Going into the proposal pitch, I think I felt a bit overconfident. I didn’t feel that my idea was superior or anything, just that it was well-enough developed and thought through for it to suffice as a project pitch. In this regard, I was definitely underprepared. The feedback provided on my pitch helped me realize that my project idea will need to be revised and reworked.
The most helpful advice for me was that I should focus on gauging interest within my intended audience (which at the time was the general public), because my project topic — the therapeutic potential of rock climbing — is not necessarily relatable to all. Using past advice from Shelley, I am now considering changing the focus from rock climbing to adventure in general (though this is not for certain), which would attract a wider group of readers. This would also give me access to a wider research base, which would definitely allow the project to progress more quickly. In focusing on this more general topic, I could still incorporate the personal narrative components about rock climbing that I was hoping to incorporate. As a project medium, I am still considering writing an immersive journalism piece in which I would write from personal experience, interview others, and incorporate scientific research to answer the question: Why is it that wilderness adventure is so therapeutic for many? Also, why is wilderness adventure not for everyone? And maybe as an overarching question, why are so many of us compelled by nature, while others are not at all? I hope that these questions would grab the attention of most people.
Though this idea is solidified in my mind, I still have doubts. Part of me thinks a topic more creative would be a better fit, but at this point it seems unreasonable. I think committing and solidifying my current idea will be best for me.
I’m excited to see what comes of my project. While I expect it to continue evolving and shaping, I am hoping to avoid any drastic changes!
Here’s a fitting article (with a very fitting title) that I will use as part of my topic research! >> Fitting article with very fitting title