Writing For Fun
We once had an assignment in school where we were asked to depict the joy of writing and tips for finding enjoyment while doing it.

One of the most favorite things people of all ages love to complain about is the idea of writing. It’s quite amazing that a basic foundation of communication can actually be considered a pain, a hassle, a burden. In addition, I find it highly amusing when I hear people comment to nobody in particular, “Me? I HATE writing, with a capital ‘H’! I’ve got a hundred more important things to do than write.” They fail to realize that a day doesn’t go by without them writing something down. We must write constantly to conduct our lives in a civilized fashion. Do we not write shopping lists, place signatures, write checks, and jot down stuff on a regular basis? These tasks are practically inborn.

So, we see that writing plays an essential part in our daily lives. However, the only way we would appreciate and notice the importance of writing, is if we can imagine how our lives would function without it. Did you ever notice that before children acquire the loveliness of verbal communication, they are physically pained when they can’t convey a simple message? You can see them grit their teeth, make wild gesticulations and, of course, screech because of their frustration. They wish to be able to converse freely like you and I without any obstruction.

Now imagine that you literally couldn’t write a thing. Your hands are unsteady and therefore cannot support a pencil in an upright position. You have no idea what the alphabet looks like, let alone how the words are spelled. You can’t even decide which area of the paper to start with! And, now for the ultimate test – describe in writing what you would do if you landed on the Moon. How would you go about doing this incredible feat? Forget about how you would go about doing it, but could you do it? The obvious answer – no, you couldn’t.

We now understand that writing is something that if we’d lack it, we’d hardly manage. There is another aspect of writing, though, which is a bit startling. The definition of the word ‘write’ provided by Webster’s dictionary is ‘to leave signs of, (greed was written on his face)’. This means that when we write something it allows others to comprehend us very easily and clearly. When a person is feeling any type of emotion, that particular feeling is quite discernable to anyone he meets. Similarly, literary works display the emotions of the author. They are in reality areas of public property; they are visible and accessible to the readers. Writing is so powerful that it can give your readers a free access into your world.

There are also many vital benefits you can derive from writing. First of all, writing can change you. It can make you into a highly organized person. People constantly forget half the amount of things they plan because they aren’t written down. What would you do if you’ve got about seven errands and chores to do, and you’d like to remember them? Why, write them down, of course! Composing “to do” lists will undoubtedly keep you organized and efficient. Writing shopping lists is another great way to implement your writing. An acquaintance of mine frequently employs this method before shopping at the grocery. If she arrives back home without a certain item, she shrugs and says, “Well, it wasn’t on my list!” With these approaches you can accomplish everything you plan to do.

Fortunately, there are many techniques and methods which can help you become a better writer. Even if you feel that chances are slim that you’ll become a writer, these tips can only be of assistance to you. Really, the most productive pieces of writing stem from personal experiences or observations of the writer. For instance, if I’d write you an essay about the effect of diphedramine trichlorinate on bacteria it wouldn’t sound too pleasant. That’s because I know zilch about the subject matter. On the other hand, if I’d describe to you the wonders of writing, which I happen to be doing at the moment, you’d probably enjoy it much more. Therefore, it’s best to write about an event that really happened to you, or a sight that you personally witnessed.

Another idea is to be on the lookout for things that would make an interesting article. If you happened to notice that Head & Shoulders turns into gorgeous swirls if left out for long periods of time, write about that. It’s easy to find a moral or lesson on such a type of thing. You can say that boring things like shampoo can become beautifully marbleized puddles, and each one of us have the potential for greatness etc. You get the picture. Also, as soon as you find such eye-capturing phenomena hurry and jot it down somewhere. One of the most annoying things to Man is forgetfulness. Imagine the feelings of disappointment and dejection when you finally find a good topic for writing and you simply forget it. There is no worse punishment to Literature than forfeiting the privilege of being written down. Remember that well.

There’s another fantastic, yet simple, method which strengthens and broadens one’s writing skills. It’s about the idea of letter-writing. Most intelligent people consider it outdated, but the really intelligent ones recognize its value. Would you not feel ten times prouder if you’d receive a letter than if you’d get a phone call? Letters are so personal and warm. They show the recipient that, hey, I care about you enough to sacrifice an hour of my time instead of a ten minute phone call. Try writing a letter to a friend at least once a month. It doesn’t have to be about trivial nonsense like the weather, the latest music CD, how much homework they bombard you with, or how cute your new skirt looks. Add some uniqueness of yourself. Speak about your interests, your observations, your feelings – anything about yourself. And, it’s a win-win situation because your recipient will love you for it. If you can’t find any friends who enjoy letters (I think the odds are 1:1,000,000) you can always pen one to a company which sold you a defective product. You’ll get fast results that way (a check, a reimbursement coupon, or a new product).

To make the burden of writing somewhat lighter, people are encouraged to employ the help of a computer. That’s what they’re there for. It saves you loads of time when you know you can just erase the last line with a deft CTRL Z or print something with a quick CTRL P. Draft writing is a breeze when you can delete, add, insert and modify with the shortest click of a mouse. Imagine the time it’ll take to rewrite a long essay on global warming. It can easily take a good hour and a half, at the minimum. And, that’s giving the benefit of the doubt. The results of typewritten work is by far neater, clearer and more pleasing to the eye than handwritten work. You needn’t go as far as to type up shopping lists (as I’ve noticed the hi-tech do).

