The You List

Now this is a writing exercise I think I might be able to get into. I was a little unsure just reading the description, but the examples made it easier. Well, it wasn’t that tough to begin with, I just didn’t get it. I’m smart, but, ya know, sometimes I just don’t get stuff. Anywho…Gonna do my list here, but definitely check out the original post by The Write Town (link below). My caveat: both of those lists are for writers who work in fiction, whereas my writing is almost always non-fiction, so my list may not look quite like theirs. Plus, it’s MY writing exercise, designed to build MY writing skills, so I shall do it MY way (cause I’m not stubborn or anything).

The You List.

MY LIFE’S MUSICAL SCORE. TWENTY YEARS. CON QUESO. SEXPLORATION. HAND-ME-DOWNS. THE DOLPHIN POSTER. DOG POOP. NEIGHBORS. ADDICTION. INSOMNIA. CONFLICT RESOLUTION. PROFESSIONALISM. MESSES.

I’ll probably need to add more to this list, but it’s good enough to get me started. What I need to do now is move on to the next exercise taken from this one.

The Sentence Inventory.

Not promising a date on this exercise, but it is in the near future. I already have a few ideas, but I want to ponder them before I get started, so I will come back to this post a few times until I am ready for the next step in the exercise. I think this is going to be a good one, because I can go somewhere with each of the topics. And then I can analyze the way each is written. Kinda reminds me of diagramming sentences – ick – but in a more productive way. By the way, do English teachers still make you diagram sentences? I always hated that.

Anyway, it’s not that I don’t get enough intellectual stimulation at work, because I do. But this is different and definitely more fulfilling for me. I don’t know, maybe it’s boring to my readers, since I have no focus in this blog. But I’d like to think that this is a launching pad to something bigger. I have always been a huge fan of Robert Fulghum (All I Need to Know About Life I Learned in Kindergarten, etc.). His books are personal essays, very well written with wit and insight, and I have always aspired to be able to do that. Thus, this blog was formed. Of course there are postings that don’t fall into that category, but are more or less just rants. But I would like to start gearing my writing into that personal essay style. So when you read my posts, you come away with something more than, “Oh Maggie is pissed off again.” All in good time, my friends, all in good time. But thank you for taking the time to join me on my journey, or to pay a quick visit on one of the stops of said journey. It is appreciated and you are always welcome!

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