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Share but not too much!

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Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work book discusses the horror of becoming human spam. As he explains it, being human spam is selling too much of your own work and not taking the time to look at other’s work. This is a very important thing to learn, especially with writing. It is important to look at other works in the same genre and see how they tell a story and taking that and using it in your own unique work. It is also important to share your work with others in order to get feedback and criticism and hopefully learn from that criticism. My favorite example of working with others and not being human spam is C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved reading Narnia as a kid, and I love reading it to my nephews still. I’ve always loved Lord of the Rings and all of Tolkien’s short stories.

Modern media stops Pluralistic Ignorance

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Pluralistic ignorance occurs when a population believes that the majority has one opinion, where in reality they share similar opinions but do not say anything about them. The book gave the example of racism and segregation. When taking an anonymous survey, most whites admitted that they did not agree with the segregation laws, but they believed that most whites did so they said nothing about it. Pluralistic ignorance is a tricky thing to pin down, because most people are afraid to give an opinion that is against what they think the majority believes.

Audience motivates good Writing

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Writing is not the easiest of tasks. It is sometimes hard enough to collect your thoughts and much harder to put those thoughts down on paper. It is especially difficult to write about something that you are not interested in, which is something that often occurs in classrooms. Thompson’s book Smarter Than You Think gives the example of a teacher who encouraged his students to write online, and in this way the students wrote for an audience, and not just for a teacher. This motivated students to really take an interest in writing.

The struggles after you write a book

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These chapters covered very difficult nuts and bolts information. As a writer I like to think that once I write something that will be the end of the hard stuff. Yet, these chapters very much pointed out that the hard stuff is just getting started. There is just so much to the publishing world that it seems impossible to publish anything all by yourself, but it is possible if you are willing to work hard at it.

The Calming Effect of Art

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Art always has a story behind it. The artist feels different things as they create it, and they are going through different things. Every piece of art an artist produces can bring back different memories and different emotions for them that can never completely be communicated with the reader/audience. An example of this in my own work is when I first got into my relationship, I was really nervous before the first date and so I drew a picture to calm my nerves.
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Writing conditions thought

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The world of the internet is infinite and can be terrifying, but it has definitely created a new kind of every day interest in writing. There are so many different forums of writing, whether it’s fanfiction or a blog. It really creates a world of sharing and forming opinions and learning how to argue for them.

Clemson Campus

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I am often walking to the Poole and Agriculture building for work and I love the area around the Academic Success Center. It is wet and gloomy in this picture but I especially love the tree in the center of the circle by the bus stop. I just love how centered the tree is in the circle (being a bit OCD). It is such a simple thing, a circle with a tree but its simplicity is amazing especially when the tree has leaves. It gives the place amazing color.
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Past, Present, and Future of the Book

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I found APE’s explanation of the past, present, and future of the book very fascinating. I found the progression of the book from the printing press to the computer very important because it shows that things are always changing and getting better. The explanation of the publishing process was very informative. I had a friend who self-published a short story and she explained to me how much trouble she had with agents and editors, but I never really understood the amount of stress she went through until I read APE’s description. It really seems like a huge pain staking process, while self-publishing appears much simpler.

The skill of Learning

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“Every new tool shapes the way we think, as well as what we think about.” (Thompson, 7). This quote from Thompson’s Smarter Than You Think was very profound to me. It shows that our minds are always seeping in new knowledge and are changing and shaping as time continues. It really makes me think of learning as a creative twist on an already exciting life. An example of this in my life is that when I read Shakespeare
I often start talking in rhythm on accident. My friends always call me on it, but it shows the effect the words have on my mind.
The world is a stage

Drawing Amateur Style

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Drawing is something I’ve always done, whether on a relaxing Saturday morning or just doodles in my notebook during class. I’ve never had an art class in my life, unless you count elementary school art classes. I just grabbed a pencil and began drawing things I love. I have to tell you my first pictures were horrible, but that never stopped me. Drawing for me was really just practice makes perfect. Now I’m working on drawing people, and I’m focusing on the difficult features like eyes. Here are some of my sketches that I’ve been working on lately: