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Quick Write 082911 “Celebrating 100th thread”

onight, Quick Write Forum (QWF) is celebrating its 100th thread. Since its launch on June 3rd, QWF has had lots of contributors and visitors who have been a driving force to make this BBS alive and exciting. As of August 29th, there are approximately 3900 page views, which average more than 40 daily visits to the forum. I’m grateful for every one of you who have shown interest in QWF, paid regular visits to the site, and contributed your valuable pieces. I would really appreciate your continued support.

Regarding my own writing practice, Quick Writing (QWing) has become part of my daily routine to the same level of brushing my teeth or taking a bath in a sense that I’d feel uncomfortable or there’d remain something necessary to be done if I didn’t do it. I once (almost) intentionally skipped QWing when I came home drunk late at night. The thoughts and feelings that I had the next day were much worse than a terrible hangover. I realized it was much, much better to do QWing no matter how drunk I was, no matter how unwilling to do QWing I was, no matter how lame and awful my QW product would turn out to be.

As the 100th thread was approaching, I tried identifying what QWing has given to me. Technique-wise, I have yet to recognize that my writing skill has been improved to a large extent. Each time I do QWing, I’d have the sense of attainment or fulfillment that I’ve done what I committed to myself, but I’m never fully satisfied with my QW pieces. Sometimes, I feel like abandoning the piece that I’m working on, and start from scratch. Other times, I find careless, embarrassing grammatical errors or questionable word-choices in my piece by myself, or by my friend’s insightful feedback, which in fact is a blessing for me to identify the type of errors I’d make unconsciously. Or, I feel awkward to post the product that I wrote in a very romantic mood, but found very cheesy and slushy after returning to be “sober”.

But for me, the quality, the value, or whatever I conceive toward my finished pieces doesn’t really matter. What really counts to me is keep QWing, producing a QW piece for my own learning. It may sound that I don’t take QWing seriously. It may make you doubt if the whole QWing thing is effective to English learning. Honestly, I don’t have valid counterarguments for those challenges at this moment. However, I’ll have something to argue back when I send my piece to the 1000th thread, instead. So far, the largest and most significant thing that daily QWing gives me is simply the joy of writing in English. The time to bask in the endless ocean of English. The moment to find out the right words, phrases, and sentences to depict my thoughts and ideas. The thrill to keep on writing not knowing where I’m headed for, and find the end of the long, dark tunnel. If you haven’t post your English pieces in any cyberspace, you’re missing something very exciting. Please post your own piece to Quick Write Forum. It will make you very proud of yourself and make you want to write more. I bet.

It’s only been three months. It’s just 90 days. I’d simply like to celebrate the fact that Quick Write Forum has its 100th thread thanks to all the visitors and contributors. And hopefully, the forum will be the venue for sharing the joy of writing with more and more English learners who haven’t experienced the pleasure that this daily casual writing practice brings.

Thank you again, everyone, for making this happen.

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