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Copywork

I'm catching moments of the Writer's Craft Summit.  Copywork as a taught method is new to me.  I remember here, one of your mothers copied out the bible like this.

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The interview talked about the brain activity that a physical connection with the written material stimulates.  Handwriting our own work brings more of our inner selves onto the page than typing.  

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What's interesting to me is that after my stroke, my handwriting is barely legible so I abandoned it unless I had no other choice, so it is still very weak and hard to read, but I think I may try Copywork with the goal of improving it!  This is fairly exciting!

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It makes sense. After all, artists often learn from copying the greats. I caught the same session. My question is this: how do you focus the copying to get the most from it? I think it's easy to copy without paying much attention and therefore not really benefit from it. I'm currently brainstorming questions to ask myself after doing some copywork to boost reflection. Some questions I came up with are:

  • What is it about this passage that appeals to you? (Is it the turn of phrase, the emotions it evokes, the way it pulls you into the action, the theme, etc.?) Why does it appeal to you?
  • Deconstruct the thing you liked. What do you notice about the style, pacing, vocabulary, etc.? 
  • How can you use a similar method in your writing? Write (or rewrite) a scene in your current work using the method you like.

What other questions should I ask myself after copywork?

 

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This is deep stuff, yowordworm!   Thank you for your valuable contribution!

1 hour ago, yowordworm said:
  • What is it about this passage that appeals to you? (Is it the turn of phrase, the emotions it evokes, the way it pulls you into the action, the theme, etc.?) Why does it appeal to you?
  • Deconstruct the thing you liked. What do you notice about the style, pacing, vocabulary, etc.? 
  • How can you use a similar method in your writing? Write (or rewrite) a scene in your current work using the method you like.

As to keeping my interest, I thought of changing the colour of my pen every paragraph or so.  

Do not discount the subconscious osmosis of washing our minds in powerful sentences.  Turn off the inner editor, the questioner, and be alive to the Holy Spirit calling from the deepest love inside us.  God is the God of AND, asking and analysing AND relaxing and being alive to the subconscious.

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22 hours ago, Nicola said:

The interview talked about the brain activity that a physical connection with the written material stimulates.  Handwriting our own work brings more of our inner selves onto the page than typing.  

 

Very interesting. I know this is true for me. I can tell the difference in my brain between handwriting and typing.

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That one is usually automatic but it sometimes doesn't catch, like when you just did it. Does it to me, too. Type in @ and then start typing the name and it should appear. If it doesn't, just try again. :D

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