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Derik Bond John Sayre November 9, 2012 Block 3 Writing Lab Writing Lab Notes Learning to Brake for Butterflies by Ellen Goodman: In modern day; people are used to having anything they need in a flash, but they are missing out on slowing down to stop and smell the roses. Life goes by too fast to try and zip right through everything. It is very important to take a break from your personal life to see just how beautiful life is. Cherishing every minute of life is the key to success. The Writer by Richard Wilbur: A father hears his daughter writing a story, and the daughter is an adolescent. The daughter possibly has a severe illness that is threatening her life. The father then realizes that you cannot be a good writer if you have an easy life; hardships and life lessons are what make a good writer. The father wishes his daughter not an easy passage through life, but struggles that she will face to later become a better writer. The Watcher at the Gates by Gail Goodwin: The “inner critic” is a common problem among all writers. This inner critic is what she refers to as the “Watcher,” whose main goal is “rejecting too soon and discriminating too severely,” along with trying to “keep you from pursuing the flow of your imagination.” Vocab for The Watcher at the Gates: restraining- holding back, sapped- weakened or cut off, allegory- symbolic story, duration- length of time in an activity, discriminate- to note differences, severely- seriously or harshly, notorious- famous in a negative way, abhorrers- those who strongly dislike, eccentricities- oddities, penchant- liking, begrudgingly- reluctantly, admonishes- warns, lethal- deadly, pacify- calm down, opus- work, candor- frankly. On Reading and Becoming a Writer by Terry McMillan: McMillan describes how she became a famous African-American writer through the years of writing for the fun of it. One

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