The Red Room & 100 Words a Day

Have you seen Red Room?

As you move deep into writing the draft of your braided/lyric essay, you might like a wee diversion or two. Take a look at slipping glimpse, too, dreaming methods and Provenance, by Claudia Rankine and John Lucas. And if you scroll to page 21 of this journal, you’ll find Brenda Miller writing about the lyric essay.

And Alex Y suggests we commit to writing 100 words a day.  Well, should we?

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11 Responses

  1. I agree with Alex Y. I think we should all try to commit to writing 100 words a day. Writing each day under a guideline like a specific word count I think is good practice for a writer. However, I am not sure what we are left with after we have written for a while 100 words each day. Are we left with a bunch of unfinished ideas that we should return to? Will it open doors to stories we didn’t even know we wanted to write?

  2. I don’t know if writing 100 words a day necessarily means you can ONLY write 100 words a day. I think it is a great idea and 100 words a day could easily turn into half an idea one night and the next nigth work on the same thought but with another day’s perspective from which to create thoughts. Does it matter if we never return to the ideas? I like the potential of stumbling on those unforseen stories.

  3. Maybe we can do a continuous writing. 100 words may not be enough to finish one story. I agree with Ashleigh’s idea of returning to the writing. The second day we can chose either to write another 100 words on the same topic or on a new topic. The idea is to have a complete writing before moving on to another one.

  4. I feel that 100 words a day on a different topic is more of a blessing rather than a curse. Obviously, in 100 words we’ll never be able to fully develop an idea. In class Prof. Ganley quoted someone as saying that when you remove one word from a piece, the entire piece should bleed. I feel that a commitment to a 100 word-a-day will help us with making our writing more concise. If an idea truly does appeal to us, we can then obviously explore it in more depth. But I do think that each day’s topic should be different. And again if you want to write about a previously unforeseen story, then all the power to you. I’m a big fan of this idea.

  5. An interesting idea — does the 100 words include emails, expository writing, and exercises like tho ones that we do in class? If yes, I think we’ll find that we already write over 100 words a day! Maybe we should commit to 100 extra words? Or maybe not… thoughts?

  6. What about doing something with the words we already use…I think it would be interesting to pull phrases and pieces from emails, conversations, text messages, even, and use them as a starting point for something new, perhaps limiting ourselves to using only these words. Seems like we’d learn a lot more about what we say/write/communicate, especially because it’s often hard to pay attention to whatever it is that you express routinely.
    Or how about this: if you could only use 100 words today, what would they be? What would you say?

  7. Interesting. It might be cool to allow any words, whether they are from emails, text messages, random conversations, or interesting imagery from each day. I think that if we don’t restrict what these words have to be, then we might learn even more about writing and what can be written.

  8. Miriam, I thought the 100 words a day Alex Y was talking about were additional. Considering how much we use facebook, email, cell phones, etc etc we obviously are writing more than 100 words every 24 hours! I feel the 100 words refer to creative writing, be it fiction or nonfiction, poetry, etc. They are a way to express ourselves outside the classroom and our necessary communication.

    Abshek, I completely agree with you on the exercise in concise that these 100 words could represent.

    Jessica, that’s a really interesting idea. Today, BG showed me a book (it’s fiction) and it’s a novel made by cutting a victorian novel apart and pasting the pieces back together in a different order. It looked fascinating, and it would be really interesting to see what we could mix and match from our daily writing.

  9. I think that 100 words a day is an idea that can be interpreted in all these different ways. I like Jessica’s thought of what if we only had 100 words to use in our day? It’s kind of like the exercise we did in class today where we cut out our best sentences from our braided essay. What are the things we find most important throughout our day and how can isolating single thoughts cause us to discover new things about ourselves? Also, along this same type of idea… what if we consider all the things we read in a day. Quotes, thoughts, facts… it’s interesting to see how these can influence our writing if we pay coser attention to them.

  10. Since I keep a journal, it has never occurred to me to count the number of words that I write per day. But now that I think about it, sitting down and writing exactly 100 words, and making each one of them mean something important to my state of being at that moment—-making sure that each word I choose is the best possible word I can use to describe that state—would be a wonderful exercise. It really feels as though writing with constraints and pressure to make the best of every word is as good an exercise for the mind’s ability to broaden thought as are push-ups for your upper arms… 🙂

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