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How I Write: Tom Lavelle, Ashley Taylor, & Emily Blair

Our “How I Write” series asks writers from the University of Louisville community and beyond to respond to five questions that provide insights into their writing processes and offer advice to other writers. Through this series, we promote the idea that learning to write is an ongoing, life-long process and that all writers, from first-year students to career professionals, benefit from discussing and collaborating on their work with thoughtful and respectful readers.

During our 2016 National Day on Writing Celebration, we invited Watson Conference attendees to respond How I Write question prompts. In an exercise in mobility (the conference theme!), we transcribed their written responses on the blog. We also included the original responses in the photos so you can see the differences between handwritten and transcribed responses. 


Tom Lavelle is a faculty member and department head at Stockholm School of Economics.

tom-lavelle

Currently reading: The Sympathizer

What type(s) of writing do you regularly engage in?

*Feedback to students
*Course descriptions
*Email (various functions)
*Scholarship (various genres)
*PPT slides
*Poetry

When/where/how do you write?

When: When I can/have time- for long projects, emails almost anytime, feedback before class

Where: office at work, office at home, café near my office

How: often under time pressure

What are your writing necessities—tools, accessories, music, spaces?

Solitude is essential- everything else is negotiable

What is your best tip for getting started and/or for revision?

Getting started: Deciding what I want to do- what I hope the text will accomplish

Revision: See writing as a network of choices, each with consequences for voicing & delivery

  1. What is the best writing advice you’ve received?

Make a claim and back it up.


Ashley Taylor is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English department at the University of Louisville.

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ashley-taylor-how-i-writeCurrent project:

Rhet comp -> pedagogical benefits of elocution

Creative writing
-> dreamscape poetry

What type(s) of writing do you regularly engage in?

Poetry and prose

When/where/how do you write?

With tutoring, grad school, and raising two children, I have limited time for creative work. Most of my writing comes in bits-> notes on my phone, post it notes in an agenda, a line  here and there. Then I make time at the University Writing Center or with a friend to help piece the bits together & brainstorm themes that arise.

What are your writing necessities—tools, accessories, music, spaces?

Post its (paper & electronic)

Notes on my phone

READING OTHER POETS

What is your best tip for getting started and/or for revision?

For getting inspired -> READ
For brainstorming -> talking it out
For revision-> read aloud/writing center appointment

What is the best writing advice you’ve received?

Write what is uncomfortable to write


Emily Blair is pursuing her MA in English at the University of Louisville.

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emily-blair-how-i-writeCurrent project: Poetry

Currently reading: Maggie Nelson

What type(s) of writing do you regularly engage in?

Creative writing (poetry and creative nonfiction)

Academic literary discourse

When/where/how do you write? 

Longhand in bound journals or legal pads in pencil

Usually every night, or in short bursts

What are your writing necessities– tools, accessories, music, spaces? 

Background noise of a fan, familiar music

What is your best tip for getting started/revision? 

A list of related words, associations, etc.

Revise in full, not always at the sentence level

What is the best writing advice you’ve received?

“Take yourself seriously” – Matthew Vollmer

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