Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Last Entry?!

Journal 14-2

Ah, last entry of the semester eh? How sad. Looks like I'll be on my own from now on. Maybe I'll stick to the idea of writing...maybe I'll sneak into your folder next semester if you're doing this class again and have different topics to write on, haha. But anyway, me, as a little plant? Have my tiny leaves unfolded and soaked up more sunlight than they were before?

How have I grown... Well, I will say that this class has given me more fuel for my writing flame, which was more like a pile of glowing embers at the time. Over Christmas I plan to go through Book #1 and do some red-penning. I went back into Book #2 and came up with some alternate ideas. I've been reading more books and picking up more vocabulary, and though I often try to do the same thing every class, I purposely challenged myself with certain projects for the very purpose of improving my writing. To be honest, Project 3 is going to be a pain in the ass, but I'm fine with that. After all, it was my idea.

My reading has led me to new ideas and words, and though much of that isn't present in my projects, it is in my notebook. Mostly for description, but a bit in style too. Starting sentences in a few ways I haven't done before - which is more or less just breaking me out of habits I've grown into. But before I ramble, I'll move on to the actual projects.

The first project has yet to be fully culminated. I submitted it to my online workshop and have responses so the final draft will be up soon (I'm going to go through them today). I think the best way I've improved is by learning from mistakes - taking on writing projects that are challenging me and if I do something that doesn't work I have to find out a way to do it better. In Project 2 I've finally had the chance to find ways of making older poems better and worked with punctuation more. I'm still not the best when it comes to puncutation, but having been nudged to use it more, I've looked into its use. For project 3, well, to be honest I have yet to find out how that will be, but I'd like to think that the experimentation will challenge me to open up to a different style of writing entirely. Emulation of something rather old will be hard. I'll soon see how well I handle it.

It's been the little things that have given me growth. I'm still a little seedling, and for the most part, the same. No blooms yet - just a little green shoot drinking in all I can, hoping that one day I'll have enough nourishment to show just how beautiful I am.

Currently: Hiding Inside Someone's Beautiful Dream

1 comment:

Stacey said...

Dude, re-read your blog. "More fuel to the my writing flame"...? I guess this class didn't exactly help you on your grammar.

Muwahaha. I kick ass.