Day Four: Writing
I want you to take your notes and photo (if you have one) and write. This doesn’t need to be fancy, just write from your heart. I personally like to type so I always use my computer even when I plan to use my own penmanship on my layout. I like that I can move things around and that everything is neat and orderly on a computer. I know that other people like to write by hand because they feel that a computer is too impersonal. Do what you like. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling. We’ll edit tomorrow. In order to get your started, here are a few guidelines.
- Begin with a broad opening sentence. You want to capture your reader and give her a brief overview of your topic. I like to start in the middle of my topic and backtrack in the body. However, this style may not appeal to you.
- The next few paragraphs should be the body. This is where you talk about all the details of your subject. Give the facts. Illustrate your point. Provide examples.
- Your concluding sentence (or paragraph) should again be broad. Tell me what you’ve learned. How this topic has changed you. How you apply this lesson to life. If your body is long enough, you may also need to include a sum-up sentence or two. However, this is not English class, I like to leave my readers a bit breathless, you may too.
If you’d like, apply some of my patterns. See Day 3 for examples.