When it comes to writing, tone is important to me. It says a lot about what I try to convey and because of the type of texts I’ve written in the past, I’ve aimed for an academic tone. So, when given the chance to retell a popular story creatively, I came up with an idea and ran with it.
I based my annotated story on Little Red Riding Hood. After a considerable amount of research, I decided on the path my story would take — a twisted family tale. I enjoyed having so much room to work with and so I decided to use a creative, non-academic tone with much of my writing for the project. It was fun and quite liberating. Through the project, I had many ideas flowing because I didn’t feel so restricted. I met the length requirements without feeling very stressed about it.
Unfortunately, I had the tendency to overdo this newfound freedom. For my annotations, I think I failed to isolate the creative and academic aspects of the project. Explaining my research should have had a serious tone. Instead, it came across as somewhat of an informal rambling/brainstorming on paper. I could have worked on narrowing my ideas down; maybe doing so would have made my project more solid and coherent.
The audience had an impact on the choices I made, too. When I wrote the story, I knew that my main readers would be my peers and teacher. Knowing that fact made me feel more comfortable with doing something differently. Had it been the general public/UAF, I would have probably thought more about writing with an academic tone. This is why my contribution to the museum project had a more “serious” quality about it than the annotated story. I knew that I would have a wider audience.
With all this in mind, I now know one more point to work on with my writing. Besides our class projects, writing blog posts have helped me explore different options. In my opinion, there should be a balance between the creative and academic aspects; there’s a time and place for one or the other. Hopefully, I won’t stop searching for that balance myself.