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Sunday, October 17, 2004

self-comments on week seven

I don't know about the theme piece for week seven. I know we were meant to go from small to large, but I wonder if I kept trying to shrink it downwards again through the whole piece? Is this along the lines of what you meant by expand? I would be happy to give it another go if it's majorly off.

Also, one of my prompt pieces this week... the William Blake one, worries me. I didn't notice while writing/editting until just now when I re-read it... but does it cross too far across the fiction line?

thanks - elm


Blogger johngoldfine said...

I see what you mean about the week seven theme--you start small, make a general statement, and then provide multiple examples not so different than the original small thing you started with.

It could be argued that you haven't 'done' the assignment, but the prompts only are there as starting points for writing and to get you to consider the issues. As far as I'm concerned, not succeeding and knowing you haven't is as much a learning thing as simply doing it right right out of the starting gate

And that isn't just spineless teacher talk. As you know, writing is not an activity where repetition is particularly useful in improving oneself--each time you sit down to write, you're starting all over. So, if I give the assignment again, your chance of getting it right is as good as someone's who got it right first time, and their chance of screwing up is no less just because they did right once! Got all that?

The key to me is that you very competently analyzed what you did and didn't do--let's stop using 'right' and 'wrong' now. I enjoyed reading your piece and liked all the family rituals--and that's enough for me unless you want to write more, in which case I'm always happy to read.

Not sure what you mean about fiction in the Blake piece--you're speculating about how astronauts might change their perspective about humanity? Where's the fiction?

October 18, 2004 at 1:06 PM  

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