My name is Jason Rubinstein and I am now in my last semester here. It’s crazy how fast it all went. Anyways, to give a refresher: I grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb 30 minutes north of Chicago. It’s also next to Highland Park, which everyone seems to know at this school. I don’t know why. I write hockey for The Michigan Daily, and also edited sports for 2.5 years. However, that ended last semester and I’m still trying to figure out what to do with all this new free time.
Anyways, as you could probably deduce, the largest writing community I am apart of is the sports journalism world. I probably spent 30 hours a week in every semester of college in that community whether that be physically writing, editing, interviewing or even just watching the sporting event. What I loved about journalism is how the writing is so concise, quick and calculated. I loved getting to piece together the sporting event in the way that I think makes sense. Deadlines also make for significant pressure while reporting, but deadline writing is the best type of writing. I think the best writing comes when you’re under a strict deadline.
However, journalism also allows you to write features, like this one I wrote on JT Compher on the hockey team. Writing this allowed me to develop a character in a non-fictional way that I loved.
Aside from the journalism community, I recently joined the short fiction community after taking English 223 last semester. I ended up writing a fiction piece on a turtle who can talk to humans and befriends a bullied student. It was weirdly a ton of fun to write and I have absolutely no idea how I came up with that story. Writing fiction is incredibly different than journalism. There aren’t deadlines. My professor said she had been working on a novel for over two years. That is crazy! The word choice is less concise and instead, a bit more flowery. It’s all about showing and not telling. Journalism is the opposite.
However, like the feature listed above, short fiction allows you to create your own characters: You can pick his/her flaws and strengths. Just like you get invested into a feature, you get invested into these characters you create. And that might be hard to believe, but just try it. I promise.
So while the worlds are much different, writing is writing. Its core is the same. And the two may be more intertwined than I once thought.
I’m looking forward to a great semester.
Oh, and here is a picture of my Dog, Roger, and I. He is my favorite thing on Earth.