Sunday, February 28, 2010

Writing in another language

I haven't been keeping up with this blog lately. Like my own private English blog, it is not easy to enjoy writing in English as much as I do in Chinese. While I was writing my dissertation, I realized that I couldn't see the logical disconnections in my English writing as I could in my native language.

LOGIC! Never occurred to me before that it could be a problem. I am not saying I'm good at logic but I haven't had any problem convincing/arguing with people before. Of course, this has something to do with the length of the dissertation too, it's hard to keep track of a 200-400 pages argument. It just goes to show you that we take many simple things for granted, such as our ability to write. It takes a change of scenarios to challenge you to think, and hopefully to change as well.

What is the point of writing anyway? I write so much, but can't write three sentences straight without my mind wandering around in between. Is it the language? Or is it that my attention span has become so short? With three different writing projects in the next month to finish, I suddenly feel that I should pick this blog up now, so I could use my wandering mind for something useful... good logic? Perhaps.

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