Monday, November 12, 2012

Writing in Different Ways

Dear All,

More suggestions for writing in different ways. Feel free to pick and choose.


Alternative Beginnings of the Same Essay Subform

Please write three alternative - and very different - beginnings of either an ACADEMIC essay, a GENERAL INTEREST essay, or a LITERARY essay about one of the following topics: Dream, Men and/or Women, Color, or the Elements. Please use different strategies for each beginning but make sure the essay subgenre you have chosen as well as the focus of your topic remain the same.


Oral and Written Discourse

Please choose ONE of the following paired options (a or b) and write the beginning of a piece in both media about one of the following topics: Ideals of Beauty, Consumerism, the Universe, Artificial Intelligence, Procrastination, Yoga, Leading a Meaningful Life.
a) [transcript of a] conference presentation and academic essay
b) [transcript of a] speech in front of a mixed audience an general interest essay
Focus on bringing out the differences in style that your change of medium (oral vs. written) demands.

Happy Writing!


1 comment:

    Beginning 1:
    People believe that dreams come out of nowhere and hit them whilst they are asleep. But, that is not true. One’s dreams comes from within oneself. People dream about the things depending on the kind of activities they did all day long and their mood before they go to sleep. For instance, if someone feels insecure, he/she is likely to dream about a story related to insecurity. The probability to dream the same would be higher if the intensity of the emotion is strong.
    On the contrary, there are Dreams that motivates us to work. We visualize about something that we want to be and then starts the journey to attain and living the dream. These are the dreams that we have control over and we can see them in whatever way we want to, quite different from what we ‘see’ when we sleep.

    Beginning 2:
    Everyone has a pair of eyes and can see the rising sun, the flying birds and the shining stars. But, there are people who, when see the rising sun, dream about rising in the eye of the world. People who wish to fly like the birds on the clouds of success, people who can DREAM! They see beyond reality and see what the world does not, they visualize the world in a whole different way often criticized by the public. But, it was this dreaming that separated them from the rest and made them known to the whole world for generations. Newton, Galileo, Einstein and many more were among those people. As Oscar Wilde once said,
    “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”

    Beginning 3:
    Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that occur involuntarily in our mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a subject of philosophical and religious. The scientific study of dreams is called Oneirology. Scientists believe that, in addition to humans, certain birds and the majority of mammals also dream.
    Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep. However, these dreams tend to be much less vivid or memorable.