May 3rd, 2023
Creative Writing Final Portfolio
Taking a creative writing class has been an incredible learning experience that has allowed me to explore my creativity and grow as a writer. A big key is brainstorming. Brainstorming is a crucial part of the writing process. It helps me generate ideas and bring clarity to what I want to get through to my audience. Through the class, I learned how to effectively brainstorm and develop my ideas to create compelling pieces. Another key is feedback. Receiving feedback is an essential part of the writing process. Through the class, I learned how to give and receive feedback constructively, which has helped me improve my writing skills significantly. With …show more content…
I got the idea to write this poem as I was sitting in class just staring out a window. The rain was falling hard as it was early in the morning. But I happened to see two people walking to class late. They happened to look at each other for a moment. What I wrote was my idea of what went through their heads when they saw each other. With the feedback of my peers and professor I was able to accurately describe the scene that I saw and envisioned. So, the first set of revisions I made to the poem was from the girl’s perspective as the line is “I’m frigid, I’m sopping, I’m dismayed.” Previously the line was “I’m cold, I’m wet, I’m upset.” Changing the three basic words of before into the stronger words of the after allowed for the reader to understand the girl and her emotional state at this exact moment. Doing this allowed for imagery to be better displayed in this piece and be a strong concrete significant detail. The next revision I made was from the boy’s perspective. I added, …show more content…
The putting of the boy’s hoodie up is also mentioned towards the end of the girl’s perspective. The girl notices the boy’s hoodie up along with his symmetrical face. Doing this helps paint a better picture in the reader’s head of the boy from the girl’s perspective and helps imagery be shown from both perspectives. Imagery is then improved with the addition of these two lines as one can better understand the moment as one would know how a raindrop would feel when it hits your head. Finally, I added two closing lines for both perspectives. My peers suggested a happy ending and a strong closing to help enlighten the poem. I did this by adding “That is the boy of my dreams” and “Even in that look, she is still gorgeous.” The addition of these two lines helped bring warmth to a poem about the gloominess and despair of rain. The talking of rain throughout the poem makes the reader think that is all the poems will be about, but the last line in each perspective changes that. It brings hope, warmth, and curiosity. It drives the reader to want more and lets their creativity imagine what would happen between the two. So, imagery is much stronger with the revisions and helps the reader put themselves in the shoes of different
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In the end, your writing is what you make it. It is how much effort is put into it that makes it either outstanding or possible average. Therefore, in this class I hope to gain more knowledge and use of different literary devices, and see examples of them being used in books. As well as increase my vocabulary by reading different types of writing, and based on this, my writing skills will improve. Besides that, I want to be able to analyze important text critically and thoroughly.
Due to this, the audience will have a better understanding of the Kid's point of view thus, feeling as though the kid was not at fault for his situation. Because the story is told through the eyes of the Kid or first person point of view, the audience is able to directly make an emotional connection with the character. For instance, when the librarian asks about personal information from the Kid, the readers can sense his panic and tenseness through his speech as he frantically runs the other way until "he is back on his bike" (6) back to the Causeway. The readers do not know what might have caused the trigger, but it's clear through his actions that the Kid was uneasy about giving his name and
Gives the reader a clear visualization of the scenario. A reader can easily comprehend the situation here and that is partially because of imagery. The “springy young sapling” and “fastened his hunting knife” both show what is happening and puts a clear picture in the reader’s mind. Also, imagery builds tension through describing Zaroff to the readers. “the man was singularly handsome”(4) “he was a tall man, past middle age, for his hair was a vivid white”(4) “and his smile showed red lips and pointed teeth”(4)
In the poem, “A Story” by Li-Young Lee, a painful but loving relationship with a father and son. Lee uses foreshadowing and a tone shift and an alternating omniscient point of view to display this complex relationship. In the beginning, a father is with his young child who wants a story, but the father can't think of one. The point of view alternates between the father and child but is still third person omniscient. This particular point of view allows for the father to express his concerns about not being able to keep his son home due to running out of stories and eventually growing out of stories, “ soon, he thinks, the boy/will eventually give up on his father”(8-9).
This provides a sense of intimacy with the reader and emphasizes her
We get inside both characters’ heads and find out how they feel about each other without them even having to say it out loud. The reader is also able to get both characters’ opinions about the same thing that is going on during that section of
This poem reminded me of that person and how important they were to me. I feel that some poems should be able to do that, send you a message, remind you of aspects of yourself and things that have happened to you, and show you that you are not the only one to have experienced such things. I feel that poems should bring you back to that moment, even if unpleasant, so that you can see how far you have come from that time in your
It is a way to elaborate your main points and putting all the pieces from your free writing. Lamott states, “ The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later” (para 4). As Lamott said the first draft is like a child and as so, it goes thought many faces before becoming a mature. She believes that the first drafts, especially the bad ones are the key to start a piece that will
The use of third person point of view is able to show the conflicting feelings that both characters acquire. For example in the second paragraph the speaker said, “He sat in front of the fire and looked across at his father and wondered just how he was going to tell him. It was a very serious thing. Tomorrow for the first time in all their trips together he wanted to go
The weekly reading assignments were very helpful. Some of the topics were great refreshers of common mistakes made when writing; these knocked some of the cobwebs in my mind loose. The other topics with sample writings gave me an idea of what to do. The instructor feedback and the revision recommendations were probably the most helpful tools in my composition process.
Poetry Project Essay Throughout our lives, humans continuously find themselves in periods of time where life appears tough. Whether it is through a traumatic event, a hard medical diagnosis, or a depressing swing, we all seek to find tranquility in these rough patches. Many find a sense of peace in their surroundings specifically in nature. In Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón and Leila Chatti’s
Writing has always been an issue but yet interesting subject of mine. As hard as I try and write essays, and papers I just can’t get the hang of writing. But after taking this class, I did learn different writing technique and improved my writing proficiency, material body of formatting, and how to uncovering and properly use sources. Through class exams, essays, and a research paper, I was able to learn new writing skills. Although I have learned a variety of things, my writing still needs improvement.
My Writing Experience In previous courses, my writing skills have been mediocre or just enough to pass the class. Throughout the duration of this course, I have written a variety of papers using different techniques and skills. Previously I would write assuming that the only audience would be my instructor. This course has helped me realize that there are many steps and skills involved with writing a well-organized and easy to comprehend essay.