Reflection on Creative Writing Class

25 05 2010

I really enjoyed my Creative Writing 1 class. I had no idea what to expect when I first started, but I’m really glad I’ve taken it, because I’ve learned a lot. Mostly I’ve learned an over-view of the most common forms of writing.

I learned a new appreciation for Poetry. I used to hate to read and write poetry, but as I studied it’s forms more, I learned to love it. I’m really glad, because now I can write poetry more easily.

My favorite part of Creative Writing was sharing my writing with my friends. We would laugh at each other and make fun of each other’s spelling. Loads of fun! If I had room in my schedule, I would take Creative Writing 2, but there are other classes I have to take next year so oh well.


Non-Fiction Reflection

21 05 2010

I really enjoyed the Newspaper genre in Creative Writing 1. I enjoyed making up stuff to write as “news” for my own newspaper. I chose to do a pirate theme for my newspaper, so of course I had to include pirate slang. It was really fun to try and write like a pirate would write or talk. While all of the information was completely made up and fake, I tried to make it believable like a real newspaper. I don’t think it actually turned out very convincing, but I enjoyed it, and that’s what matters.

                I really enjoyed looking for pirate pictures online for my magazine. I liked formatting them to make it look like a real newspaper. I’m glad that we made a simple format with the pica paper before we started writing our articles, because it helped me plan out what I wanted to do and where I should put the articles I wrote once I had finished everything.

                I think the most interesting part of this section was learning that the obituaries were what people read the most. I think that is so funny! “Well, let’s see if I know anyone who died this week.”

Memoir Reflection

21 05 2010

I have enjoyed writing a little memoir of my own. I liked looking back at some of my childhood and thinking back on fun memories. I did an assignment a little like this in my ninth grade Computer Tech class, but I still had fun doing it, because I took a different spin on this assignment than I had on my previous one.

            One thing I didn’t like about the memoir unit in class, is that we didn’t learn about different types and ways of doing a memoir. I would like to know how others have done memoirs. What are some good memoirs to read? Are there memoirs for people’s career, family, education? These are things I wish we had learned more about in class. I feel like haven’t learned anything I didn’t know before we started studying memoirs.

            When writing my memoir, I enjoyed just writing everything that happened and how I felt. I hope I did it right, I’m not too sure. All I did was think of a memory and write everything I could about how I felt and all I did at the time. It was fun to think back on my childhood and laugh a little. I was a funny little nugget.

            One problem I didn’t like about memoirs, is that sometimes I couldn’t think of anything to write. This really frustrated me, because it’s my life and I should be able to write forever on it, but for some reason a lot of stuff felt really unimportant.  That is probably because it was, but it was still frustrating to me.

Reflection on Poetry

21 05 2010

I’ve never really had deep feelings toward poetry in general. It sat there, and I sat there looking at it. I didn’t really care. But as I’ve started trying to write my own poetry, I’ve noticed a new appreciation for those who write good poetry. I like to read it and understand its meanings, but I still am not that great of a writer.

 I like to write haikus. They are easy and it’s fun to try and count syllables. It takes me back to days in elementary school, when I would count syllables for homework…ah, the good old days. I think I like haikus the most, because they are short, or can be short at times. It’s simple, and easy, but they can also hold a lot of meaning and description to draw a picture.

I really enjoy reading free verse, but I hate writing free verse. I feel lost when I try to write free verse. I prefer to have a set amount of lines, syllables, or adjectives. Without rules to follow I’m not sure exactly what to write about and I don’t like feeling unsure about myself and my writing. Maybe I enjoy reading free verse so much because I can’t do it myself. I respect the authors more because I feel like they understand something I’ve missed. The authors seem to enjoy a sense of freedom in free verse that I enjoy.

The one thing about poetry that I don’t like is that when reading it, sometimes I have absolutely no idea what the author is talking about. Maybe they are just being abstract, but I don’t like to just read random words that don’t seem to mean anything when put together. Emily Dickenson is probably my least favorite writer of poetry. I know she is supposedly a master, but I don’t relish in her writing. That probably makes me swine for saying that, but oh well, I’ll just stick with Shel Silverstein.

Reflection on Gothic Horror Fiction and Short Story

19 05 2010

I have really enjoyed studying short stories. Sof of the movies we watched in class, I had read before in Ehglish classes. I enjoyed watching the movies to get a better visual and understanding of the stories.

My new favorite short story author is Edgar Allen Poe. His stories are so different than anything else I’ve read. I enjoy the way he writes; it’s fun for me to read and follow the story.

What I like most about reading short stories is the fact that so much is packed into so a little “snapshot.” They aren’t huge novels with lots of side stories, but instead they acomplish the main story in less than 10,00 words. It’s simple, and I like that.

The thing I don’t like about short stories is that sometimes I think they are too short and simple. I don’t like how sometimes the story is too short to have a great plot.