Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A little bit more: my process for responding to readings is very open ended but contains a few definite steps. I first pick a part of the work that intrigues me or catches my attention. I then proceed to explore all the different things that come to mind and how It makes me feel. I then to express this in a way that is relevant to the work and logically conveys my opinion referencing words and phrases from the text if needed.
This whole publication process has been an interesting one. I was a little bit reluctant to get into it at first because of how formal it seemed but after a while I embraced the concept, accepting it as effective. The Idea of a group of people sending out a call that that asks for the input of anybody who reads the call to clarify, elaborate, and inform people about a subject is pretty powerful. My group, who picked empathy and emotion for our subject, saw many people respond with all different types of pieces, some very scientific, and complex, others more general and life relevant, all providing insight and varying view points on human emotions and how they work within us. This process shows that we as a people can very quickly compile useful information from multiple sources into one, accessible document that can be shared with everyone to better their understanding of what ever is being shared.
Before ours and others publications were finalized all the contributing writers were asked to revise and refine their works for almost everything from clarity to grammar, even idea development. I have included some of my contributing papers in their revised form, color coded with red meaning editing of already existing material and blue being added text.
Seeing all the blue shows that sometime it takes me a couple of sessions of sitting down with a piece im working on to totally develop my ideas.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I have really been enjoying this section of the class where we develop our ideas on a larger scale and submit them to collections. I have been able to examine my writing processes to see how it works, and how ideas form and develop throughout the process. I said before that playing video games helps me write, but I wanted to dig deeper into exactly how they help. Initially when I begin writing many times if I do not know what exactly I want to say, I feel stress and intimidation. Playing video games greatly relieves stress for me and so I sometimes play them in sort bursts to calm myself before ideas have formed clearly in my head. They also aid these ideas in forming because I have found that if I walk away from something I am writing for a few minutes, the fatigue from sitting at my computer lessens and my mind clears up allowing thoughts to flow more freely and wander, sometimes in the right direction. I have found that playing music seems to have the same effect. It is calming and clears my head helping me rearrange jumbled thoughts into clearly connected "idea trees" that make writing so much easier.