What is the Most Important Thing in Writing a Dialogue from Memory

What is the most important thing in writing a dialogue from memory? Is it accuracy, succinctness, or liveliness? In this discussion of the most important thing in writing a dialogue from memory, I must note that there are different opinions on this subject from different individuals. Also that one single answer is not the only right one, everyone likes different writing styles, so there are a variety of “right” answers, on the topic. So moving; I believe that a combination of accuracy and liveliness is the most important thing in writing a dialogue from memory and here is why.

Accuracy is essential in writing a dialogue from memory especially when this dialogue is going into your autobiography because it is about your life. Even though it is nearly impossible to remember every single detail from your life, especially in your childhood it is still important to be accurate on what happened in your life because it is about your life, not a fictional character’s. Even though you may not remember everything fully, it is still important. Also if you don’t accurately write a dialogue from memory it would most likely not make sense, be jumbled, or be  fictionional, which is something you do not want especially when writing an autobiography.

Liveliness is important in many written works, and in my opinion it is also essential in writing a dialogue from memory. When you are writing a dialogue from memory, you do not want it to be just plain facts, dull, and straightforward, but you do want it to be entertaining, lively, and factual at the same time, or else you would bore the people who will be reading it. Because I have been reading autobiographies(which contain dialogues from the memory of the author), for this school year I have seen how liveliness is used by each author, and I have noticed that it really does help in making the autobiography or the specific dialogue in the autobiography more enjoyable and entertaining to read, while again being factual. So with that being said, the combination of accuracy and liveliness while writing a dialogue from memory, makes for a perfect balance of being factual and accurate while being entertaining and enjoyable at the same time. 

In short the reason why I believe that the combination of accuracy and liveliness is the most important thing in writing a dialogue from memory is because: accuracy is necessary in ensuring that the dialogue is as accurate as possible. While at the same time liveliness ensures that the dialogue is entertaining and enjoyable to read. Which in turn makes for the most important thing in writing a dialogue from memory.

Does Kourdakov’s use of Contrasts Strengthen his Narrative

During the past few weeks I have been reading the autobiography: The Persecutor, by Sergei Kourdakov. Which is about the author Kourdakov’s life in Soviet Russia. Early on in Kourdakov’s life he learns about the concept of communism, thanks to his upbringing in the State run Children’s home. He was also highly ambitious early on and rose the ladder quickly, in the terms of communism, thanks to his belief that the strongest rose on top. Even at one point in his life Kourdakov was hired to persecute Christians, which plays an important role in his life. Throughout the book Kourdakov uses many contrasts to describe the stories in his life, which give very detailed descriptions. I will be writing about two of the contrasts, and I will also determine if his use of contrasts strengthen his narrative.

The first contrast I will be writing about was in Chapter 13 of the book. This particular life story is about Kourdakov and his men who were assigned to break up a group of believers(Christians), who were going to have a baptism for the new converts. Because Kourdakov and his men had plenty of time when they arrived at the location(a beautiful forestry area with a river), they had a picnic. The atmosphere was peaceful and pleasant. But this peacefulness did not last for long though. When the believers arrived at the location, Kourdakov and his men sprung into action and attacked and broke up those believers, changing the scene from peaceful to chaotic; with the woods being filled with screaming and shouting.

The second contrast and the last I will be writing about isn’t in an exact chapter but I believe it is a pretty important example. The leaders of the Soviet Union, at least in Kourdakov’s description of them, did not have faith in communism or what they pushed for whatsoever. For example when Kourdakov’s youth league(which he was the leader of), was singled out as the best in the area, he had to give a speech on it. During this he was able to speak with a communist leader named Orlov, who was very drunk. Orlov was rambling on how bad and terrible communism was, even saying that it was a curse! But the leaders of the believers or Christians on the other hand had full faith in what they were leading for, even when they were being persecuted severely for what they were doing and believing, they had full faith. The contrast in this is the fact that the leaders of the Soviet Union did not believe or fully believe in what they were pushing for or leading for, but the leaders of the believers believed fully in what they were leading towards, hence a contrast

But the most important question is; does Kourdakov’s use of contrasts strengthen his narrative? A complete yes! Kourdakov is a great writer, and so far his autobiography has been very interesting and entertaining to read(never a dull moment), and his use of contrasts helps him keep the autobiography entertaining while keeping the narrative strong, which is rare in other autobiographies. 

