Writer’s Notebook

While Twitter is filling the function of an immediate and concise micro-journal; you will need to expand and delve deeper these Tweet thoughts into longer pieces of writing for your Writer’s Notebook.

A Writer’s Notebook is not…

  •  A diary
  • A running, grocery list of your day
  • Straight recollections of your past
A Writer’s Notebook is…
  • A place to play with your …thoughts… words… ideas…
  • A safe place to practice writing
  • A venue to take risks
  • Let your writing flow freely.

Blog Set Up:

The purpose of this journal is to keep you writing and thinking about writing, to help you develop your voice, and to give you the opportunity to practice, practice, practice.  You are encouraged to take risks and experiment in your journal responses.

Your blog is a place to further explore the ideas we discuss in class, to write about related concepts of interest, and to ask questions about them. When creating, designing and writing in your blog, please complete the following:

  1. Choose a professional and meaningful title and subtitle.
  2. Compose a detailed and relevant About page discussing who you are and the focus of your blog.
  3. Choose an appropriate theme.
  4. For each blog post, compose a meaningful title written for an audience beyond our class.
  5. For each blog post, include 2-3 tags.

The Details

  • Posted to your Blog (weekly) by Sunday night at midnight.
  • Length needs to be 500-750 words
  • Open topic, open genre with one caveat… They must be loosely connected to your abstract noun.  That’s it.  If you chose Love, then your weekly writing journal entries will be somehow related around the word Love.
  • At the end of each entry, kindly include the total number of words.
  • Yes, you can include images, videos, etc in your weekly writing journal entries.
  • No, added images does not mean you can write less.
  • After you’ve posted your lasted Writer’s Journal entry, Tweet the link and include the course hashtag (#PSUComp).

Keep In Mind:

Again, blogging in this course should be concerned with the regular examination of ideas and provide concise arguments via unique viewpoint and voice. With that in mind, I encourage you to:

  • Find new ways of saying what you think you want to say.
  • Make clear to readers that there is substantive thought behind the ideas presented.
  • Push yourself to explore the ways you can get at ideas through the use of different media.
  • Have specific references, including text, hyperlinks, video, images, and audio, as means of support.
  • Experiment with the dashboard area.
  • See how things work and what happens when you make changes.

The more you engage with, customize, and explore your blog, the more effective it will be and the more you will get out of the assignment.