One Writer's Beginning Analysis

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In the book, One Writer 's Beginning, Eurdora Welty writes about her personal life and how she became a writer. It started off with her being young and her love of reading to her being older with her love of writing. She splits the book into three parts with “Listening”, “Learning to See”, and “Finding a Voice” as the names of her chapters. She explains how we need to listen for stories. We need to open our eyes and write about what we see. Then we need to find our voice in our writing to make our stories. The first part of the book, the author wrote about listening and how it helped her to become a writer. She stated, “I learned from the age of two or three that any room in our house, at any time of day, was there to read in, or to be read …show more content…
One of the assignments she had us write about was a chocolate kiss and how we can use our different senses to explain what a chocolate kiss was without knowing what chocolate was. It was very hard to write about what a kiss taste like, looks like, and feels like without “knowing what chocolate was”. Another thing she had us to do was look at our hand and write about what we saw on our hand. Luckily, I had smashed my finger the day before in a car door and my finger was the highlight of my story. Finally, one thing that she got us to do was, she told us on our walk home or way home to not just go home, but take time to look around and observe our surroundings. She said to jot things down and when we get to class the next day to write about it. I was thinking great my life is boring and I am not going to have anything to write about. Well, that is what I thought until the walk home. These guys in a truck were driving by and one of the guys went half way out of the car window and started screaming and threw a penny. To my surprise, he had a great shot because seconds later I had a penny on my forehead and at first I was mad, but then I got happy because now I had something great to write about the next day. Because I opened my eyes, I was able to see the world as a prompt to write …show more content…
It was a memoir about how Eurdora Wetly became a writer. This book reminds me of The Moon and I and how she wrote her stories. I really think that this book can help me as a teacher to get my students to write. Just like my high school teacher and how she got us to write about our surroundings and using all our senses to describe an object. Even though it was unusual to me at first, it turned out to be fun and got me enjoy writing. Not only did it get me to enjoy writing, but it helped me to stop and look around instead of being a teenager and being self

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