Math, science, and music were not my strong points in high school. Math I never saw a need for; I honestly still do not because of the existence of a little box with numbers on it- a calculator. Science I found very interesting and engaging, but it involved too much memorization. Music, as beautiful as it could sound, was not where my talents were found. So, I excelled in my English classes such as reading, writing, and, of course, grammar.
One thing that I found interesting was the question, “Is it okay to end a sentence with a preposition?” I had never given this question much thought because if it sounded correct, it must be. I was surprised to see that a reference was made to Harry Potter. I am a Harry Potter fan, so the first sentence there caught my attention. Fogarty makes a point to say that it depends on the sentence. For instance, some interrogative sentences simply will not work when a preposition is left off the end of the sentence. I learned that sometimes placing prepositions is unnecessary and can be distracting. I would like to learn why so many people feel it’s incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition if it really isn’t.
Dialogue is something that every writer needs to be well-informed of. Being an aspiring writer and an avid reader, I sympathize and understand the plight of authors who attempt to present dialogue in a way that isn’t trite, but rather believable. (As a side note, isn’t it funny how most fiction needs a touch of believability for it to succeed in the market?) This article focused more on the technical aspects; I would like to learn more about creative ways to present otherwise boring yet necessary dialogue. I learned that parallel structure is crucial as to not confuse an action(s) between two different characters. I think what surprised me the most was simply that she was able to take the one sentence about Squiggly and create a blog around the simple sentence.
In the final article I perused, I learned just how many different types of journals there can be. I have kept journals before as I am sure many women can attest to. (Maybe even some men will admit to it; there’s nothing to be ashamed of!) The article listed journal types such as ideas, daily, freewriting, and dream journals. I was surprised to see dream journals as a category; then I was intrigued by the thought. So many times I wish I could remember a particular dream! I whole-heartedly agree that it is unwise to write anything you would later regret another person reading. I would like to learn more about what inspires other people to journal. Nature and relationships with others and God are some of my inspirations, but I am curious to discover what causes the pens of others to start writing.