Journey Log 6 Responsibility & Creativity

First Drafts & Such

Responsibility: the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others

Last week we were especially responsible for a lot of material. On Tuesday, we had to have our annotated bibliographies completed and read a few pieces on the writing process. I really enjoyed reading "Shitty First Drafts" because it was funny and I felt that I could relate to the author on so many levels. It also made me feel better about my own rough drafts because they are terrible and I realize that it's okay and normal. The annotated bibliography took me an extremely long time to do (mostly because I chose to listen to a 3-hour long podcast), and I struggled because I didn't realize exactly how long it was going to take. Combined with my tendency to procrastinate, this did not end well for me. I learned my lesson though and I won't be writing my final draft the night before.


Creativity: the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas

In class, we did a few activities to help us in writing our papers and to practice being creative, something which we will need for our papers. The dice game was fun because some of the correlations I made to my villain were a stretch and a half, but that was the point of the game. It forced me to think outside of the box and be creative.

And more villains...

Then on Thursday, we watched a few clips from Moana and analyzed the villain Maui. I was surprised that we were able to pull out so many historical, cultural, and literary connections from the short 5-10 minute clips. Since we are responsible for doing all of these things for our own villains, this was a good example of the general process that should be followed.

Goals for next week

  1. Learn from this week's mistakes and don't procrastinate; aka be more responsible
  2. Be creative in developing an overall plan for first draft (even if it's shitty), as well as specialization requirement

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