Archive | October 2013

Scavenger Hunt #6: Three Errors In An Article

  1. Weird phrase: “lorry driver girlfriend“
  2. there’s no editing in this writing: “their relationship was ‘on-off’ “
  3. Grammatical error: “She sobbed in the dock”. It should be “sobbed on the dock”.

Scavenger Hunt #5: Three Articles I Found Interesting


– The writer’s style is detailed and straightforward about the topic. Also the writer indicated some quotes pretty nicely, and have good research of Shakespeare’s new found compositions, which made the paragraph easy to understand and fascinating.


– What this article interests me is that it’s melancholy atmosphere throughout the article. Also the writer’s style is pretty descriptive and imagery on the location and the situation with the bears, in my own opinion.


– The reason why I found this interesting is because of it’s delicious title “Pumpkin Spice”. The writing style is informal, due to the phrases           “when the hell” and “big goddamn deal”. But it is pretty easy to read.

Scavenger Hunt #4. Five Adjective About the Writer’s Voice

  • Ernest Hemingway

– depressed, observant, melancholic, passionate, and mindful.


  • Hunter S. Thompson

– brilliant, erratic, passionate, ingenious, and descriptive.


  • Emily Bronte

– poetic, old-fashioned, self-effacing, logical, and descriptive.


  • Margaret Atwood


– descriptive, powerful, confident, metaphorical, and long sentences.


  • J. D. Salinger


– energetic, realistic, conversational, attentiveness, and descriptive.


  • Dashiell Hammet


– detective, political, dialogue, hard-boiled, and cynical.


  • Jonathan Lethem


– descriptive, realistic.


  • Dave Barry


– colloquial, easy-understanding, basic wording, logical


  • James Joyce


– confusing, weird, quick, repetitive, childish.


  • Douglas Coupland


– colloquial, statement, logical, realistic.


  • Nick Hornby


– statement, realistic, long sentences, passion, modern.


  • Chuck Palahniuk


– odd, short-sentences, conversational, statement.


  • Virginia Woolf


– statement, easy-understanding, psychical, realistic, attentive.


  • Raymond Chandler


– short-sentences, statement, realistic, easy-understanding, modern.


  • Kurt Vonnegut


– short-sentences, straightforward, easy, conversational, statement


  • Angela Carter


– descriptive, statement, modern, conversational, established.


Scavenger Hunt #3. Ten Articles On Writers’ Voice

Ten Articles On Writers’ Voice:










Ten key points:

– “voice” means an original, an author who is like no others.

– To set your voice free, set your words free. Set your characters free. Most important, set your heart free.

– Your voice is yourself in the story.

– The intersection between inner speech and external create write’s voice.

– Spend time analyzing stories or articles you like and jot down the details.

– The right voice makes the work accessible; it gives us the tone and point of view that best illuminate the material and make it shine.

– Let the voice do the job for you in the material in order to tell itself.

– Voice is not only the about the topics, the details, but the the passion for the subject matter, and the fortitude of opinion.

– We must understand ourselves, our personality, and the building materials that have gone into the construction of the edifice we are today.

– Every person has their own unique voice inside them.

Scavenger Hunt #2: Article About “Style” From The University of North Carolina

After reading this article about “style” in writing, I found out that there are several points I need to work on. Such as grammar and style are the two main points for me. The reasons are that in many of my writing I lack of style, always mess up with the keys I want to say and lost my goal in the writing. Many people misunderstand what I try to express. Another point is my grammar. Grammar is always my problem in any of my writing. Too wordy, wrong verbs at the wrong places, also overuse some prepositional phrases, which make the writing pretty awkward. In short, I still have many things to learn to improve my writing.

Scavenger Hunt #1: My Ten Quotes…

My Ten Quotes

  1. That is the power of a good story. It can encourage you, it can make you laugh, it can bring you joy. It will make you think, it will tap innto your hidden emotions, and it can make you cry. The power of a story can also bring about healing, give you peace, and change your life! — Jeff Dixon
  2. I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction. ― Tahereh Mafi
  3. There are more truths in a good book than its author meant to put in it. — Marie von Ebner-Eschenback
  4. No matter how true I believe what I am writing to be, if the reader cannot participate in that truth, then I have failed. — Madeleine L’Engle
  5. It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. –Virginia Woolf
  6. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered. — Stephen King
  7. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves. – Lillian Hellman
  8. If you don’t keep and mature your force and avove all have time and quiet to perfect your work, you will be writing things not much better than you did five years ago. … Otherwise, what might be strength is only crudeness, and what might be insight is only observation. You will write about life, but never life itself. — Sarah Orne Jewett
  9. You have to love writing, but more importantly, you have to love learning to write better.–  Jim Averback
  10. You have to write a lot. And you have to rewrite what you wrote a lot more. — Holly Black

Scavenger Hunt #1: The Quote That …

That is the power of a good story. It can encourage you, it can make you laugh, it can bring you joy. It will make you think, it will tap innto your hidden emotions, and it can make you cry. The power of a story can also bring about healing, give you peace, and change your life! — Jeff Dixon

The reason why I agree with this quote is because whenever i read a story, no matter what kind it is, it always amazed me and brings me all kinds of joy and laughter. Also some emotions that I resist to show others, such as sadness, tears, and awe. Thus, this is why I agree with this author’s quote, he speaks the true inside me.