The time has arrived when we prepare ourselves to exhale. Not because it was a movie from the 90’s with Whitney Houston but because the wait is about to expire. It was only yesterday (in my head) that Dr. Zamora asked us why we write. Though it is a great question, I still struggle with my answer. From the beginning of this class, I always knew writing is a genre within art but lately it has become a kaleidoscope of colorful words. Having the ability to work with other students with similar artistic taste has broaden my senses.
This is daily advice I used to give my students. As time progressed, they all derived at his/her own meaning. I guess that’s the point of teaching. To plant the seed and allow your students to develop and grow in the direction that suits them with your consistent support. Thank you Dr. Zamora because that’s exactly what you have been doing. Now you would like us to continue our development to form a masterpiece (work of art).
This is a song about accepting yourself for who you are and what you can do. Don’t focus on what you cannot control. This is not only for women but one of my favorite songs.
It has been awhile since I’ve worked in a group for a major project. I think Emily described it well when she mentioned having certain self work standards with OCD traits. It can be a struggle but a worthwhile self- challenge. When you have fun and encouraging classmates like Nives mentioned, the comfort does exist and it is definitely motivating.
Since we only have three classes remaining to figure out a theme and to create a final piece. My mission is to take from every individual what I have learned from them and their experience because believe it or not I have noticed real talent.
I’m not sure if my ideas would make sense but here it goes.
- Why can’t we record everything that we plan on doing. Like behind the scenes, discussions at the table, people leaving for food, stressed out facial expressions, the way we play music to relax us, Dr. Zamora’s pep talk, papers all over the table, scholars name appearing on the screen, red pens on table, jokes/laughter filling the room. It’;s raw footage but it’s the genuine side of us. If we can cut and paste to create a form of table talk. Send some of us out to video interview other students about their red pen experience (with a signed waiver for written experience). From that we can create any form of doom from the red pen, maybe Red Pen Mysteries/Chronicles. We can continue adding as the months progress. In the end, we share each share a negative moment and how we found our silver lining.
- . Why can’t we create a Writers Motivational Journal with special quotes we have learned from the readings and/or our own. Possibly 10 pages each with a design, or a picture to color and with literary advice.
- Or a mini skit of similar to HBO’s Taxi Confessions. Ours will be Writer’s Confessions.
- Create a book/planner/manual for students, teachers, parents, tutors. This will have tips, techniques, definitions, literary quotes and explanations, calendars, motivational pictures to prevent stress and writers block. In order for this to work we all need to write at least 3 of our own strengths and weaknesses. This activity will help us fill in particular gaps to truly support one another.
What I do understand, is that it’s our time to be brave. Maybe this around it could help me exhale after answering the same question…Why do you write?