A story, whether fiction or nonfiction, is a renewal of possibilities within our being, within your being. We see in parts, dream, and understand more fully. Insights of the mind.
Language, best served, is the communion of minds.
Renewal Starts with Courtesy
Alone, we see only see in part. Communion with an author by reading thoughts on the printed page slows the mind for reflection. No instant social media responses! The book’s aim is to follow a thought fully so you may understand the author’s point of view or reasoning.
If you own the book, you could make notes in the margins for questions or write your own personal thoughts that arise while reading: it is the beginning point of a dynamic interaction which may even spill over to people in your local area, be it teacher, librarian, acquaintances, friends. The list can go on and on!
Some, however, cannot deface carefully crafted printed pages! Fair enough. Journaling comes in handy in such cases. Are you fueled with raw emotion? How are your thoughts forming?
Either way, be considerate of other people’s ideas by a careful survey of your own. What ways, spoken or written with work memos, social media and so on, do you do on an average day in your life? Do you express yourself as well as you might like to?
To encourage courteous behaviour in others, we need to first be a model example by being courteous ourselves!
Expression becomes effective when we personally address certain issues:
- How do I ordinarily compose what I say?
- Have I ever considered the best way for me to write?
- How can I improve my habits of composing, so that what I write and say will be clearer, entertaining and forceful?
Writing “grows up” in a process of getting thoughts expressed, to realize what is actual composing. An example of an effective way to compose an article of writing, but not the only one, is as follows: gather, organize, write, revise, perfect. Nevertheless, much of our revising and improving goes on in our heads before putting pen to paper or use of a keyboard.
- Gather your ideas. Think so you may discover what you want to say.
- Limit the subject to exactly what is to be told, described, explained or proved.
- Arrange your thoughts and their relation to this central idea. Assisted by habits of spelling, punctuation and grammar, write down your ideas.
- Review and revise by crossing out at times, inserting a word at other times. Choose words better suited to one’s thoughts while catching errors which slipped by during interest in the first draft of writing.
- When satisfied, make a final copy.
Guiding Star Publications Inc. seeks to help people and their communities to communicate in more thought-filled ways. With each closing day, another begins: an ongoing cycle of life, of growth, of change, greeting new positive possibilities.