Reflection

I believe that my biggest decision in writing for this class is actually the way I write. I’ve been told in other classes that my writing style is very fluid and conversation like. This has allowed my writings to be simple to read for classes such as that needed for English. But, extraordinarily difficult for my technical writing intensive classes such as engineering lab write ups. That is why when I started doing my analysis and research for this class I wanted to do a hybrid writing style.

Originally I was looking to improve my technical writing skills when I started this class. But upon hours of reading and research academic articles filled with monotonous text and laboring over the meaning of dry and dull sentences I realized that people don’t like to read this. At least no normal person unless they like eating tree bark; and so I started writing with a little bit of both. Just enough for the people to get cold concise and credible information but in a way that allowed them to understand it without referencing the Rosetta Stone.

After receiving comments from my piers I think that my gamble payed off. What I received was mostly acceptance and likability. That is one of the main reasons I kept with this going into the final project. Because I feel that most people going to the university want to be engaged and really get into what they are reading. And so having the factual and concise information mixed in with my easy going explanations really put into context what my project was intended to be.

Lastly I feel since I was doing this assignment for a more social setting I was successful. However, if this was going to be for anything academic then I would be better suited to separate my commentary from the text and have it as a side note. This being said during my first project I did meddle in this with my story. Having completely written it out first I did end essay annotations. Although the annotations weren’t written in a true academic format I feel that if I had done some tampering I could have made it more refined.

Overall I think this class helped me as a whole with becoming a better writer. The involvement of everyone in the class and the comments that showed thorough effort to analyze our work really gave weight to what each one of us was doing. To note alongside that is the fact that our work actually meant something. What I mean is with our projects being posted in the library people will be able to see this and learn something from it. It won’t just go in the trash as a “grade” and that is what really stood out from me in this class.

Reflections

3a367d1a34e9c7d03db4785b82b6bfcfI think that one choice I made was my tone of voice. I decided to write in a “blogger-ly” fashion. There were plenty of times that what I wrote could’ve been written in a more academic tone, but considering the public audience, I decided to veer away from that. I also did not want to write too personally, since many readers are people I don’t know and have no personal connection with. My goal was to find a happy medium. I think this was best exemplified in my final coffee post. Although I went into some great detail, especially discussing business sizes, I tried to make it easy to read.

I also tried to find new ways of looking at familiar things. This can be seen in both the Northern Lights (for Alaskans) and coffee. Based on the comments and feedback that I have gotten, this was successful. I think my audience really appreciated this approach to my blog posts.

My final goal was to incorporate more images in my blogging. I always appreciate blogs that take advantage of the media because it helps with the setting of the writing, but always found mine lacking. I think I stretched myself this semester and found plenty of imagines that people enjoyed seeing.

6 Reflection

In my combination of the three stories regarding the use of Bow-and-Arrows in the terms of fiction and justice, I let subtle associations slip through requiring the reader to think critically about all four stories together to fully understand. This could have hurt the communication of associations, but overall I believe the targeted audience would mostly make the connections. My favorite connection I made was that of helping those in need, I’m my story, Gaillus helped a young girl in the woods, by fending off her attacker. Later near the end of his life, She granted him the thanks he was never recognized for in the past, by naming her child after him. This shows, that in time, the good we do will be recognized in time. Maybe not with grand things such as parades or feasts, but something as humble and honorable as having a child named after you, by someone who knows all the good that was done. I believe that it also may have been difficult for a more modern focused audience to see the importance behind having a child named after you. In the time of swords, and shields the naming of a child was just as honorable as being knighted by the queen. While this didn’t have the rights to land and slaves/servants. It was quite honorable for one to offer this to you. Most people focused on today would not understand this importance, thus this was a low point in this decision.

Self Reflection

In terms of my actual writing itself I can’t really say my style or voice has changed much. However one major thing that I did come to realize over the course of this class was that it is infinitely easier to write up an essay or paper if I look up the information myself. In the past when I wrote for my class I would be given the sources I needed to use and my only significant input was how I chose to interpret it. Having to look up my own sources and determine their validity helped me gain a deeper understanding of how to write an accurate paper, and how to judge the accuracy of something I’m reading.

Beyond that I also realized that having people I can “bounce” off of helps me focus my thoughts. In our final group project I would tell my group members what I was planning to write and they’d give me feedback that helped me fine tune.

Overall I can say that I’ve grown as a writer (at least in an academic sense) and will be able to ensure a proper tone and focus in my future writing.

Blog Post 6

one of the choices I made was with doing the comic for my portion of the group project about whales.  some of the consequences of the choice of doing the comic may be that it may not be as easy to read to some or may not be as interesting  to look at.  this choice could have been affected by a different audience by, that i had chosen an easy to understand and read comic so everyone of all ages can understand, one way that it could have been affected is that if it was focused towards an older audience they may have found it to be to demeaning or belittling them, as if they could not understand a larger vocabulary.  but overall i was happy with the product of my portion of the project (along with the whole project i was happy with) i was happy with the word choice i used, i would rather use a word choice that everyone of all ages can understand rather than one that only certain age groups will know.

Reflection – Media and Storytelling

Using new methods of writing certainly created a different final product than I’ve ever made before. I’ve done a lot of writing in my life so far, but all of it was either for academic purposes, or for novels that I work on in my free time. I’ve never really had the chance to add hyperlinks, footnotes, annotations, and even pictures into the mix, so this semester was definitely an exploration of different ways of writing than I’m used to.

