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Fellow Jaycees: Has your mind ever gone blank when faced with a blank sheet of paper? Or maybe you couldn't find the words for a complaint letter or a letter of nomination. You are not alone. Many Jaycees experience writer's block. writer's block is a symptom of rusty writing skills. Many people don't have the opportunity to write on a regular basis. This may lead to a lack of confidence. And a lack of confidence will lead to writer's block every time. The Jaycees WRITE-UP program offers members the opportunity to overcome common writer's block, to practice and polish writing skills, and to gain confidence in writing. Jaycees are required to write more frequently as they climb the ladder of success both in and out of the chapter. Their need to communicate effectively in written form increases as their responsibilities grow. The WRITE-UP program is designed to provide guidance, practice and challenge to the success-bound Jaycee. Use this Write-Up manual as a guide to better writing. Practice writing at every opportunity. And accept the challenge to compete. Feel free to call me if you have any questions suggestions. This is going to be a great year for Florida Jaycees and the Write-Up program - BELIEVE IT! Yours in Jaycees, or the
Tricia Draluck 1985-86 State write-Up
185 ST. N.,JUPITER,
IN THE LOCAL CHAPTER
The write-Up program begins at home in your local chapter. Give your members the opportunity to practice and improve their writing skills on a regular basis. They will benefit from their increased skills and so will your chapter. CPG writing will be easier, Brownfield and Armbruster resumes will be more professional, and the quality of your newsletter will improve. How do you get a chapter Write-Up program started? Here are some ideas. 1. Appoint a standing write-Up Chairman. This Chairman will report to the chapter I.D.V.P. and will be responsibile for promoting the write-Up program at the local level. 2. Invite a local newspaper chapter on how to write points with the newspaper 3. Conduct a local reporter or editor to speak to your press releases. (You'll also make and, hopefully, get more coverage!) from
a resume writing workshop. Invite a representative job placement service to take part. newsletter.(The
4. Hold an article contest in your chapter should make the effort worthwhile.) 5. Encourage members to compete competitions. Practice makes
at District, perfect.
AT THE STATE LEVEL
The Florida Jaycees were the "pioneers" of the write-Up prograffi. In 1983, Write-Up was added to the state Individual Development portfolio. Since that time competitions have been held quarterly at state conferences and conventions. In 1985, competition in ~rite-Up was held for the first time at National Convention.
~·lhomay compete? All regular members except chapter presidents, Write-Up judges, state officers or the state chairman. Participants must be registered at the conference/convention where they are competing. Each chapter may have up to three competitors. What does the competition consist of? \~riting an essay with the topic to be announced one hour competition.
What is the topic? Topics will be general in nature to allow each competitor the opportunity to show hiS/her talents for originality and interpretation. Keep in mind that an essay is an opinion and there is no right or wrong approach to the subject. Also, keep in mind that the judges will be
for the essay
When does competition At state conferences 9:00 a.m.
take place? and convention
How is the competition judged? A panel of 3 or more judges will
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Format Grammar Neatness Content Spelling
20% 40% 30% 5% 5~
to the competitors
Why should Jaycees compete in write-Up? For personal satisfaction, experience, comradery and AWARDS! Every competitor will receive a Certificate and the first place winner will receive a beautiful plaque. The year-end first place winner gets a plaque AND a ticket to National Convention.
Quarterly competitions should also be held at the District and Region levels. It's important to give members every opportunity to practice their writing skills. District and Regional Write-up competitions can be run by any 0 nee x c e p t a com pet i tor. Use the ju d gin g for 1i1a t s h 0 '•••• n above. Keep the topic general such as "l~y Jlost me;norable Jaycee experience". Encourage the competitors to go on to state competition.
1. Write about what you know best something the judges can identify feelings, reactions and experiences
Your su~ject should be are interested in your
- yourself! with. They as a Jaycee.
2. Use your time wisely. Take the first 10-15 minutes thoughts, make some notes or an outline. Decide what closing lines will be. (see Winning Plan of Development) 3. Include a specific personal experience, or anecdote. Include a quote or an example. focus on one
to organize your your opening and
4. Practice is the key to winning Write-Up. Write an article for your chapter newsletter, write a letter to your Senator or local editor, write a CPG, an article for Sunshine, a press release, etc. Use opportunities every day to practice writing.
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WRITING There are 4 general in your essay. 1. Descriptive sytles
ESSAY You may use one or all of them
things the senses and what they do to
This form always involves stimulate the reader. 2. Narrative - tells a story,
This form tell the Narration 3. Expositive
is what all newspaper "how, what, where, is storytelling. - explains facts
writers use because they need to when and why" of the story.
