The most memorable decision that I made when it comes to writing this semester, was to become looser in the formats in the writing assignments that I worked on.
I should note before I go any further that being looser doesn’t mean thinking about the assignment less or even just not think much about it. What I mean is that when I write something I have a tendency to have my first draft be my final draft. By the time the first critique comes around I’ve already revised my essay enough times and all there is left is the technical editing that I missed. This semester I did this significantly less if that when it came to the major assignments.
This partially could be because of my time crunch when it came to other classes. Usually with classes I have around one or two that focus on writing. so I tend work on one assignment at a time (for literature), this semester I had a few more than that working against me. But even so that was a relatively small influence in reference on why I made my decisions.
I believe that the real reason that I kept my writing format much looser was because I wasn’t sure what the final format would be. In this semester we worked on essays with idea in mind that we would be using different forms of annotations to show our information. Weather hyperlinks, text boxes, or seemingly random paragraphs at the bottom of the page a person had to be prepared (in my opinion) to make the essays so that they would be easily moldable (cut and pasted) to what the author wanted end result to look like, even though they might not know what it would be at the time.
So what were the affects? Well for one thing it made it easier for me to be for flexible with my writing. For example, with our first big project that we did this semester we had to write our version of a somewhat well-known story and then make note of our decisions in an eye pleasing fashion. For me Even though I stuck with more of an essay style format I played around and tried different annotations in my story (little Red Riding Hood). Because I wasn’t sure how I was going to format it I wrote the information in a way that could be easily understood in any format of annotation that I could choose. This may not seem like much but this is coming from a guy who mostly writes essays in the three step format “I’m going to tell you about information, I’m telling you about the information, and then I’m telling you that I told you about the information”.
My decision to stay loose and simple happened early on and helped me through most of the projects I worked on (even the blog posts). This is something that I should probably have been doing more of and hopefully I will continue to do more of it.