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Writing for a Public Audience

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Writing for a public audience can change a writer's style completely because there are many more factors for the writer to think about when realizing that their work will be read by a vast audience. One way that an author might have to make sure they are not offending anyone in their writing because of the many different types of people who are reading their work. An author might not think something if offensive, but a reader coming from a different background might read the same work and be very offended without the author even realizing what they have done. This is why editing and review by other people is pivotal in writing before publishing to a public audience. The feedback from the public audience can also affect how you feel about your own writing.

Not As Easy As It Seems...

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The reading pretty much describes writing a book as the easy part, publishing the book as the real challenge. There is so much more that goes into getting the book out to the audience than people think. In the "harriest chapter" of APE, the list of steps for publishing a book is extremely overwhelming- especially to someone who wants to publish a book. As a writer, I would like to think that the book process is all creativity and putting your thoughts onto paper, but all of the technology involved is enough to frustrate anyone. This being said, I think my advice (even though I have never published a book) is to be patient and know that you took all the time to write your book and create a story that it will be worth the time to do the technical stuff to get your idea out to the world.

Share Something Everyday

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I think that Kleon's idea of sharing something everyday is much more plausible now in the social media age. You can easily share things you're working on, or things you're feeling or experiencing to friends with a click of a button. Something I'd like to share that I'm particularly proud of that tells a story is my interactive PDF I had to make for my Visual Comm class. It was really interesting to only be able to use a few pictures to go along with my paper, and to embody the theories that I used through images was definitely challenging. I got a good great on the project and worked very hard on it so I was very pleased. Through the use of images, I was supposed to be able to tell a story without the reader needing the words. It was challenging for sure.

Campus Looks A Lot Like A Book

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Something that attracted me to Clemson University was definitely the old buildings as well as the historical feel to campus. That being said, when I looked through my pictures of campus I saw many that reminded me of books, and the idea of books.
The first image of the statue of the soldier (I may have photobombed and linked arms with him) reminds me of old war books, which have covers of heroic soldiers in their uniforms walking to save the American people. This reminds me of an entire genre of book- war books.

New Generation of Self Publishing

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In the third chapter of the book "Ape", the author has a whole chapter dedicated to the new process of publishing your own books online. This has become a huge deal in the book world because websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble allow writers to publish their own books electronically and even order paper copies. This has completely changed the writing world because no longer do you have to go through the process of having an editor and printing company pick your book out of the many manuscripts they are sent daily to publish, but you go about the whole thing yourself and then are in charge of your own marketing and getting your book known.

Memory and Capturing Moments

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As I was reading "Smarter Than You Think" a few of the things Clive Thompson really stuck with me. For example, he said "every new tool shapes the way we think, as well as what we think about". This quote really rang true to me because when I think about the things I appreciate in life, I often think "how can I take a picture of this for Instagram?" or "should I post this to my Facebook?". These new tools and technologies have changed the way I think about things while I'm in the situation because I want to document them for the world to see. I also start to think about social media during moments that I should be focusing on the present, which can be a bad trait of the new technology (and I'm definitely not one of the most social-media addicted people that I know).

Amateur Weight Lifting

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My name is Kelly Glasson, and after reading the first two sections of "Show Your Work" by Austin Kleon it got me to thinking about how surprisingly beneficial it is to be an amateur at something. It got me to thinking about what I started up that I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I started CrossFit last September, and for those who don't know what CrossFit is, it's a mixture of weight lifting, running, gymnastics... basically anything you can think of that sounds exhausting. I started cold turkey and jumped right into it. It took me a long time to like it, but suddenly one day it became a huge passion of mine. Weight lifting is tricky as an amateur because there are a lot of ways you can hurt yourself, and it's hard to gauge how much weight you can actually handle.