- DIVER: Echo Yu
- NATIVE COUNTRY: China
- CATEGORY: Artist
- DIVE: Writer (Other)
- LEVEL: 1
- REQUIREMENTS: Has written something that doesn’t fit into the other categories
What’s the project, and why did you decide to write it?
After joined Break Diving, I started to write some articles and travel notes. I discovered that I like sharing my thoughts and sharing parts of my life with others. That’s really the only reason why I want to write! It makes me happy.
How long did it take for you to accomplish this dive from the day you decided to pursue it, and why did it take that long?
I believe it took me about two months. I just start writing down thoughts whenever I have some inspiration. And now I’ve written 4 articles! So it didn’t take me long to do it once I had a goal to write. I guess it took me this long because I didn’t have the encouragement or inspiration to write before, and now I do.
What do you think is the hardest & easiest part about this dive and level?
The hardest part about writing is that you need to keep editing your articles again and again to make it more attractive for the reader. Monroe [editor] asked me to revise the articles until they were ready. However, the greatest thing is you will totally enjoy the time when you writing, and when it’s finally published for the world to see, all the editing becomes worth it.
What is your advice for someone who is pursuing this dive and level?
Write down the words when you have the feeling even though a few sentences. The subjects sparking in your mind are important.
How did you prove you met the requirements for this level?
I think the article I wrote to be posted on Break Diving blog can prove that:
Spring Festival is a special Chinese festival when everyone in China (and in places around the world) take a long holiday.
Both children and adults like Spring Festival. Why? The children like it because they don’t need to go to school. What’s more, children often receive money from their older family members in red envelopes. These gifts of money are called Hong Bao in Chinese, which means, Red Envelope!
Parents enjoy Spring Festival too, because families get together to share New Year’s Dinner together. During the holiday, people in North China usually eat dumplings while Southern Chinese usually eat Tangyuan.
There is an interesting story about Spring Festival I’d like to share. Years ago, there was a beast named “Nian” that was said to be cruel. Every year, he would eat many people and animals. So people joined forces to kill Nian.
Well, after a hard fight, the people won!
And ever since, we commemorate this day every year during Spring Festival.
Tell us the story of how you wrote it. (At least 5 paragraphs)
In fact, I am not very good at writing. But I do know that I like writing. At the beginning, I simply recorded my thoughts and thought about what to write. It was very simple.
I always just write down my ideas when they come to me. That’s important. You only need a mobile phone or a pen and a piece of paper. However, I highly recommend that you use your voice to record your thoughts. Many times your thoughts are fleeting, very difficult to grasp. If you use typing records, it is easy to forget what your inspiration is when you think how to write. Voice recording can avoid these troubles. You just need to quickly say what you think of. This is a very efficient way to remember your ideas. Of course, you also need to convert the voice into text, but there is so many software available for converting the text, so you don’t need to transcribe the record yourself.
Then, once you have an idea, the idea is to expand the idea. I really like the mind map. Mind maps can help you make a really great brainstorming session come to life, helping you spread ideas, and the original inspiration will become a three-dimensional topic, and then the topic will turn into a completely logical outline. This process is very interesting, and completing this process means that your article structure has taken shape.
The last step is to constantly review your article as you are writing it. In brief, try to find every mistake. Be very picky. Check every detail from grammar and wording to punctuation. Everything needs to be carefully checked. Of course, if you can find an expert to help you modify the article, like Monroe does with my writing for Break Diving, that is the best way to finish up!
Will you be pursuing the next level? If so, what is the next level, and what is your plan? If not, why not?
Of course I will And since I have publicly released some of my writing, I believe I already qualify. I want to get more advice from professional writers as I proceed.
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Echo Yu is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: ARTIST – WRITER (Other) – LEVEL 1. Congratulations Echo! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
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