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Quick Write 101411 “What you write on”

In yesterday’s QW 1013 post, I talked about how it could be effective to keep writing on the same or similar topic, enabling learners to realize their progress and maintain their motive to practice writing. Today, I’d like to develop the same topic (See, “it” facilitates my daily writing practice!) by touching on “what you actually write on”. When it comes to writing practice in any languages you’d learn, it seems safe to say that keeping a diary or journal would be the top candidate among themes for writing. To be honest with you all here, I’m not a big fan of keeping a diary in English. In fact, I’ve never written any diary or journal regarding my daily life in both English and Japanese, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never do that. Why? It’s obvious. It’s just boring.

Unless you’re leading an incredibly exciting, eventful, amusing life, your English diary will repeat what you do as daily routines. You might give deep thoughts to what you’ve been through during the day in your first language, but in the second language that you’re learning, the rendition in your dairy would end up being so simple and monotonous that it will demotivate you to write every day. Because daily writing practice itself is demanding on learners to some extent, they’ll need clear objectives and motivation to support such daily effort.

Here’s my suggestion. How about the setting of writing a letter or email to someone you actually know? Or responding to someone in trouble who is seeking advice to professional columnists on online magazines? (I’m having “Since You Asked” in mind here.) Keeping a diary can be likened to a monologue, which makes you a bit hard to develop your ideas on your own. Writing to someone is like a dialogue in this analogue. You might want to “write like talking” to people. It’s more fun and exciting than reflecting on what you do every day, which you know already. Or you could write about English words, phrases, or sentences that you’ve found online or offline, describing why you were fascinated by them with citation. Or you could compose a poem-like essay, which I sometime do for a change when I obtain a suitable topic, like seasonal events, or when I feel like writing something romantic.

I personally believe that writing about yourself, keeping a dairy for instance, is much more difficult than you’d think, and thus lead you to quit writing so soon. You can put yourself aside, go find interesting settings or topics for which you enjoy “playing” with English. You can give suggestions to people in trouble. You can adore nice English you’ve found. You can be a poet to write romantic prose. That’s what I do for this daily QWing, and good news is, I haven’t got bored so far.

(40 minutes / 473 words)

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