Skip to content

“Having to Write with an Unsharpened Mind,” by OC Student Ace Butler

 This is my first entry for the One Voice blog here at Olympic College. In all honesty I have no idea what to write other than the fact that I have not written anything for quite some time. Looking at the “Suggestions for Managing ‘One Voice’” sheet, I am recommended to aim for one and a half pages (about 600 words.) The suggestions page itself is four pages long…


Irony: one of the many rhetorical devices I have learned and remembered from amassing knowledge in English courses. Clichés: what defines as “a trite, stereotyped expression; usually expressing a common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse;” or in my own explanation of that word, the walking form of, me, Ace Butler.


Definitions: a great way to knocked down space in a writing assignment that has a word requirement.


Perhaps if there is one piece of advice I have learned when it comes to writing, it is this: first write from the heart, then from the head. (That was actually a line from Sean Connery’s character in Finding Forrester.)


Inspiration: not to be confused with plagiarism.


But really, when it comes to writing, anything at all, it begins with a simple challenge: having to write. This thing is all about getting down what’s in your brain onto paper without having to draw blood or leaving a pulpy mess. Writing is using your own digits as utensils and your own blood as ink – and I mean that figuratively – even if it is at the expense of possibly sounding stupid, or strange, or even dark at times.


Large spacing in between paragraphs: never compensates for missing words, but as any English teacher will tell you, they prefer quality over quantity any day.


Making every word count: I think this blog is entry worth 600 letters?

Ace Butler is a returning Olympic College student with interests in English and Psychology.  He is volunteering in the Multicultural & Student Programs office as an editor for One Voice.  He has an obsession with masks and alter-egos.

Leave a Reply

You may use basic HTML in your comments. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

Connect with Facebook