The Choices that led Kourdakov to Fail the Assignment

During the past two weeks I have been reading the autobiography: The Persecutor, by Sergei Kourdakov. Because this book is an autobiography it is about the author, Kourdakov’s life. Kourdakov grew up in Soviet Russia, he lost his parents early on in life and grew up in the State run, Children’s Home. He was able to become part of the communist youth league, which he eventually became the leader of. Thanks to him the youth league became the best at the time in Russia. Kourdakov at a really young age was ambitious and highly focused; at a certain point in his teens he made a choice to focus on communism or working for communism, instead of turning to crime. He also decides to join the navy, and gets accepted to the naval academy. At the naval academy he chooses radio because he has an interest in it. Again like at the Children’s Home Kourdakov rises up and becomes in charge of the other cadets in matters such as: punishment, promotion, depromotion, teaching communism, etc. But though he succeeded in this leadership position in the communist standpoint, I would consider that he failed this assignment, and here is why.

Kourdakov when he had this leadership role was highly effective and made sure that things were done, and that the other cadets were in order. But he was terribly harsh, and punished the cadets severely if they did something wrong, he also pressured them severely. A lot of these cadets could not handle the pressure and the punishments, and many quit or committed suicide. The academy and Kourdakov covered up these suicides by saying that these deaths were caused by other reasons such as falling while drunk(alcoholism was a problem in the navy at the time, and in Russia), to protect the academy’s reputation.

The reasons why I think Kourdakov failed this assignment? The first reason why I think he failed this assignment is the fact that he was not a good leader. He did get things done, and was able to “control” and severely “punish” the cadets, but he did not care or lead them about those cadets, whatsoever; which was not good leadership because to be a leader you have to consider the people you are leading, to listen to them, support them, help them, etc. But he just wanted to rise up. The second and final reason why I think that Kourdakov failed this assignment relates to the first reason. He wanted to rise up himself, no matter the cost. He also seeked power, and dominance. Which is one of the main reasons why he did not care for those cadets whatsoever and had no problem inflicting severe punishment, because as long as he rose up it was fine. Also him lying about the suicides further proves that he did not care for those cadets and just wanted to rise higher in rank, by saving his and the academy’s reputation.

In summary Kourdakov failed his leadership role or assignment because he was a poor leader, who used his leadership position for his personal gains, and he harshly punished the other cadets to the point that many quit or committed suicide. Also he used the position to rise up himself, not to lead and help the other cadets to rise up also.

The Major Turning Points in My Life

Throughout my life there have been quite a few turning points, things that have changed my life, either for the better or the worse. Most of these turning points were minor or small but I have experienced some major ones. The major turning points in my life in my opinion were moving to British Columbia in 2016, and the much more recent rapid and very dramatic change in the world due to Covid 19. But why were these events in my life major turning points? How did they take place? 

Moving to British Columbia

After living in the east and the midwest of Canada for a while, my parents decided it was time to go all the way west, to British Columbia, to have a change. I had actually already lived in British Columbia, but that was a while ago. Also my youngest sibling had never been to the province. Moving to British Columbia was a major turning point for me because I have lived there since that move. Even though to most people it is normal to live in a province or state for over a few years; but for me this was not normal, you see throughout my life before than I had moved a lot. My family and I usually lived in one place for eight months at max, until we moved again, to a new province. Every single year I moved an average of two to five times!

Moving a lot for me was challenging; it was hard to make friends in the new places I moved too because I barely had enough time to make those friends before I moved again. I did interact with people my age because my parents signed me up to quite a few fun activities(these included science camp, choir, musical theater, etc), where I socialized, but that was not the same as spending time with friends. But when I did move to British Columbia, I was able to make friends, and have long term interactions with people I knew over a span of time. Also staying in one province for a while had its benefits other than making long term friendships, such as having stability, getting a job(which would have been hard if I was still moving), and getting to know a place really well. The reason why this took place? Well my parents wanted to move to British Columbia, which I am forever grateful for.

Covid 19

Covid 19 in my opinion changed most people’s lives, at least for Canadians and Americans. But for me I would definitely have to add this as a major turning point because it changed my life so much. Before Covid 19 life was simpler, and “normal,” at least it seemed so. But in March lock down happened in Canada, and life for everyone changed drastically. During the two month( March to May), I didn’t see any of my friends, and was basically cut off from all social interaction. Though my school life hadn’t changed at all and I was still able to work, life for me during that time was incredibly lonely. I acknowledged that I was fortunate to be able to do school and work(many people were unable to at the time), and still do, but it was hard and challenging.

