Tuesday, March 6, 2012

SOLC 2012: 6 of 31 March 6, 2012 Sink or Swim?

Sink or swim could mean the same to many people and to others different meanings. How profound! I think in writing, to sink or swim would be to just get started and not stop.  What have you got to lose? 

 I went back to college when I was 39 years old to get my English degree.  I had a B.S. from college in Home Economics at that time, but was unable to find a teaching job so thought I'd add to my license so I could teach. Try going back to school with students who are approximately twenty years younger than you.  Talk about a challenge. Now there's one!  

Boy, was I enthused!  They breathed life right back into me.  Most of them were very insightful and I learned to get right in with them. To cut a long story short, they would call me and I called them, and we made it through. The toughest part was creative writing.  

I hadn't written in years.  No one had actually taught me to write.  The professor then wasn't teaching me either.  It was "sink or swim".  I found that with the other students, we practiced and talked it out. I give more credit to “All Write” Institute for teaching me more about writing than I ever learning in any school I ever went to.

I just wish I had learned when I was younger, so I could have written more and would have more of my memories written down. I have a daughter who writes, blogs, and facebooks. I'm so proud of her. She'll have wonderful writings for her children. It is a tremendous way to keep record of family events etc. Do you “sink or swim”? Happy Slicing? :)

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  1. Well, I'm at least treading water. I don't feel like I'm drowning, but my dog paddle could use smoothing out sometimes!
    Isn't it great to have such an easy way to record thoughts now. Remember the typewriter??? Torture when you made a mistake. How awesome is delete?!? Keep keeping your head above water! I think the swimming is getting easier.

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    1. Yes, I remember the typewriter, in fact I still have a portable one. :) But i sure love the computer, sometimes it frustrates me, but most of time it is great!
      when writing, now there's no need for a special ribbon to redo. How about that!

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  2. Were you here last year, Sprice? (Is that your name?) I think I remember. I like hearing about this 'sink or swim' philosophy. I know what you mean but somehow for some things I want to say 'it depends'. You've really given me something to think about! Thanks for coming by my post & I'll look for you again!

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    1. Yes, I was here last year! Thanks for your thoughts!

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  3. As I am thinking of going back to school, you encouraged me with the line "They breathe life right back into me." As I read a post like yours, I feel life being beathed back into me today.

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    1. I'm glad it encouraged you! Thanks for coming by! Happy Slicing! :)

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  4. I'm glad you are back swimming in the writing pool again.

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  5. I loved your post. I especially like your comment about having memories written down for generations and to share with your children. I always hated writing too. This challenge has been fun though and easier than I thought. :) I think I will swim. Thanks!!!

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