Part A: You, the Writer
I feel like I write from the heart. I try not to use large words and a broad vocabulary because it distracts the simplest form of what I’m trying to say or show. Stylistically I like writing stories and description. I try to delve into details, but I find it hard to write uniquely and more off the grid. My brain automatically chooses the typical story and I try to work with it as best I can. I honestly don’t know how to improve much more from my present. I can write decently, but finding the twist on a topic or prompt stresses me to hell. My voice I suppose can be anything I’m trying to portray, whether it be sad or happy. Literally I just write to write. I don’t know how I write it just comes out; then I edit mistakes and leave it at that. I prefer to write a story read it over a few times and see where it gets me. I don’t know how to do better. I just do, what I believe I am supposed to do. Mustering up some sort of paper trying to leave a deeper meaning up to the reader. It’s funny that I struggle to find creativity with the writing, yet I find some sort of creativity in art easier.
Part B: You, the Blogger
Art is basically my blog, I mean the whole background picture is ink flowing in water. You can’t get more art-y than that. I also try to choose pictures for my blog that are crisp, detailed, fit with the piece and are either art or nature. I feel like my blog represents me more than the content in it. I write the pieces, but I feel like they are the typical, average voice. I can’t tell what differs my writing from others, except the fact that theirs always turns out better than mine. It’s simple, I love the blog, not the writing. After this creative writing course, I now know how to actually use the systems within it and add things on to my posts. When this semester closes I will probably keep my blogs until the end of the year. Just in case I need to blog more for other courses. Nonetheless, I will probably delete it when I have graduated. I feel like after high school I need a clean, fresh start. No strings attached. The only other blog I will follow obviously is Matt’s, unless he decides to delete his too.
Part C: You, the Student
Writing on the blog has been going smoothly after the first month of school. All thanks to Mrs. Hunnisett for teaching us how to post properly. I also like her style of teaching and how laid back everything is. I enjoyed being able to go for walks when it was nice and warm out; not blizzard snow. It was a great way to start the course and keep me relaxed. Writing in my notebook was also memorable, but I’m not much into sharing my writing. At all. I don’t mind giving it to teachers because they are the best judge. When I write in the lab I also feel awkward if people look at my writing, therefore, I prefer to work at home. Seminars were great to kick back and have classmates teach you about their writer. Not as much fun doing it myself though… As a reader I believe I have improved. I read a whole book! Which is actually a major accomplishment for me. It was nice to be able to read something I actually wanted to read. I plan to read “The Clan of the Cave Bear,” which I’m already part way through. The next book, I have no idea. I have accomplished quite a bit as a writer as well; as far as content that is. Writing a lot has been great, but I have not seemed to move anywhere based on quality or voice. Still the same old me, just with more pieces written. I plan to continue writing poems for myself and essays required in L.A. class next semester.
Part D: You, the Critic of Your Work
Looking back at my pieces of writing is hilarious to put it lightly. Half the time I wonder what the heck I was thinking. Anyways, one of my favorite pieces of writing to complete was my very first post, named appropriately, “Those 6-Word Short Stories.” The title is intended to be sarcastic about how our whole class had to try this short story making method out. From drivers and teacups, to mothers and troubles, there are plenty of stories out there, just epitomize. The purpose of the short stories was to use idioms, incorporate some rhyming and a dash of amusement. My audience was to those who have heard these idioms before, as well as those who can relate to the situations I tried to depict in six words. What inspired me was one of the exemplars shown on the day the exercise was introduced, which also happened to use an idiom. The style is basically the purpose of this piece. I also have different stories connecting to one another but creating different situations. For example, stories 1 & 2 are linked by drivers, 3 & 4 by teacups, 5 & 6 by mothers. The challenge I faced was obviously keeping the stories within the six word parameter. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. were really easy because each story is literally only one sentence. I think I could’ve made more, but I believe at the time I was rather busy. I am content with these and glad that this post was not as dark as my others. These are also a great way to create a thesis and therefore have made creating one less stressful in my opinion.
Continuing on with short stories, “A Honey’s Journey” was another cute one of mine. As the title partially explains the story is about honey, but it is not only a short story, it is also a metaphor for a character’s personality. Honey forms from a bee and its honeycomb, only to be eaten atop a piece of bread. Honey is meant to bring sweetness to the world, just like some people are meant to, disposition dependent of course. The purpose of this story was designed to be a short and loving summary of a honey’s life from nectar to toast, to sink or stomach and back again up the roots of its origins. The delicacy of honey makes people feel good with its creamy sweetness. This can be a character’s personality as well; which character I have yet to decide. My audience for this story is anyone really unless they get bored with wordy description. The inspiration for this short story was Mrs. Hunnisett and also honey in general because it tastes so good! The style choices are deep description and chronological order. A bit of rhyming also took place in this piece such as, “…make bread sweet; make hearts beat.” The whole story itself displays order from the start of honey to the end. I tried to create a slight personification of the honey in presenting the beginning as a baby’s would be. I chose the place the idea of a stork carrying as a bee carrying the elements of honey; “…carried off in a bundle of leg fuzz.” In the process of writing I did not achieve any epiphanies just a nice, delicate story.