This form classroom instructive 4. Argument This
is used largely in the non-fiction field, as in lectures, biographies and blueprints. It is usually and interpretive. The reader learns sOmething. or debates the facts
- agrues form
to an essay: - should
l..9ackground for the subject, an anecdote, analogy, reference, quotation, question, or a startling remark. In short, sOmething which identifies the subject and interests the reader. 2. A thesis statement contains the central develop in the subsequent paragraphs. B. The subsequent paragraphs - should develop ideas which you plan to
Some methods of paragraph development that can be used include: example, detail, contrast, cause, reason, and definition. Each paragraph should contain a topic sentence which should relate back to the thesis statement. Transition should be used between and within the paragraphs. C. The concluding paragraph are: restating the central idea, or or quotation, or something to show the
Some methods of concluding using a reference, anecdote significance of the topic.
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~AKINC EVERY WORD COUNT BY G/\RY PROVOST
dull! is wordy!) or discuss. red in color
If "walk" If "talk" DON'T
is dull try "stroll". (perambulate is getting wearisolne then try chat - baby puppies, little midget,
Lenore picked up a weekly paycheck every (if it happens every Friday we know it's WEA~
- One of the best ways to improve what you have written is to throw out 2 or 3 weak words and replace thejl1',.;ithne strong o word that conveys the same message.
"Lee was a mean woman" becomes "Lee was a shrew." "He passed away early in the morning, and people America wept" becomes "He died at dawn and the nation
:'1hen you can c h a n get en',.; r d s t 0 s eve n, 0 r two VI 0 r d s too n e, the 0 writing almost always will work better. Remember, "writing gets more interesting as it acquires precision, not length". BE SPECIFIC - Show your reader a well-focused image, really see and you will hold his interest. something he can
I know a girl who was attacked by a dog yesterday. I know another girl who was attacked by a Doberman Which dog do you see more clearly? A car rose. SHOW or a red corvette. A woman or a nun. Which created a picture in your mind? - Showing a picture
- DON'T TELL see. Paint "The "Her girl eyes
means creating a picture with your words. or lakes
had bright blue eyes" sparkled like distant
TO THE SENSES - Through the senses of sight, sound, taste, s 111e 11 and to u c h we rea c h 0 u t tot hew 0 rId; wee x per i en c e . Goo d writing appeals to the senses. And while you can't load every paragraph you write with sights, sounds and smells, you should return frequently to the senses to reinind the reader that this \;1ritten world is the same one in which he lives.
INTENTION - Don't put anything in your writing without a reason. The reader assumes intention on your part when you include a fact. Don't simply toss facts into your essay because they happenec; they have to Inean something and lead somewhere.
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It may seem impossible to accomplish the preceding within the 60 minutes of write-Up competition, but it won't be if you PLAN TO WIN! The fOllowing is a sample Plan of Development. The times are just an estimate, work at your own spee~, but be sure to finish within 60 minutes!
WINNING PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
T. Analyze Subject A. Define purpose or central idea of essay B. Recallall you know of subject from experience, etc. II. Determine Reader A. What does he know about subject? B. What does he need to know? C. How can information best be presented him?
steps I [, II o to 15 minutes
step III 15 to 35 minutes
III. Develop Subject A. Make a scratch outline of essay. B. Set your ideas and information down quickly. C. Check relationship of your ideas. D. Arrange ideas in their logical oreer. IV. Revise Rough Draft: A. Read essay quickly. 3. Evaluate contents, your approach to the subject, and the readability of your writing style. C. Make notes in the margins of needed changes V. Final Copy: A. Make final copy. B. Proofread carefully. C. Subinit essay.
step IV 35 to 45 minutes
step V 45 to 60 minutes
W r i tin 9 i s n 't jus t s p e 11 i ng; i tis m u c h m 0 re t h a n s p e 11 in 9 . \'j r tin 9 i s n 't jus t g ram In a r; it's m u c h m 0 re t h a n 9 ram mar. ':J r i tin 9 i s 9 rasp in 9 ideas, seeing images, harnessing words - giving shape and form to thoughts. What matters most in writing is not the rules and conventions for putting words on paper. ~hat matters most in writing is the \vriter's mind.
by Rudolf Flesch, A.H. Lass Ph.D. and
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THE Use the keyhole format
KEYHOLE when writing your essay.
as a guide
Introduction Get l>.ska question, Last the reader's attention statea1ent, main idea state a fact
a startling should state
Body Elaborate One Illustrate with thought on per theme paragraph personal experiences,
Conclusion Reword State Clincher: your main idea or theffie of the essay to the topic
the main Relate
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questions: reader essay? - Do the asking
1. Is your for more?
introduction strong? Does it relate well
Does it leave the to the rest of your pattern?
2. Is the body of your essay flow? Is there continuity?
in a logical
3. Does your conclusion "sum leave the reader satisfied? 4. Did you your theme use examples, development?
5. Were you original? different angle? Will finishing it? 6. HON is your sentence Could you have made that short ones into five? 7. Do you If you can outstanding have any to the
you approach the subject from a reader remember your essay after
structure, grammar and punctuation? one long sentence into tvlO or those ten
neat? you have one
say yes essay!
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The 1985-86 Florida Jaycees Write-Up was sponsored by:
S I. Mary's
We thank St. Mary's for supporting
the Florida Jaycees.
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