Welcome to the Active Voice Blog, the official blog of the Wake Forest University Writing Center. You can find all the information you need about the Center around our main site, but this space is reserved for students, faculty, and staff to share perspectives on writing practices and processes. We hope you’ll find something here that speaks to you!
“A person who never laughs; one who has no sense of humour.”
“Although the student thought the elaborate excuse she made up was pretty hilarious, her professor was an agelast when the paper was three weeks late.”
“agelast, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2014. Web. 27 May 2014.
With another school year behind us, and the warmth of summer around the corner, it’s easy to put down the pen and take a break from writing. But you worked so hard to fine tune your abilities this year. You visited the Writing Center, took advantage of office hours, and revised your papers. You really made strides in your writing this year!
Don’t lose that momentum!
Here’s a few ways to keep writing over summer break.
750 words a day is an online challenge that encourages folks to write 750 words a day, every day. Are you up for the challenge?
Remember when you were little and you scratched all your secrets in a notebook that you hid under your bed so your little sister didn’t find it? Journaling may look a little different now that you’re all grown up, but it’s still a great way to reflect on experiences, remember milestones, and process through the ups and downs of the day.
Search out ways online to share your creative prose and poems. Medium is a great place to find inspiration as well as share what’s on your mind.
Social media and emailing/texting with friends is a great way to keep writing over the summer. Pay special attention to grammar and word choice, even in your Facebook statuses, so you don’t get rusty over the summer.
Start a blog or a tumblr. Sharing your words with the world is a great way to try out new writing styles, and it feels great to get a comment (even if it is from your mom). Here’s a list of some great literary blogs.
Create a petition for an issue you’re passionate about.
Here’s wishing a happy, safe, refreshing summer (and keep on writing!)
“Tired out, exhausted; ‘off colour’.”
The wabbit student, after a week of finals, was ready for a week of naps.
“wabbit, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2014. Web. 7 May 2014.
Today’s tip comes from Professor T.H.M. Gellar-Goad (@thmggphd) in the Department of Classical Languages.
We don’t have to tell you that studying for exams is hard work. But did you know that you should be taking study breaks? According to a recent article in the New York Times, “A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion.” You should be taking a 10 minute break for every 40-90 minutes spent working.
So, you’re in the library, working hard, and need a quick break. What’s a Deacon to do?
- Allow yourself a few minutes of free internet time (pending you haven’t already been on Facebook the entire time you’ve been studying). A few minutes spent looking at cute cats may be the ticket to finishing the last page of your paper. And if you’re done with your tech study break, here’s some great tips on avoiding techno distraction to get your studying back on track.
- Check out Wake the Library. Our friends at ZSR have awesome things planned to help you through finals. Visit the relaxation station, fuel up on snacks, even do some yoga.
- Get a snack, but make sure it’s the right snack. Fruits are some of the best foods you can eat during finals. And make sure to drink plenty of water.
- Get moving! Take a walk, visit the gym, go for a run. And if you don’t want to loose your precious spot in ZSR, stand and do a few stretches, or have a friend watch your laptop while you take a quick stroll through the stacks.
And if you need a break from writing to get some help with a paper, visit us in the Writing Center. We still have a few appointments available!