In May when things started to open up a little, I saw some of my friends for the first time in a while, but it still was weird. People were uneasy and paranoid, and things were uncertain. The summer got better, but it wasn’t the same. My mentality changed a lot during that time; I began to notice how “fear” had an effect on people, how it changed their lives; I also realized that I needed to be more focused than ever before to succeed, because who knows what will happen in the future. I became cynical. Now I am becoming more positive, and realizing that it is not healthy to look fully on the doom and gloom; and that life is full of hope, even though it looks hopeless. This is a major turning because it is still affecting my life today, and it is very real. Why did this take place? Well I believe I am not in the place to answer that but I will say that there are many answers to that, from many perspectives.

Conclusion 

My life is always changing, thanks to the turning points of life. The two major turning points that I have gone through are: moving to British Columbia, and Covid 19. These two events changed my life pretty drastically especially Covid 19. To conclude this I would have to say that no matter what happens in your life or in the world, having faith and hope is truly essential in overcoming and going through challenges.

A Bus of My Own

During the past few weeks of English I was assigned to read Jim Lehrer’s, A Bus of my Own; which is an autobiography about the author Jim Lehrer(obviously). While reading this book I realized that autobiographies did not have to be boring, dragging, or unexciting. This book itself is pretty entertaining and I have enjoyed reading it. Now that I have finished this book I will be writing about a one of the life stories in this autobiography, which I am calling here: “A Bus of My Own.”

The Story

One night Lehrer has a “conversation,” with The Voice of Buses Past. This “voice,” tells Lehrer that it is time for him to buy a bus, a real bus. Lehrer asked this “voice,” what kind of bus he should get, and the “voice” replied that he should buy a Flxible Clipper. This conversation goes on, and the end result is Lehrer deciding to buy a bus. After this, Lehrer starts hunting for the right bus; after some searching he gets into contact with a man who lived in Tennessee. Lehrer’s hope for a bus was a little dashed though, when he spoke with this man. The man said he had that type of bus but it was not in good condition anymore. Just when Lehrer was going to say good-bye, the man added that he had another bus, which was in good condition. Lehrer was intrigued, so he began asking questions. The bus was made in 1946, and could run. After some discussion and Lehrer looking at some pictures sent to him of the bus, he concluded that the bus was special. After some more negotiating he and the man made a deal.

 Lehrer then goes to Virginia, where he is picking up the bus; seeing it for the first time in real life. Lehrer has never driven a bus, but with a little guidance from the man Lehrer practices around the parking lot, getting the hang of it. After some trial and error Lehrer was finally ready to hit the road with the bus. While driving the bus on the road, Lehrer feels pretty nostalgic. But when he pulled over to get gas for the bus another mishap occurred. After filling up the bus, Lehrer tries to start it but it doesn’t start. Lehrer, annoyed and a little frustrated with the moment, concluded that he needed to find someone who was capable of fixing the bus. Thankfully he sees a truck repair shop where he meets two men help him out. After paying those men, before Lehrer knew it he was back on the road. After a few more hours of driving he reaches his house in West Virginia. Which is the end of the story of him buying a bus, and finally having a bus of his own.

 Conclusion

The reason why this story stood out to me the most was the fact that it was a little funny, especially the fact that Lehrer bought a whole bus! Most people would never do that. Another thing that stood out to me about this story was the way it felt nostalgic, and a little bit bittersweet; as if you were the author yourself. Because this story was recounted from my memory of the book, it is probably missing some bits and pieces, but hopefully it gets the point across. As for what I thought of the whole book? I thought it was pretty good, like I mentioned above. Lehrer is a pretty good storyteller and writer, and he keeps the book entertaining, while making it make sense. Also it is pretty impressive that Lehrer was able to remember so much about his life. So overall I liked this book a great deal, and had an enjoyable experience reading it.

Some of the Good Things That Came as a Result of Jim Lehrer’s Heart Attack

During the past two weeks I have been reading the autobiography: A Bus of My Own, by Jim Lehrer. Because this is an autobiography the book is about the author’s life, Jim Lehrer. One of the main moments that happens during Jim Lehrer’s life which is of course included in his autobiography, is him getting a heart attack, which nearly kills him. Even though this terrible thing happened to Lehrer, what were some of the good things that came as a result of this heart attack, to Lehrer?

