By Dr. Naomi Rosenberg, read it here.
A piece in The Daily Beast:
“Focus on content, not word count. What matters to me most is that I write every day, not how much I write. There have been a few days where I’ve written only one or two paragraphs. Quantity will take care of itself as the streak builds.”
I’ve also found this book helpful.
Janet Asimov writes:
“Now that “aging brains” have been much in the media, I am sure that most people understand the adage “use it or lose it.”
Without working brains we humans are hulks of protoplasm without purpose or joy. Of course, a lot of people with supposedly intact brains also seem to lack purpose and joy, but I can only urge them to get some through writing. “
Read the rest here.
March 4th is National Grammar Day!
You may celebrate by reading this post.
One of the educational psychology classes I teach is designated as a writing across the curriculum course. This means that students are required to do a certain amount of writing and I must grade them on their writing, including usage and clarity.
Occasionally, I come across some error that I have never seen before. This time a student wrote “for instants,” instead of “for instance.” Not to be out done, another student, on the same assignment, wrote “for existence.” After some internet searching I found a report of an opposite error:
‘I heard a new grammar error this week: A mother telling her son to “stop this instance.”’
An article in yesterday’s New York Times makes the case:
“The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.
Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.”