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AKI.K

Congratulations on your 300th piece!
I hope you will keep writing more than 1000 pieces not only for you but also for me.
As you said here, One of the benefits of writing business might be to be aware how much writing ability I have.
A few days ago, I felt like writing about my thought like you.
But after I finished writing and read it, I was really disappointed with myself....
At the same time, I realized that I should keep writing a essay or something to improve my writing skills.
Of course... it will be not open to the public, though;-)

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Aya

Thanks for the message, Aki.
I'm doing this QW business strictly for myself, but having a reader/supporter like you in mind encourages me to write 700 more pieces, which no doubt will take more than two years.

> A few days ago, I felt like writing about my thought like you. But after I finished writing and read it, I was really disappointed with myself....
This is what I suffer from almost every day; I somehow write a QW piece, but end up being disappointed or unsatisfied about the product. That is perfectly okay, I think, in a sense that if we 're content with what we've done, we'd stop pushing ourselves further, right? As I've written in the "Why I Quick Write" piece, QWing for me is like a Zen-priest practice. The act of doing has its own value, not necessarily the outcome. Yeah, we can call ourselves "English-learning Zen QWers". ;-)

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QW 051712 “Why I Quick Write”

Yesterday’s post is my 300th Quick Write piece. It was about a year ago when I stared this Quick Write Forum. Until then, I had been wanting to practice English writing but didn’t really know how. I was writing blog posts in English sometimes, which was far from being enough to develop my writing skills to the level I had expected myself from. Graduate school course work provided me with quite a few opportunities to practice academic writing, which in fact seems much simpler than free essay writing to me. The most important thing that academic writing requires is to convey your logics without being misunderstood. In order to do so, writers will need to follow a certain set of guidelines and format. In other words, as long as those rules are observed, you can write anything. The most important thing is that a writer expresses his or her opinions or research findings in a way that anybody can understand. I’ve never ever considered myself as a good writer for this academic stuff, but so far I haven’t have serious problems to produce papers in terms of technical, writing skills issues.

I, however, wanted to do more. Every time I wrote a blog post in English, this writing business would give me a sense of joy, pleasure, and content. Most of all, “inner serenity” that would be brought by engagement to English writing for a certain period of time never let me go. The more I wrote, the more I became aware that I was lacking the ability to produce pieces that I would be happy with. By then, I haven’t practiced writing intensively. When it was necessary, for instance, preparing for English proficiency tests such as Step Eiken 1st grade, TOEFL iBT, and TOEIC SW tests, I learned and practiced how to write essays that would be rated good on the tests. Put it differently, I practiced only for tests. And it worked quite well. My Eiken Step 1 essay was rated a full mark, and the score of writing section in my first TOEFL iBT was the highest of all four sections, but that’s it. I was so blind back then that I couldn’t see writing as something I could practice and “enjoy” doing for my own sake. Do you know what I mean?

After having written 300 QW pieces, there doesn’t seem to be significant progress or improvement in my writing skills. I might able to see something after I’ve written 1000 pieces, which in fact is my tentative target for QWing, but who knows? These days, I regard this daily QWing as a routine similar to the one that Zen priests would do to discipline themselves, the thought of which makes me feel less empty. Outcome that the routine would bring may not have significant meanings; what is more important here is the act of being engaged in the routine every day. The students whose TOEFL classes I’m teaching are doing the same QWing as their major assignment from the other writing class. They’re expected to produce 72 QW pieces by the end of a three-month semester. The people I teach do QWing almost every day. Why not their teacher, right? I know full well that Zen priests would never do their practices on a commuter train like I do, though.

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AKI.K

Congratulations on your 300th piece!
I hope you will keep writing more than 1000 pieces not only for you but also for me.
As you said here, One of the benefits of writing business might be to be aware how much writing ability I have.
A few days ago, I felt like writing about my thought like you.
But after I finished writing and read it, I was really disappointed with myself....
At the same time, I realized that I should keep writing a essay or something to improve my writing skills.
Of course... it will be not open to the public, though;-)

05

18

11:32

Aya

Thanks for the message, Aki.
I'm doing this QW business strictly for myself, but having a reader/supporter like you in mind encourages me to write 700 more pieces, which no doubt will take more than two years.

> A few days ago, I felt like writing about my thought like you. But after I finished writing and read it, I was really disappointed with myself....
This is what I suffer from almost every day; I somehow write a QW piece, but end up being disappointed or unsatisfied about the product. That is perfectly okay, I think, in a sense that if we 're content with what we've done, we'd stop pushing ourselves further, right? As I've written in the "Why I Quick Write" piece, QWing for me is like a Zen-priest practice. The act of doing has its own value, not necessarily the outcome. Yeah, we can call ourselves "English-learning Zen QWers". ;-)

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