[ExI] silly 'rules'

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 20:04:00 UTC 2015

On Sep 18, 2015 12:27 PM, "spike" <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> Many or perhaps most of us here are techy types.  In our school years we
were required to take lit classes but plenty of us just went through the
motions.  (Did you do that too?)

I recall a high school English teacher assigning me to write a story,
exactly two paragraphs per day - no more, no less.  I could buffer ideas
for future days' paragraphs, but not actually write them.  I remember doing
that exercise more than once, the last time taking a bit past 3 weeks
(getting the story to a good conclusion).

The idea was to practice discipline.  I'd already done some story writing.
And...even adults, but definitely children, might appreciate certain forms
of art more if they have at least dabbled in the rudiments of the craft,
rather than leaving the whole thing as a black box to them.  (Though there
is a fear among many that this actually reduces the capacity for enjoyment,
seeing everything in bland mechanics.  I can not say for certain whether
this actually happens to some, even many, but I live an example proof that
it need not be so.)
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