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Writing 101: Serially Found

Earlier in the course, you wrote about losing something. Today, write about finding something. For your twist, view day four’s post and today’s post as installments in a series.

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On day four, you wrote a post about losing something. Today, write about finding something.

Tell us about the time you retrieved your favorite t-shirt from your ex. Or when you accidentally stumbled upon your fifth-grade journal in your parents’ attic. Or how about the moment you found out the truth about a person whose history or real nature you thought you’d figured out. Interpret this theme of “finding something” however you see fit.

Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined.

You could pick up the action where you stopped, or jump backward or forward in time. You might write about the same topic, but use a different style, or use the same style to tackle a neighboring topic.

Not sure how to approach continuity? Here’s a time-tested tip: pick a favorite book or two. Read the last page of chapter one, then the first page of chapter two. How did the author choose to connect these two separate-but-connected narrative units?

We’d like to stress, though, that the idea behind today’s assignment isn’t necessarily to write “chapter two” of a neat, predetermined sequence — though you could do that, too, of course — but to think more intently about the idea of continuity and designing long-term writing projects.

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  1. Retrieving a shirt… hmmm. Well, one time an upset friend mistook my jacket for her ex-boyfriends, tried to light my leathers on fire, then threw it out the window to fall at my feet while I was leaving. I was like, well thanks for that. Whoops, lol. We had a laugh. Oh the good ol days when I could stomach tougher company. #classic

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  2. An old friend found me last March. Because of many reasons (or not reasons) we lost contact more than 6 years ago. She found me last March. It was fabulous because it seemed that time never passed. We started to talk as we used to every day when we met at the university classes. We send long emails to each other, talk by phone, text. We feel very happy.

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