In comparing the event (last Friday, see Sept.21 post) to the writing of the event, which my students handed in on Monday, I was again struck wondrous (wounded, for short, or wondered) by what word does to world. How do you put your finger on the difference between being out there and writing about being out there, I asked them today. And by the way, which comes first--language or perception? Not commonplace questions for all students/writers, especially those who take language for granted. We're heading out again Friday.
Also fun today: getting my students to list the most common possible answers to a series of questions like What does wind create on water? and What do ducks do on waves? then banning all such language, so overused in their writing, from further use.