Journey Log 5 openess

John Krall - johnnyk - section 041 - journey log 5 - ranger

Habits of Mind used: Openess

This weeks discussion talked heavily on how to create a rough draft and the process leading up to it. Lamott, the author of the article, talked a lot about the steps in how to make your first draft better in a very broad sense. She didn't spend a ton of time talking about actual content related tips to make your first draft better. Because of this i decided to research it a little deeper and one of the topics i came across and wanted to focus on was how to write unbiasedly and be open about whatever subject it is.

Often it is pretty difficult even to pick up your own gender and preference biases. It can also be done on a small and large scale. "For example, many writers persist in referring to our species, collectively, as man or mankind, even though several reasonable alternatives exist: the human race, humankind, and humanity"(Nichol). This would be an example of a more small scale way in which gender biases appear in writing however it can also be seen in the over all subject matter a person is writing bout. The way in which we are able to control our biases sometimes in our drafts can lead to much better writing. Of course some writing is meant to be bias but in this case i'm talking about the times when it is unintended.

The next concept we talked about in class was how being open towards the perspective of a villain or monster can sometimes totally change the way you think about the monster. One example was in class when we were watching Moana and how when we first analyzed Maui he came across as a lot more monstrous than when we looked at it from his perspective. When we did we saw that in his mind he was doing it for the good of mankind and in a way that made us view him in a better light. However sometimes analyzing the monster through their perspective leaves us with a feeling of pity. This lead me to research why we sometimes sympathize with the monsters that scare us. One reason could be that, "giving the monster a backstory and a coherent motive, as well as some claim to victimhood of its own, makes the story more engrossing in its own right"(Anders). It could also be a feeling of us generally feeling bad for how the monster looks or is portrayed. Either way, being open towards a villain can drastically change your mindset about the character itself.

Works Cited

Anders, Charlie Jane. "Why Do We Want to Feel Sorry for Monsters That Scare Us?" Io9., 19 Oct. 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2017,

Nichol, Mark. "How to Avoid Bias in Your Writing." Daily Writing Tips. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2017,

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