Project Reflection 1. This project was about a defining moment in my life. A single moment that changed me forever. In just one page, each student was assigned to make the reader feel what they felt- and empathize with the protagonist. In the form of a narrative description, this project was focused on making numerous drafts to perfect the stories. The final portion of this project is to create a form of media (video, podcast, art, ect..) to bring together the moment in time we chose.
2. Throughout this project I was focused on using less “thought verbs” in my writing. “Thought Verbs” are used when telling, not showing. When an author uses less telling and more showing, it makes the writing simply more powerful with the art of implication. I learned that humans tell stories to make people care- to inspire people to become better. When people hear a story about a character who is put under stress and emerges a different person it motivates them to change as well. These writing skills we contribute to my writing by fashioning it into a more detailed and more empathetic technique.
3. The most prominent detail of my story was how I described my fear of heights without actually stating that I was afraid. Doing this was difficult for me because my story is structured around overcoming my fear, and I had to show that without straight up saying it. If I could change the way I wrote my story, I would include more adjectives regarding the setting. In my story, I felt like I skipped the setting, putting it on the back burner because it wasn’t the most important element to my story. However, this narrative would definitely be stronger with a clearer setting.
4. My moment happened two years ago, and the only other major character in my story was my brother, Derek. When we started writing our narratives, I spoke to my brother, asking him if he remembered this moment. His reply was, “Grace, what are you talking about?” This made me realize that this moment reflected only on me. I saw this moment not how it was, but how I was, and Derek saw it how he was. I’m sure that a very crucial moment in another person’s life that I was unaware of, that these defining times can be very small and seemingly insignificant to one, where they are everything to another.
This is a painting I painted to go along with my short story, It's called a leap of faith.