In high school I spent countless hours after regular classes in our creative writing club. We would read poetry and listen to the muse in hopes of finding those elegant connections between silence and spoken word, to scribble down something of significance for our creative writing magazine. Although, it was not as popular as Theater, Sports, or TV, we had a simple and modest home in our teacher's classroom after school. So many wonderful memories of us as we sifted through poetry and short stories written by our classmates. A great process and a privilege, for me since I am a non-native English speaker, yet somehow I naturally excelled at English and writing, and simply enjoyed it. English is my second language and I have learned it from 4th grade onward how to write compositions. We had a brilliant teacher who really inspired us students to put pen to paper and create various written pieces. I had a few brilliant teachers including Mrs. Kravchuk. My friend Tatiana and I took her Creative writing courses during 11th grade. Below is a photo of us from that time. Possibly from our class night at the Philadelphia Aquarium. Those were the good old days!
In my experience as a news writer and editor, is that writing takes time and so does editing. Good writers know that the craft is a process, and can vary depending on the deadline, access to sources, and word count required. Similar to seamstresses, a writer has his or her initial material and tools to excel in the craft that is writing for an audience. A short paragraph can be written in minutes and revised fairly quickly, but a longer articles need slightly longer writing times and preferably a few hours to construct, evaluate, revise and edit. Having served for newspaper, and magazines as a writer and designer, I've had success with writing on deadlines. Each article became like a beloved piece of clothing that I had sewn, and sent into the world.
If you've found my page, perhaps you have a document that needs editing, proofreading, or perhaps you are just browsing around, looking for inspiration for your blog. I hope my website can inspire you in your writing or sewing journey.
Thanks for visiting my site,
Olga Dvornikova, BA
Journalism, PR, Advertising