Often with my writing, I’m the one who’s adding details into a story or topic through verbiage and rhetorical devices, so it wasn’t all that odd to do a retelling of a collective story for our first big assignment. Having to do it in so few of words was a challenge, as I’m an author that likes spending time to work over scenes, but that wasn’t anything compared to using annotations. Having to explain what I’ve written in a story was certainly interesting, and often I found myself struggling to find references to outside factors when it came to The Hero’s Journey and classic epics.

Rewriting a story to encompass every aspect of a collective story was a fun exercise in meaning and symbolism, but explaining those aspect was difficult. Footnotes, short little tidbits of information at the bottom of a page, became awkwardly formal compared to the silly little story I wrote, but apparently it worked fairly well. You never really know what works until you try it and put it in front of an audience, of course, which was another crucial lesson I learned in this class, and not just when it comes to footnotes.

Using pictures and comics to accurately convey a message of a piece I’d written was fresh air compared to writing blocks of text. At first, I doubted that a comic would fit well into an academic writing course, but as the semester went on, I realized that collective stories are all about the evolution of storytelling and the media used in such stories. How better to convey the evolution of media than through something that isn’t technically literature? It also helps to connect to an audience that is more commonly wrapped up in television and more visual forms of media today, such as teens and young adults.

Although it can alienate more traditional audiences that prefer reading, I found that the visual style of storytelling fit well within our classroom of mostly young adults, and the crowd that may commonly visit a museum (where everything is essentially visual media; exhibits). If I were to do the same assignment from scratch for a more academic, professional audience, I would definitely have to make sure visual media was acceptable for the venue provided, and that it fit the theme of the assignment. Comics and pictures certainly don’t fit into every subject, but definitely add a new perspective.

When it comes to new forms of writing, I’ve learned that it’s important to know your audience and what they will find interesting or acceptable for an assignment or piece of writing. Not all audiences will be so accepting of every type of annotation, be it in footnotes or in pictures, and not all assignments work like the ones we’ve done in class this semester. Even so, I’m thankful for the chance to try out new forms of media, and will certainly try to implement them into future works when applicable.

Reflection

The main choice I made in this class was to stick with the scary topic. I made this decision simply because people do not always like to look at the scary, yet I do. I find that the scary is often forgotten and even ignored when in reality, it should not be. I think this decision was good and bad. I was able to write a “scary” story and by receiving feedback on it; I learned that I am not all that good at writing scary stories. If I were to have taken a different path and write something that was good with no bad intentions, it may have turned out better. I will never know though, because I did not take that path. Yet, everyone is their own worst critic. If I were to have created a story that was all flowers and roses like the princess stories, I could have possibly made more connections with people. This would have changed the audience that was reading the story and the public project. People who are interested in the scary and sad stories, stop to read it while people who are not, continue walking till something happy comes along. The audience completely changes if I change the baseline of the story, that I created.

Every decision I made in this class had feedback which helped me stick with the decision I made originally. I enjoyed that we were able to make our own decisions and be guided by the feedback given by fellow students and our teacher.

This class did not just help me look at all the possible outcomes, but it helped my writing. I have learned how to make better connections among stories and even how to create new connections among several stories allowing for better connections with the audience. I have greatly enjoyed this class and even towards the end, I began to come out of my shell.

Reflection

I definitely felt that in this class I dramatically changed my writing style. I don’t know if in part due to workload in this class and others or whether it was out of not knowing what I was going to do as the final project. I ended up working in steps when normally I would work all at once and just get it done, usually in a time crunch. Instead of crunching all of the project into one I broke it up into different “mini projects”. To me working in steps ended up being less frustrating for me at times. I could focus on the one “mini project” of the writing and not worry about an impending doom. It made my aim more directed. I could really care about one part (the story) of the writing and leave the rest (annotations) to worry about for another time. In a way I feel like that it made the class more enjoyable for me.

Something that was difficult for me was knowing what type of a tone to use. I personally feel that reading creative writing is more engaging but that is my own opinion so I tried to use an academic tone. Using an academic tone when required proved difficult for me because I am one of those writers that can suffer from extreme writers block some days.

Something I felt that I struggle with is working in a group, with all of the group work in this class I got to the point that I didn’t dread group work quite so much. I liked how I got to work on the same project as a group of people but also be doing so on one focused aspect.

Reflection

For this class, I chose to write with an academic tone. I feel that if my writing had been directed at my friends, the tone would have been more relatable and even persuasive because if the writing would have felt personal and unpretentious and the reader would be more likely to take it seriously and be open minded towards it. In this class, all my topics ended up being almost entirely fact based, which made for less interesting final projects that didn’t allow me to look into different perspectives of the topic, including my own. I think that if I were able to add my voice to the project, it would have added a lot to the writing. I am still figuring our how to do that while retaining a professional tone though.

This class also made me realize that I need to enter a project with a topic I’m really interested in before I begin writing. In the future I need to make sure I know where I’m going with that topic, that I have enough information available to really explore it, and that I actually care about my subject. In similar future assignments, I think it would be best for me to choose a topic that I can take a stance on, therefore my passion and emotion about the issue would come through to the readers and balance the factual side of the paper. I also feel that if I do have biases about a subject I’m writing about, as long as the opinionated side of it is clear and doesn’t bleed into the research section, and that I am straight forward about what my opinions are and why I feel that way, the readers are more likely to trust the writing and take it seriously. I think that this kind of writing would have also made me feel more invested in the project. 

Reflections of a Weary Soul

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.