My most recent short story is “I’m A Little Mug; Chipped & Cracked.” This one is extremely similar to my honey story, but is actually an emulation from “There Will Come Soft Rains,” by Ray Bradbury. A mug goes through many unfortunate events with abusive kitchen-mate relationships, when finally it breaks. The purpose of this piece is to try to shed light on the trials and tribulations of an average mug. It is intended to be a story of tragedy, yet ironic because it is about a mug which has no feelings. My audience for this piece is someone who likes a twist on everyday events or someone who is a fan of Ray Bradbury and his story. Kudos to Spencer and his presentation on Ray Bradbury. If we hadn’t practiced the emulation in class this post would have never been created. This poem is meant to personify all characters within it because they are all kitchen items. For example: tea, kettle and mug. Again, this story is supposed to have descriptive detail of the situations to form imagery for the reader. In order to make this story long enough I had to add new characters and incorporate them to make them work with the plot. Overall I think this short story turned out okay, though it is a little sadder than my honey one.
The last work of mine is my spoken word poem, “Swallowed Hole.” The importance of the title is to hint at our society’s consumerism. After reading the poem it is apparent that the earth is really the one being “swallowed hole.” When we are the ones who caused the destruction we pretend we didn’t know the whole time. The point I was trying to get across in this poem is that we should step up and stop ignoring the desolation that our planet finds itself in. Instead we should make ethical choices, before it’s too late. My audience; everyone. I’ll be honest that I used to be that person who ate what they wanted, bought what they wanted and never really looked at the facts. Now I am completely changed after all of the stories of destruction, modified food and cruelty towards animals as well as people. The world is not doing its best to fix things. The irony of it is that it will come back to hurt us, yet we choose to do nothing. In this poem I tried my best to get the point across in a short, abrupt manner. It is not your typical poem in that it does not rhyme. Then again it is spoken word and this is just how it came from my head. I styled it so it was short and choppy. I attempted to leave the most important words at the end of each line so it would be emphasized with a pause afterwards. As an example, “No one feels — the urge to heal, — nor kneel — and thank nature for what it has given us. — These actions will be lasting impressions — in your heart.” This poem is simply what came from my thoughts and feelings on the topic I chose. I decided to do environmental change because I didn’t want to present something negative about school. This idea just happened to be the next best choice because I’m passionate about the issue. I’m alright with this piece and think it gets the concept across.
Part E: You, the Fan
Getting to learn about other authors has been an eye-opening experience. Learning about the way the author wrote stuck with me more than anything else. Doing emulations seemed to help get a flow of ideas down on the page and was good practice. It is also during these seminars when you realize which author and books you want to read and whether or not they fit your style. I believe it has changed my writing slightly, in that I write with better detail and more of it. I chose to write this final piece as straight from the heart as possible and exactly what I think when I read the prompts. Whatever springs to mind really. I and Matt’s writer was Ernest Hemingway. We chose to do Hemingway because we thought he was an interesting writer. For me when I think of a writer I think of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Allen Poe. It wasn’t until after our research that we realized he was more than just a writer; he was “the man.” Ernest tends to write novels relating to his previous or present life situations, such as bullfighting, marlin fishing and war. We learned from Hemingway to write a story as straight-forward as possible with no extra fluff. I try to write in this way, but I also like to give detail. He has also taught us to create unity in our writing by correcting as we go along. Then when we go back to it the next day we read it over and correct again. This way we know if it has solidarity by seeing it with fresh eyes. I did the same with my emulation from “Advice to a Son,” by him. I feel inspired again now by J.R.R. Tolkien for his great description, easy readability and fantasy. I have always liked the Lord of the Rings movies, but I’ve actually never gotten around to reading the books. I will most likely read them later in life because they are so long; for me anyways. I would like to read one of his shorter works though. Preferably one that isn’t a movie; I always want to watch the movie then. I learned that he was friends with C.S. Lewis which may have inspired his fiction writing. Using one of his poems as an emulation really displays his use of simple words in a unique style. He also invented his characters fantasy languages all on his own, which I find extremely fascinating. I intend to read his novel “Roverandom.”
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