There is another concept regarding writing which is worth mentioning. When they are just beginning to get into the realm of real writing, some budding authors feel the need to sound impressively extraordinary. I mean, what is wrong with writing what you need to, clearly and concisely? There is absolutely no need to sound intellectual and well-informed about completely foreign ideas. Did you ever hear of the trio of optically-challenged rodenta? No? It’s actually referring to something we know quite well – the Three Blind Mice. Is it a crime to write the latter terminology versus the first one? Writing is all about you so make your piece sound like you, too. It definitely shouldn’t reflect the work of E. E. Cummings. This impressing business usually comes from a fear of sounding unprofessional. Don’t worry about that. If worse comes to worse, you can always become a humorist. The world can use a few extra laughs.

That’s a great way to add some zesty flavor to your written works, by the way. You’ll capture your readers’ interest almost instantaneously. Consider the following: That girl talks so much/That kid’s a machine – she doesn’t stop yapping/She talks so much that if she’d be on the beach, her tongue would get sunburned. Don’t the last two descriptions sound loads better than the first one? The only side-effect is that the reader will start a laughing attack. Now, what’s so bad about that?

By now you’re pretty much convinced about the glory and splendor of writing. But, say I want to encourage others, too. How can I get other people’s salivary glands to start action? How can I make the task of writing an enjoyable learning experience? The trick really lies in you, did you know that? It’s you who has to find the exhilaration in writing. You’ve got to love it first. How else do you expect the other party to enjoy it? You’re definitely the deciding factor. When others see how much pleasure you derive from writing, the satisfaction will inevitably permeate the atmosphere and precipitate onto them.

So, now you’ve got a full overview on many aspects of writing. Let’s see some action! Get yourself a pen and paper and start those brainwaves flowing. Here’s a surprise – before you know it, you’ll have everyone around you itching to try the same exact thing.

Editor’s Note:
I wrote the following article in twelfth grade for a writing assignment. I’m including it to portray the different reactions students can show towards the simple task of writing.

Another Writing Assignment?!

The inevitable happened. It was actually today that this all took place in our school. Our class of ninth graders was faced with another writing assignment. Our teacher, Mrs. English, had long ago fabricated a slogan which she constantly reiterates. It goes like this, “Writing makes the mind grow fonder.” Don’t ask us what it means, but she loves it so, that we wouldn’t dare show signs of incomprehension. About 10 seconds after this announcement of hers, there began a series of shrieking, screaming, hair-pulling, laughing, crying, you name it. There was a delay at first because everyone was superbly stunned at the prospect of picking up a pen and physically writing. As high strung as we all were, we all managed to live through the rest of that forty-five minute class. That night, every single girl in our class obediently picked up a pen and began to write. The various approaches of some girls in the class will definitely be of high interest to you. Check them out.

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“Oh, no! Another writing assignment! Is she kidding me?” I’m yelling to my horribly-empty white loose-leaf paper. Shortly after the latest Teacher’s Workshop Day, Mrs. English adopted a new method which she implemented almost immediately. Lately, she’s begun to give us writing assignments twice a week. If you want my opinion, I think that writing is a skill which one is blessed with as an infant. Just like there’s no subject during which we learn the skill of becoming beautiful, how can we learn to use a gift like writing which we haven’t got? It’s mad, isn’t it? “Okay, everyone. I’m officially starting Writing Assignment Number 77. Here I go!” But, I have a problem with this. I haven’t got an idea. “Forget it, everyone. I CAN’T WRITE!” I’m once again screaming at that poor piece of paper. I’m furious. Okay, I’ll start, “Once upon a time there was a girl.” Once upon a time what? Maybe the girl should be someone in the same predicament as I am. Finally, an idea at last! “Once upon a time there was a girl who couldn’t write to save her life...”

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“Yes! Another writing assignment! Am I hearing correctly? How did Mrs. English know I’m in the perfect mood to sit down and write a good, juicy piece of something? Okay, I’d better start before my idea melts!” I’m just running to fetch some paper. Now that I’ve got everything I need to tackle this, I can continue along the joyful adventure to stardom. Will she ever like it, and she won’t believe a mere ninth grader wrote this by herself! By the way, I’m wondering why do we get so few homework assignments this year? I presume my teacher just can’t think of ideas as fast as I usually do. Why, I’m sure I can donate some to such a worthy cause. I’d really start doing something now, honest, but I’m just too happy about this. My beautiful paper and pen will just have to be patient while I revel in all this. Alright, I must begin. What should it be about this time? I must impress my teacher lest she think less highly of me. Okay, let me begin my show! “Once upon a time, there was a girl who wrote so fantastically, the school was forced to skip her all the way to twelfth grade...”

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“That’s interesting. Another writing assignment! She finally gave us something decent to write about. I’m itching to tell Mrs. English what’s been on my mind for so long.” I’d better explain myself. You see, I am very troubled, and I have nobody to discuss my problems with (our psychologist had a breakdown, and they didn’t find a substitute for her yet). Most girls my age have at least a friend or someone, but I have nobody! My only hope is that Mrs. English seriously understands and feels what I write to her about. I privately think that she really could relate to me. She’d better! Okay, so let me think which problem I should explain first. Which issue would make a good opening sentence ‘that catches your reader’s attention’, as Mrs. English puts it? I just love confiding in someone in my pieces of writing. I think I’ll follow this order: I’m friendless, I’m shy, I’m not popular, I make huge messes, and I’m scared of camp. That’s it! I found a perfect starter. “Once upon a time there was a girl who never wrote a decent thing to anyone but her teacher...”

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The next day we returned to school perfectly sane. Most girls sheepishly admitted that they had a pleasant experience with the previous night’s homework. Some girls, though, vehemently said, “It was crazy!” A few others said they could live a perfectly normal life without weekly writing assignments. When Mrs. English entered the classroom that afternoon, she was astounded to actually see some papers on her desk. With all the explosive effects of her announcement still reverberating in her ears, she was sure nobody would attempt her work. But surprisingly enough, each girl had tried it. And, they had a good time while they were at it.

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