Author Topic: writers learn more by observing or participating?  (Read 1500 times)

verybigmouth

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writers learn more by observing or participating?
« on: July 13, 2007, 01:27:49 AM »
your opinion? personally, i believe in making friends to understand more about them.

Offline Conanthedoylarian

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Re: writers learn more by observing or participating?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2007, 04:04:04 AM »
Depends what you want to learn surely?

verybigmouth

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Re: writers learn more by observing or participating?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007, 04:08:10 AM »
learn about their characteristics... and personality

Lin

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Re: writers learn more by observing or participating?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007, 08:07:25 AM »
Come to the writers conference in October - you will learn lots, hands on experience and enjoy yourself  too, see the information at the top of the page on The Writers Circle forum.

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Offline thatollie

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Re: writers learn more by observing or participating?
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007, 11:25:18 AM »
You can learn a lot from both, I'd say that being in a group will show you the dynamics, how the group fits together, how they treat new people, who's better with whom. Being an observor will let you see them as a whole, what they all have in common. Perhaps its best to be in one group and observe other ggroups as well.
Although as writers we rarely fit into one group.
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Offline rewh2oman

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Re: writers learn more by observing or participating?
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007, 12:45:49 PM »
IMHO: "participating".  There's nothing like experience.
e.g., I can learn more from playing the game of soccer (football), than just reading about it.

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Re: writers learn more by observing or participating?
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007, 03:13:11 PM »
I think that depends on how you write, or perhaps how you would like to write. I think through participating, you develop a better sense of how to craft better descriptions when it comes to social activities.

Observing works well too, but when I think about observation as a writing aid, I think about an enviroment, or an inanimate object.

Of course the combination of the two seems to work well enough for me.
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