classes, creative writing classes teach students how to write better than they did before. So I don’t think that writing can be taught. I think writing is influenced and nurtured by these teachers. Like John Barth was saying, there are a lot people writing but few are true writers. Teachers teach students to hone their skills to help them write something worth reading. I don’t think that creative writing classes teach you how to write. I think those classes arm you and teach you how to think in order to become a writer.

What do you think? Can writing be taught? Check out these two articles for a look at two differing opinions.

Hilarious and Helpful Tips from What Women Want

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By Editorial Intern, Anjali Ajmani

Lauren Atterbery’s What Women Want is not your typical self-help book for men. It just isn’t. Full of humor, a straight-forward tone, and a few embarrassing scenarios, What Women Want guides men through every aspect of relationships from focusing on appearances and attire in preparation for meeting women, to going places to meet women, to kissing techniques, to building conversation, to date ideas, to meeting each other’s friends and parents, to wedding planning, and so much more. Even if some of Lauren’s advice sounds a little ridiculous, (what man actually shaves his toes?) you’ll laugh through each page, anxiously looking forward to what she has to say next. Even though What Women Want is clearly written for men, you don’t have to be a man to enjoy it. Women should read it too. It’s quite the hilarious read.

My favorite chapters from What Women Want are the “So You Want a Date” and “The Girlfriend” chapters. Lauren talks about how important it is for a man to pay attention to his looks. Funnily enough, according to Lauren, it’s perfectly okay for a man to go two days without shaving, but it’s not okay for a man to have hair on his toes or his back. Lauren writes that men shouldn’t wear flip-flops with jeans – she says it puts them in the ‘partying too hard’ category, and she adds that if men wear khaki pants, they need to wear black or brown shoes. Lauren’s nitpicky advice will make you laugh.

Several date ideas are listed throughout the book. I particularly liked the idea of the Dollar-Store date. This date involves the man giving the woman $20 and telling her to buy whatever she wants at the Dollar-Store. That sounds like a lot of fun to me because you can buy plenty of stuff at the Dollar-Store with $20. Another cool date idea is the Blind Cookie Decorating Date in which the man and the woman bake cookies together and then decorate them blindfolded! The Rewind Date is the most interesting date that Lauren mentions. On the Rewind Date, the man and woman do a typical date in reverse – they share a goodnight kiss, grab a coffee, go to a restaurant where they ask for their dessert first, then they order their entrée, and they finish their meal with an appetizer. This date idea sounds so much fun. I’m definitely going to try it out!

What Women Want discusses stress and arguments or disagreements between couples too. Lauren writes about the value of being patient with each other, forgiving each other, and giving each other space. For instance, Lauren advises that men and women set aside at least one day a week where they do things separately.

Whether you’re reading What Women Want because you’re a man looking for some advice on women or you’re reading it because you’re a woman looking for some laughs, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! What’s your favorite tip from What Women Want? I’d like to hear your take on it.



Let’s Take a Minute to Talk About Lupus

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We would like to take a minute to talk about something very important that affects millions of lives – Lupus. A chronic autoimmune disease, Lupus affects at least 1.5 million Americans. There are 16,000 new cases per year, with this number only growing.

Diagnosing Lupus

Sadly, there are many who are undiagnosed. Diagnosing Lupus is difficult because the symptoms can be similar to many different kinds of diseases, meaning a careful review of the symptoms must be made over time. This process can take years, and if left untreated the consequences can be life threatening.

Lights. Camera. Lupus.

If you have Lupus, or know someone who has Lupus, check out Lights. Camera. Lupus. by Amanda Rupley. She is an amazing woman who not only has Lupus, but also helps those that are sick, as well as those who are not, to get empowered to learn and to teach others how to overcome the curveballs life throws. Check it out to learn more about who Amanda is and how this book could help you.