I have felt a range of emotions about this class this week. On Monday I was excited to choose a new book. Creative writing went very well. I’m happy with what I wrote, and that doesn’t happen very often. The more negative feelings pertained mostly to the Elements of Fiction project. It’s not that I didn’t like it, because I actually find it kind of interesting, I just wasn’t exactly sure what we were supposed to be doing. After we talked in class, I felt I had a lot more direction and was able to effectively begin our presentation. So far it’s coming along pretty well. It really helped once we discussed answering the “So what?” question.
The concept of using the question “So what?” in writing and other English related things is something I hadn’t heard of until this year. It’s really very helpful. It guarantees that your audience will at least be able to better understand what they are reading, regardless of whether or not they find it interesting or important. This blog post that I found does an exceptional job of explaining it. Better than I am currently able to at least. The author gives three alternate ways of asking the question, which allows for deeper insight into the meaning. It’s beneficial because not everyone interprets things in the same way.
Overall I felt like the end of this week was much more productive for me than the beginning. Erica and I didn’t get a whole lot done until Thursday and Friday actually. It wasn’t that we had no idea what was going on, we just didn’t want to start something and have it be wrong. We’re working at a good pace now, and it shouldn’t take us too much longer to finish it.