This chapter has given insight specifically in the difference between a rough cut and a rough draft. The author stats, “…in a rough draft all the assets should be finely edited and in place so that the project will work without any intervention by the author.” Ah-ha! No I get it. The rough cut didn’t have to work, it didn’t have to make my argument for me, and it didn’t have to be in any sensible form. But, a rough draft has to attempt to accomplish your goal, it has to touch your audience, it has to do the talking for you. This distinction was quite abstract to me until I read this one particular sentence. And not only that, but I began to see how important the feedback loop is in this limbo between rough cut and rough draft. This small liminal phase is actually one giant transitional phase because of all of the revision that needs to be had; only then can you start to fine-tune the rough draft that you’ve created—a rough draft that might be quite “shitty,” in the words of Lamott—and that’s okay.
This rough cut gave me a little bit of trouble because the medium of my re-mediation doesn’t fit the traditional model for the rough cut as displayed in the book, but I think I was able to pull together my interpretation of a rough-cut as would be fitting through the definition given in the book. I feel like I have this flexibility with the rough-cut because of how flexible Writer/Designer seemed to portray this process.
This chapter also helped me to digest my e-Portfolio. Because, let’s be real, the thought of creating a website seems intimidating to say the least. But after reading the “Drafting & revising Your Project” section, I feel at peace with this task, and quite frankly, I’m excited about it. I’ve already created my page; it’s in an infant stage, but it’s there. I think a lot of time when I’m challenged with a task I’ll put it off for as long as possible. But, this one has become softer, and easier to approach since thinking of it as a process rather than a project. Also, I kind of stepped back and started to appreciate the summative nature of it: this is the way I can showcase myself as a writer, and my work, and my passion. This isn’t busy work imposed on us by evil teachers who want to see us labor over our keyboards, this is life experience that means a collaboration, and an end goal I can be proud of. This e-portfolio will make the fruits of our labor tangible, or as tangible as a website can be.
Here’s a sneak peek of where I’m at:
These pictures, through the gallery option, will become the icons for my Poster Series. And I’ll admit, I did skip the rough cut for this section because I got excited about the gallery options, but either way, I know that through the security of the feedback loop, I’ll be able to make adjustments as many times as I need, and as drastically as needed. I guess I accidentally started my E-portfolio…