Author Archives: Mrs. Emery

Writing Prompts!

From Natalie: Your character is stuck in a strange place, but with a very familiar voice; who is it?

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

The End of a Chapter by Grace

It’s hard to believe the end of the school year is already here. Honestly, it felt like all the months morphed together to form one single day—I can hardly think of when I felt time was moving slow. With an entire year at our backs, the future in our sights, and the present a single heartbeat, it might feel overwhelming. I look back at this year and felt I didn’t really progress as I had wanted to. I gave up easily, I didn’t take on many new challenges, I didn’t balance my school and my writing life at all, really. I kept saying, “I’ll work on it tomorrow,” “I’ll try that tomorrow,” “I’ll begin this piece on the weekend.” But when tomorrow came, I was still struggling to make up for what I hadn’t accomplished the day before. There are still many things I am proud of, and still more challenges and experiences to come, but I do think it’s important to abolish that timeless excuse of: “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Because tomorrow may have a new challenge you didn’t anticipate, and you’ll end up never getting to do what you wanted to.

I have one year of high school left, and there’s still so much I want and need to do. If ten months felt like a blink of an eye this year, how much faster will it go next year? Probably twice as fast. Sometimes it troubles me when I feel like I have nothing to show for my growth as a writer—I certainly have felt like I’ve learned a lot this year. I learned to not hold myself to somebody else’s standard, but to strive to succeed on my own terms as a writer. I learned it’s okay to take a break if things become overwhelming—you can’t force good writing (sure, you have to force it sometimes, but the best writing comes when it wants to!). And, of course, I learned (as I do every year), that wasting your time only hinders your success. Productivity is the key, and boy do I struggle with it.

Don’t despair if you didn’t accomplish what you wanted to, if you ended up in that state of laziness that you couldn’t get out of. You have today to get working on it. Set aside some time today to get cracking. Spend time today drawing inspiration, immersing yourself, building yourself back up to the writer you were meant to be. Don’t tell yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Because I have found that tomorrow became today, and like dominos, each day was knocked down without a single word written. I know it might be an overused, clichéd message. But having experienced it myself, it really is important to understand. When you work on it today, you have tomorrow to make it better.

And it’s better to have something to work off of than to have nothing at all.

I hope everyone’s summer is safe and wonderful! May it be filled with countless days of writing. I am just itching to begin!

Writing Prompt!

From Olivia: Your character receives a superlative for their school yearbook. What is it and how do they feel about it? Write a scene where they explore this topic.

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

‘Reflections in the Wake of a Life’ by Alexia

The silver ashes of a gray wolf,
No longer is she lying broken,
But to be spread across creation,
Carried in the hands of the mighty winds,
Twilight glinting off her dead splints,
The flames reflected in the wake of her life,
Reflected onto an ocean free from strife,
Dancing ‘cross the placid planes,
Of her magnificent life, only reflections remain.

Last Meeting of the Year!

Harks and alarms, Scribblers! Our last meeting of the year is next Thursday, May 25 at 7pm EST.

During this meeting, we will brainstorm for next year and celebrate the current one with some awards.
If you are a graduating senior or leaving the club, we’d like to celebrate you during our last meeting!

 

  • Send me one or all of the following to include in the meeting.
    • A picture
    • A goodbye message
    • An open mic piece
  • You can read things yourself, or have someone read for you. You can send material even if you aren’t able to come.
  • Email what you’d like to include by May 24.

 

Writing Prompt!

From Grace: Describe your favorite hideaway using three of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, etc.)

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments!

Just How Important Is Writing? by Natalie

As my high school years come to a close (as do my FLVS and CWC ones), I’ve taken a long hard look at the things I’ve accomplished and learned along the way. While thinking about the CWC and how much it has been a part of me, I came to realize the real importance of writing. Although creative writing is fun and an art all by itself, I reflected on how critical writing is as a skill one should seek to master.

I admit it, my writing skills were pretty poor when I first joined CWC. I was well aware of this and challenged myself to become more involved in an activity I didn’t particularly take up on my own. On top of all the books I was reading, I figured some writing for fun would help me out. Although I was driven to challenge myself, I didn’t quite realize that my decisions to become more literate would eventually benefit me in the long run.

As many of you reading this may relate, our generation has become lazier when it comes to improving a skill we aren’t too keen on. This could be art, a particular sport, or playing an instrument, for example. However, I believe writing isn’t something we should just ignore as one of our lacking strengths. If you want to impress people (employers, coworkers, friends), then having a strong friend in writing will be extremely beneficial.

If we’re talking specific examples of why writing is meaningful, then a few would be:

  • Communication. If you’re trying to get a point across but don’t know how to word your letter correctly, that could backfire when you really can’t afford it to.
  • Monetary value. If you can write well, many doors open up to you in terms of making some extra money (or even a career). Software writers, creative writers/novelists, and bloggers put their literacy skills to good use in ways they can even be paid for it.
  • An engaging writer grabs your attention. For example, if you have to make a presentation for work and need to make an impression, possessing strong writing competence would certainly upgrade the quality of your work.
  • Speak better. By having a superior knowledge in writing, your vocabulary would have improved as a side effect (a good one!) You’ll be able to get ideas and thoughts across more easily, give and present feedback in more effective ways and get your thoughts out more clearly when you need to most.
  • It can be a hobby. Everyone needs one or two things they do for fun in their spare time, and for a lot of people that’s creative writing. If you’re reading this, the odds are that you do take up creative writing for fun (woohoo!) and enjoy all the pleasures that come from forging new ideas into stories and other exciting forms of writing.

I feel as if I can’t emphasize the importance of literacy and writing enough, but I’m also aware that many, many people feel the same. On that note, keep challenging yourself and pushing to become an even better writer no matter what skill level you’re at. When you stop learning, you stop growing. Good luck, Scribblers!

Writing Prompt!

From Olivia: Your character had to read a novel traditionally assigned in schools (such as To Kill a Mockingbird). What was the novel and what did they think of it?

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments!

Last Meeting of the Year!

May 25!

During our last meeting we will have a lot of fun celebrating this last year. You’ll have an opportunity to talk about the things you liked and didn’t like, as well as brainstorm what you’re interested in doing next year.

We’ll also say goodbye to our seniors and members who aren’t returning next year. If you are a senior or departing member, we’d love to celebrate you!

  • Send me one or all of the following to include in the meeting.
    • A picture
    • A goodbye message
    • An open mic piece
  • You can read things yourself, or have someone read for you. You can send material even if you aren’t able to come.
  • Email what you’d like to include by May 24.

“Life Advice” by Cristi

You will be rejected,
And it will be okay
You will lose friends,
And it will be okay
You will stop liking
Stuff
And it will be okay

Do not forget to
Try new foods
Do not forget to
Sleep every now
And then
Do not forget to
Thank people
When it is due
Do not forget to
Read a book

And, lastly,
Do not forget
That you love to write.