week 47/day 10

Every good piece of writing reveals a truth about the writer, whereas great writing reveal a truth about the world. A story shows us its author’s picture of the world, whereas creative nonfiction is like an author’s self-portrait.

I am collecting data of my writing progress by using the writing tracker from the book “diy MFA”. Since I am not good at time management, it’s a good idea for me to record and analyze my progress so I can be more effective. I guess the desire to write not only for oneself should be what separates a good writer and a lazy one.

It’s been windy with light showers recently. I slept from about 1 am and got up around 10:30 am today. I need to go to sleep early because if I don’t sleep early, my body and my mind don’t recover from sleeping late. Today I couldn’t stick to the cleaning plan as I usually do on Saturdays.

I feel anxious about writing after I bought many good books on writing yesterday. I was overwhelmed and didn’t know were to start. Then I suddenly realized that I’d better start reading first and then pick up what I need to do along the way.

Sometimes I feel like giving up on writing, but I also feel like working hard to become a good writer when I am upset about something. Perhaps now I know how writing helps me to release negative energy and transform the energy into something constructive.

I’ve learned from my experiences that the emotions at the subconscious level have a big influence on one’s actions. Since such emotions are hidden, one’s actions can’t be explained until you try to understand what’s buried under one’s consciousness by looking at the big picture.

Writing is a way for me to find my own truth. My writing style is to present the facts (the situation and the actions taken) and let the readers decide who the character is and what they can learn from her experience.



Recently I have big appetite and became so fat. Staying at home all day, I started to think I have to eat when I have time to eat so I can have energy to write. I guess eating sweet food made me fat.

The point of philosophy discussion is not to reach a conclusion, but to gain understanding of our own and others’ opinions on a topic.

R picks the book he have studied, and he creates an outline his argument. No matter which topic we choose from the topics he prepares for us, we can only prepare materials to prove his point.

Of course we can try to find inconsistencies in his argument, and try to question it, but then we’d probably run out of time. That’s the biggest flaw I find in R’s seminar.

The point of writing is not only to write, but to share understanding. Writing is only the first step of the process: to sort out what you think of what you have perceived. Once you know what you think, you can share it with others, and the sharing of understanding will make us grow as human beings. Because perceptions are endless, we can grow endlessly.

Children’s story plants the idea in a child subconsciously. Like in the story of Bambi, the message says, “Don’t say anything if you can’t say something nice.” Maybe it’s one of the reasons we lie to people in their face.