Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bad Writing

Question: How do you define bad writing?

Answer: Vernon Lott found some terrible poems he had written as a youngster and turned them into a documentary on bad writing. He discussed the subject with several professional writers.

Quote: “The point of the film isn’t so much to make fun of bad writing as it is about embracing where it comes from and recognizing that no writer is immune to it.” P. 12.

Comment: The point of the article is that all writers have defined “bad writing” for themselves, perhaps unconsciously. The thought of defining bad writing never before occurred to me. Defining bad writing might be a good discussion starter for the classroom. RayS.

Title: “A Documentary on ‘Bad Writing Explores the Creative Process.” NM Sylvester. The Writer (April 2011), 12.

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