Monday, January 24, 2011

More Writing Exercises

Teachers give various writing exercises to develop the writing skills of students. More than this, writing teachers find unique ways of enhancing writing prompts. Students have to be open to challenges to contribute fresh ideas to the class. Anyone, to write, needs profound thoughts and interesting intellectual reactions.

Critics though and philosophers are more on word play. These areas are writing-related, but require another arm of discipline. The writer, on the other hand, must write. He/she must write and weave words to make a good sentence and amazing, painful hammering of the brain. Editing/checking should come after finishing the draft.

Sir Tony Perez, a noted playwright, shared to us (his students), many creative writing exercises. In his class, every Friday, there was an exciting surprise for everyone. We'd all giggle with what came to the class.

Many writing exercises highlighted past lives like figuring out childhood memories, and those that described the writer's personalities. Of course, we needed to have some writing rituals. Writers have different rituals. These prompts squeeze creative juices. The teacher was more of the dramatic aspect of writing because our class involved drama and dialogues. There was never a boring moment with Sir Tony Perez.

He was efficient and very responsible. Despite what other students think about some of those exercises- I believed it was for harnessing the writer's creative ideas. The teacher told us "I deem responsibility to my students." He was truly adorable, just like a second parent.

Check this out:

1. Know the value of colors. What works for you in different aspects of time and situations.
2. Learn different defense mechanisms, in this way, you can relate to the mind. This exercise relates to the field of Psychology.
3. What's your favorite song? Sing in front of the class even if you have a squeaking voice. This is close to acting roles.
4. What fairy tales can you remember? The class had a long list and burst of argumentations.

 5. The car exercise. What kind of car are you? This one also directs to ESL classrooms and Basic English classes. Adjectives and comparisons will be used carefully. Most writers have profound thoughts, and when each classmate described each one, there was a feeling of a strong common bond in the class (positive /negative adjectives).

In the end, we all played and studied well. The experience in that class, and those writing exercises are forever etched in me. I could call it truly "one writing workshop," because it endeavored to show some bones and muscles inside us. God, bless my teacher and my writer friends.

Rose Flores Martinez

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