Metacognition and The Writing Process
Lyndsay Knowles

I recently bought this issue up in my writing group. I asked everyone to try to picture an apple. One person ‘saw’ a worm in their apple; another ‘saw’ the apple tree they used to play under as a child. I saw the usual blackness behind my eyelids and ‘felt’ the concept of apple- and disappointment. Later in the meeting we did a writing exercise where we wrote single lines on different subjects. One of the subjects was ‘something that makes you sad.’ People wrote simple lines such as ‘my cat died.’ I wrote ‘a brown line in the green grass where they sprayed around the row of cold stones.’ I don’t think I’m purposefully overcompensating- that’s just how I write, visually, even though I can’t think that way. What does this mean!?

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