How do I become a better WriterSo how do I become a better writer?
If you have no intention of becoming a pro author, the ability to type well is one of the most important abilities you can have. It' a capability that will be really useful to you, no matter what industry you work in, from creating corporate memoranda, creating blogs that will guide your shop, to making suggestions for grants for your non-profit organization.
Apart from the fact that you only have business advantages, studying to spell better, enhancing your play in your romance memos and improving your communication with others - whether by e-mail or hand-written deeds. It is a skill that every man should practise and develop throughout his entire being. In this spirit, we will publish articles from now and then on how you can develop your typing aptitudes.
No one here at AoM thinks we are champions, and we all try to keep improving. Tonight we will investigate what we think is the best way to become a better writer: to copy the work of others. Copy-work, as it is known, used to be the default way of learning to type, and it is the "secret" of how many of the greatest authors in the world knew the trade.
Copy work was the main way that colleges in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries America educated kids to do it. However, in the course of the twentieth centuries school began to move away from the methodology and believed that "mere" mimicry was not the best way to educate them. Instead, the professors tried to communicate the overall strategy that made good literacy possible and then released the pupils to do it.
It makes theoretical sense, but the research above and my own proofs (98% of the contributions we get - and these are contributions from people who want to make a livelihood - are pathetic and horrible) show that it doesn't seem to work very well when it comes to producing skilled authors.
Why do we shy away from photocopying when it comes to typing? However, it is ironic that many of the greatest authors in the story have reached this state not by listening to the museums, but by painstakingly reproducing the works of others. Many times we believe that the greatest authors in story have just written down and are waiting for the lovely fiction to break out like a Geysir from its source of innate talents.
In our opinion, only a really untalented author - a true hacker - would have to know how to copy other peoples. It is true that most great authors began to do just that - laboriously composing the works of the great who came before them.
Like Athena, they knew that their own way of writing did not come from Zeus' mind, but had to be refined. Imitating another culture was not the end of this cultivating experience, but a means to an end. As a cook who never ceases trying and analysing other cooks' tasty meals to find his own ideas and creating his own new recipe, great authors have transformed the basic features of others' styles into something unique.
These are just a few of the great authors of the story who knew their trade by copying: He was largely self-taught and his first professional efforts to write led to a thick pile of refusals. Knowing that he had to refine his typing, he was ready to dedicate himself with determination until he reached his goals.
London's work was not in vain, and later in his lifetime he recognized the debts he owing to this practice in an open and grateful manner: As the writer of classic books like Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde chose to really study writing, he literally photocopied the great fiction of those who came before him.
If Stevenson took a paragraph from a great author and reread it twice. Then he turned the corridor around and tried to recreate it from the mind - verb by verb and sentence sign by sentence sign. Initially the practice was a huge fight and his copy attempts were full of mistakes.
Apart from learning the language and language, the way Stevenson read the text twice and tried to copy it from mind also made him a more alert readership. Which of course only contributed to further improving his letter. G.K. Chesterton would say that Stevenson always seemed to have an eerie capacity "to find the right words at the top of his pen".
" Ironically, Stevenson's uniqueness and keen sense of direction for the genre is the result of years of work. Franklin was not only an innovator, politician and editor, but also a productive author. In order to control the art of the pen, Franklin wrote a copywork-like practice for himself as a teenager:
"Around that point I was meeting with a strange book from The Spectator - I found the letter outstanding and wanted to emulate it, if possible. So I took some of the stories and turned them into verses; and after a while, when I had quite well forgot the fiction, I turned it over again.
Rather than transcribe etudes verbatim, Franklin's copy practice was this: "I don't know: Have a look at memos and try to copy the paper in his own words (sometimes he mixed up his memos to make the exercises even more difficult). Review and enhance its release. Prior to starting Gonzo magazine, Hunter S. Thompson trimmed his typewriters by duplicating The Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arm's on a typing machine while working for Time Magazine.
During my studies of jurisprudence I learnt copy-work and used it to enhance my own work. There was nothing more helpful in my work than this one. Wish I had learnt something about copy-work before. My penmanship was somewhere between average and terrible, as Kate can testify before university.
Copy-work helps me further to enhance my typing. Here is why photocopywork is so efficient in toning up your written chops: Enhances your sense of touch. While copying the big ones, you will gradually notice the different aspects of their original but often subtile typing technique. Simultaneously, these masterly features are almost imperceptible in their own music.
Improve your wording and your grammar. One important part of a writer's writing is his wording and format. While reading the work of experienced authors and copying it by handwriting on hardcopy, you will see how the master selects and arranges the words with care for the greatest effect. The improvement of my wording and grammar was the greatest blessing for me when copying.
As an example, whenever I have the feeling that my handwriting is getting a little swollen, copying with Hemingway seems to put me back on the right path to make it a little more powerful. Robert-Greene's letter is another one of my favourite resources that I can copy if I'm interested in rationalizing my own.
When I feel that my work needs a little more manly power, I will copy the works of Jack London. Improving sales. The two areas of typing that many people have problems with is how to organise heels and make the move from one heel to the next. Copy-work gives you a deep insight into how great authors organise their thoughts.
Hopefully you will only copy the works of incumbent authors whose works have been meticulously redacted and reviewed. In addition to the improvement of your typing, Copy-work also offers other convincing advantages: When you use Stevenson's copying technique, you are obliged to enhance your concentration and your memories. Reading a passage twice and then memorizing it verbatim takes an intensive amount of your own creativity.
However, over the years, one phrase became two, and soon I could transliterate whole sentences from my mind. When you are a pupil and need to remember your grade memos or a sketch, you can write them again and again by handwriting. So I used this technique widely in the Faculty of Jurisprudence and ascribed to it that I could remember 20 pages of contours for my final audits.
Copy work can also be very mediating and has been used by followers of various religions to enhance their beliefs. In order to make sure that the transcript is flawless and thus honours God, the copying is carried out with the greatest possible diligence and can take one and a half years. Someone who has been making large copies for years, I can guarantee his meditation.
But, in the course of the years, you will put yourself in a Zen-like state. I' even get an insight into the text I'm doing when I'm in the area. When you want to enhance your manuscript, copy-work is for you. How you make your copies, take it slowly and concentrate on your typing techniques.
So if it would take five and a half hours to make a perfect readable phrase, then so be it. As you progress and practise, you will find that your writing improves. Select an author who will inspire you. Don't select authors to mimic. You will spend a great deal of your free day with these boys, so you want to select someone who has a really enjoyable and inspiring outfit.
In addition, I suggest the selection of authors from literature and non-fiction. Most of my working life is spent on nonfiction, so I work with nonfiction authors whom I want to imitate and adore. I do interfere with fictional copies from there. I' ve got the feeling that it gives my letter some impetus.
In fact, we study better and think more clearly when we type by handwriting. For the most out of your copy work, resist the urge to knock it off on your notebook and use pens and papers instead. Don't begin by imitating war and peace. Or you could do copy work with our handwriting maneuvers and get some manhood with your enhanced typing abilities.
Take yourselves every single workday. Turn copywriting into a common practice like magazine typing. I' m trying to do mine at the beginning of my write session for the IBlog. He sucks in the write pumps. Don't be fooled by the ease of copying. This really works when you give it your best shot.