The very first thing that popped into my mind when considering the MIW capstone project is something I have never really attempted before: fiction.
I know, probably not the smartest idea. Fiction/creative writing is not something you’re magically good at without practice, and the thought of attempting it in this context is mildly terrifying, but the idea just won’t leave me alone. Despite my lack of experience, the fiction writing process is something I’d love to explore. It’s always something that I’ve wanted to try or to learn, but in a few months I will graduate with a degree in English and not a single piece of creative writing to show for it. Not that creative writing is required or necessary, but something feels off about the fact that I’ve spent years loving, analyzing, and defending the value of fiction but haven’t tried writing it myself— unless the highly questionable fanfiction that I wrote as an experimental part of my gateway project counts.
The relevance and experience of fiction is something I have always been really interested in. So, I thought it might be interesting to do something regarding the experience of reading fiction versus the experience of writing fiction, and the value—perhaps intertwined or similar, perhaps rather different—of these experiences.
What is the value of reading fiction? What is the value of writing fiction? Are they the same? What is the value of these experiences in formal education? These, of course, could be personal questions, varying from individual to individual. I’d like to think that this could involve research/reading books/talking to people about the creative process and the process of fiction writing.
The idea for the project itself is all very muddled right now, but I like the thought of the whole project being immersive, and the overall result being analytical of the experience of fiction vs. nonfiction, so maybe it could be a collection of short fiction stories and nonfiction creative essays (…or one of each) discussing the experience of learning and the value of fiction, maybe making it a bit more coherent by choosing a specific genre or idea to explore in fiction.
I’m having trouble transforming what I would like to explore in an actual project—any and all advice is insanely appreciated!