In chapter nine of this autobiography Lehrer writes a list of goals that he wants to achieve; this is pretty soon after his heart attack. One of the main parts of this list is a section that he labeled “Healthy Things I will now do,” which contains the things he would change in his life that would make it healthier. Some of the “healthy things” that he includes are: he will never smoke again, never get angry, never eat pizza, never eat french fries, never eat hamburgers, he would exercise regularly, take a nap everyday, etc. This list and change in his overall eating habits, and overall health habits is a good thing that came out as a result of his heart-attack because, before his heart-attack his lifestyle and eating habits were far from healthy, and needed vast improvement for health sake. For imaginary sake just picture his old diet as a big pile of highly salty, greasy, faty, and sugary foods.

After this section of his list, Lehrer writes another section: this section of his list contains what he called, “ Major Priorities I Will Now Live Everyday in Everyway.” This section of the list contains only three words, yet these words are very important: “Love, Relax, and Write.” This list is important because it helped him have a less stressful and more enjoyable life, which in turn was one of the good things that came as a result of his heart-attack.

The final good thing that came as a result of Lehrer’s heart-attack I will be writing about relates to the first thing I wrote about, which is taking care of himself more. After Lehrer’s heart attack he began to care for himself more, which includes changing his diet, lifestyle, and mentality. After his heart-attack he became more conscious of his overall health, to prevent himself from getting another heart-attack, or any other life threatening health situation that is preventable.  

In conclusion the good things that came as a result of Lehrer’s heart attack are: changing his eating habits and lifestyle, having a more enjoyable and less stressful life, and caring for himself more overall. 

What are Three Stories in My Life that I Would Have to Include in My Autobiography?

Throughout my life there have been many events that have occurred, which you could consider miny stories of my life. But because of the requirement of this paper I must only write three stories of my life. These three stories are probably the most major things that have ever happened to me. (Note: these stories are not in particular order).

Driving Across Canada

I have moved a lot throughout my life. Recently my family found a location that was suitable to us, and we have been living in this place since. Back on topic, because I have moved a lot I have lived in all of the Canadian provinces except for New Brunswick, and I have visited every province. Though I have driven across Canada more than once, I only remember one of those intense trips vividly, which was the trip I did back in late 2018.

In late August 2018 my parents decided that they wanted to visit some family back east in Ontario(we were living in British Columbia), this was because we had not seen those family members for awhile, and because my parents did not know when we would be able to see those family members again. So we packed up our stuff in the car and went on the road. I wish it was just as simple as it sounded but it was not. 

The first day of driving we drove through British Columbia, to be exact, outside of Vancouver to a town past Calgary Alberta, which took a total of fifteen hours, including the drive breaks. Early the next morning my parents woke my siblings up and we started the drive. This time we drove from that town to Winnipeg, Manitoba, which was fourteen hours. The scenery at this point was flat, grey, and pretty boring, which made the drive feel like a million hours.

Like the day before we woke up early again, and started the drive, this time from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay Ontario. Which was a much shorter drive, around nine hours. At this point my parents, siblings, and I are exhausted and pretty over the drive but we keep pushing through. After sleeping in Thunder Bay we continue our drive, this time to Sault Ste Marie, where we stay overnight. Our last stop until we reach our destination. Again, early the next morning we pick up our drive, this time driving to a town a few hours away from Toronto. In other words, our destination!

After this drive and the drive back, my family has concluded that it is a much better idea to fly across Canada instead of driving across it, unless you like painful hours in a car. This type of trip is not for the faint of heart, but I recommend it to any intense traveler who wants to see a lotl of Canada.

Going to Provincials 

This event happened a little before my trip across Canada. During the summer of 2018, I did a competitive summer swimming program; the swim training was intense but also really fun. During the regional swim meet I happened to qualify for one-hundred meter breaststroke, and I was also an alternate for the fifty meter butterfly, which landed me in provincials. At provincials itself, it was like every other swim meet, except there were more people and the pool was a lot bigger. Also the meet itself was longer than the average swim meet, usually swim meets are two days long, but provincials are three days long.

My swim event was on the last day of the swim meet, so I just spent time with my team, and cheered my teammates on for the first two days. Also my siblings were swimming on those days. On the day I had to swim it was overwhelming, and a little nerve racking. The day I was swimming on was probably the busiest day, because it seemed like everyone had events on that day. But things became a lot less nerve racking when I actually swam. I placed 13th, and managed to get into B finals, which I swam. Overall the provincial experience was pretty enjoyable, but probably something I would not do again, or would be able to achieve otherwise.

My Visit to Anne of Green Gables House

When I was pretty young, around six or seven, my family and I lived in Prince Edward Island for a few months in a relatives cottage. During my short time in Prince Edward Island, my family and I did a lot of things related to Anne of Green Gables(I was obsessed with the book series at the time). We went to an Anne of Green Gables musical, drank raspberry cordial, and most importantly went to Anne of Green Gables house and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s childhood home.

One day my parents decided to take my siblings on a drive, and before I knew it we were pulling up to a very green and white house, that looked a lot like Green Gables. I was very happy, and so excited to go inside the house, and see how Anne would have lived. After, we visited Montgomery’s childhood home, which was conveniently in the same area. I wasn’t as excited to see Montgomery’s house, probably because I didn’t really know who she was, but it still was a lot of fun.

Conclusion 

These are three stories in my life that I would have to include in my autobiography.

Why Posting My Essays on My Own Blog Site Every Week Will Benefit Me in the Long Run?

I have been blogging for a year now, and I enjoy it greatly. I like it when people other than my family read my writing, either if it is any essay or a personal piece. I feel like I gain something from it. But why posting my essays on my blog every week will benefit me in the long run? 

Reason One:

Whenever I look through all of my essay blog posts, from a year ago to now, I see a pretty steady improvement in my writing. This is because blogging forces you to make sure that you write well, because a larger audience can read your essays; which in other words means that blogging has helped motivate me into becoming a better writer, than I was before, which gives me more opportunities when applying for universities, or a writing related job.

Reason Two:

Posting my essays on my blog is a way that proves that I am doing all my writing assignments, and that I am decent at writing. Say that my parents or someone else wants to see if I keep up with my assignments, and that  my writing ability is on the same level as my peers, they can just search up my blog, to find the needed proof. Also my blog can be used as proof to an employer who wants to see if I am qualified for the writing related job.

Reason Three:

The final reason why blogging will benefit me in the long run, is the fact that my blog is something that I can look back to; see how much I have progressed when it comes to writing. Also if nothing happens I may be able to use my blog as a memoir of my youth, which I can show to my children, if I do have children.

In conclusion this is why posting my essays on my blog every week will benefit me in the long run.

How Should the Church Members Try to Find out “What Would Jesus Do?”

In His Steps, by Charles Sheldon. Is a rather ridiculous Utopian novel, about a group of churchgoers who are challenged to get closer to Jesus, by asking the question, “what would Jesus do?” Before doing anything. Not all of these churchgoers accept or do this challenge but a relatively small group of these people go along and do this challenge. But how should these church members really had gone about finding out what Jesus would have done?

To begin with none of these people actually opened up a bible to figure out what Jesus would have actually done, instead they just “felt” that Jesus would have done the same. In other words they did not use the bible to back any of their decisions. So in conclusion these church members should have read the bible, to have “proof” that Jesus would do the same.

Which Aspect of the Plot so Far Sounds Most Implausible, in the Book: In His Steps?

In His Steps, by Charles Sheldon, is a book about a group of people who are challenged by their pastor Rev. Maxwell, to not do anything in their life before they ask themselves the line, “what would Jesus do?” I have been reading this book for a few weeks and there have been many moments of the book’s plot that are incredibly implausible, actually most of the book itself is quite implausible in my opinion. But the most implausible aspect of this novel in my opinion is when Rachel, one of the main character’s, who happens to be a very talented singer(who sings at the church), rejects the offer of having a life of singing, in other words rejecting the offer of doing something she loves and making a large fortune from it. Just because she believes that Jesus would not do that, even though the bible has no passages against making money or singing for money. Well before I get carried away, here is a deeper and more detailed reason why I think this aspect of the novel is the most implausible.

Well first of all from what I have read, I am pretty sure that the bible has nothing against making money like I mentioned above. But the character Rachel is guilt ridden on the fact that pursuing her dreams or making a comfortable fortune would be negative to society, which I personally believe is just foolish. If you have more money you can donate your money to charities or various other causes, which would bring a positive impact on society. 

Also Rachel doesn’t have any proof that Jesus would turn down an offer like that she has just received, she just feels he would, which isn’t anything to back up her decision, you can’t make big decisions like that based on feelings! You make decisions based on logic and actual proof that Jesus would do the same, in the case for Rachel.  

Another reason why this aspect of the novel’s plot is implausible is the fact that Rachel is paid by the church for her singing. Which means that if she had accepted that offer of having a life of singing she could have donated some of her money to the church, which would help the church’s cause, right? 

Conclusion

Rachel’s “feeling” based decision in rejecting the offer of having a life of singing, is probably the most implausible plot aspect of the novel: Looking Backward.