Friday, September 13, 2013

Dabida Kang/Chapter 1/ Tuesday & 11 a.m.

1.      Write about a bad experience you have had with writing. How did this experience affect your attitude toward writing?


One bad experience about writing remains in my memory. When I was an elementary student, there was a writing contest day. Everyone had to participate in the contest which lasted morning to the afternoon. And a certain topic was given to the students, which I can't remember well right now. The problem was that all of my classmates seemed to start writing without hesitation, except for me. I had no idea how to start or what to tell about the topic. Then few hours passed so quickly that I couldn't still write a sentence. I felt like I was the only one left on earth, when everybody left for new habitat for survival. When it was almost submission time, I just wrote foolish things to just fill the blanks. I felt I was the stupidest person in the world. This actually had a positive impact on me. Not to feel such a shame again, I tried to perfect my writings as far as I had got enough time to prepare for them. And this practice had my writing skills improved in some degree. I still need more exercise for impromptu writings though.


2.      How do you feel about writing in your first language compared to writing in English?


Writing in both Korean and English is still difficult. I believe that same effort is required for writing in both languages, in organizing ideas and making them intriguing. The only difference might be the time. For me, it takes more time to write it in English, because I have to look for the adequate English words which fit in the whole context. Writing English is more challenging though. What is good about writing in English is, in the process of doing it, I get to study myself and learn more by trying to express thoughts understandably.


3.      Have you ever done any writing for yourself only – letters to friends or relatives, journals, diaries, poems? If so, explain how this writing was different from the writing you did for school assignments.


I used to keep diaries. And I still have 4 of them written from 2007 to 2011. Afterwards I unintentionally stopped doing it for the busy school days. Anyways there are so many differences between writing for myself and assignments. To tell one thing, when I write for myself, I am obviously not under pressure. However, the opposite goes for the latter one. Sometimes, I get so much freaked out to unwillingly do the writing assignment that I keep putting it off til the last minute, only to be in a hurry to meet the deadline.  


  1. 201001081 Rho Ryun majoring in EIT.


    I felt sorry for your bad experience which happened on writing contest day. I know what the "writing contest day" is and my goal on that day was usually hang out with my friends without any worrying about writing something. Similar to you, we had "Painting contest day". Because I am not a good painter, my painting was always horrible and no one could notice what I painted. But sadly, unlike your case, that kind of shameful experience gave nothing. I envy you. If I felt shame like you, I could be a good painter.

    I agree with you idea. I also have to look for words which fit adequate the most. You said you are going to get to study yourself and learn more, but I think your writing skills are pretty good.

    I like your expressions on the third answer. For example, “the opposite goes for the latter one.” I need to learn that kind of expressions. You made me thinking.

    1. 201001081 Rho Ryun majoring in EIT

      Grammatical mistake found.

      You made me thinking->You made me think.

  2. Ha Eun Park

    I'm sorry that you had to go through that at the writing contest. I think also for me it would have been a frustrating experience. If you enter into a contest, there is always that pressure.

    As for the third question that you answered, I also kept a diary. However, like you I stopped writing because I got too busy. Although I stopped, I think keeping a journal can be very helpful at times. So, I recommend it to anyone who wants to get better at writing. There is absolutely no pressure and you can write about your feeling freely. It might be more work for me,but I want to start writing my journal again.