One of the most unique things about the Minor in Writing is the focus on reflection, which hit me as we were working on an in class exercise. I have had a wide variety of writing classes, written in a larger number of genres and styles (from screenwriting to sports writing to academic papers), and I can’t recall a moment where a professor or editor asked me to reflect on my process and evolution. It was almost shocking to realize, because every other vocation requires evaluation of evolution. A mechanic has to learn each part of the car to be able to fully service the vehicle, and he has to build on the things he has previously learned in the profession. So often, in all of my writing classes (besides the minor), the process of evolution and where we have been as a writer is ignored.
So when we were asked to reflect on our writing’s greatest strength, what we hope to learn about ourselves through the project and what other questions had come up, it took me a minute to start writing. However, I think the strength of my writing lies in drawing out details that most people wouldn’t include. For my project, which involves a critique of the University of Michigan, it is going to be important to find the small things about the college experiences. What I hope to discover via my project is a talent for editing and shooting videos. I know I can write scripts, this project is going to test my ability to have my work translate onto the screen.
The third inquiry ties into the second question, at least for me. The main question I had was what type of genre I want to write in, or what creative field I will go into. I’ve been successful with sports writing and screen writing, and academic papers as well. However, I have no idea what I’m best at, so I’m hoping this project can tease that out.