There were two questions that I immediately cringed away from in the ePortfolio Prompt, and they happen to be the two most blatant, and straightforward: “How do you want to present yourself as a writer?” And, “Who is your ideal audience?”
I struggle with these questions because I struggle with the most basic building blocks of writing. Oddly enough, the syntax and lyricism of rhetoric comes easily. For me, words just flow onto paper, but, I like having a structured prompt. So, how do I want to present myself as a writer? Probably similar to the way I want to present myself as a person–introspective and intelligent with a quirky twist of passion, and a tendency to have an endless stream of consciousness (Now that I’m reading that sentence it sounds like a character review for a cheesy best-seller, but I digress.)
My ideal audience is the one that I already have–my peers at U of M who seem to be smart, witty, and understanding. They get my 21st century lingo, our generation’s 21st century shortcomings, and the general plight of a college student. They are a cohort unmatched by the likes of any other; they make the perfect canvas for the splattering of my fresh ideas.
The Minor in Writing has created a body of students with so much texture, that I can’t imagine a more perfect audience. Perhaps it’s too perfect. Perhaps I’ll get too comfortable. But, I’d hope that they remind me to push myself, and to find my voice as a writer. And, I’ll try to do the same for them.