Hi all- here are my thoughts:
Below are TWO ideas for the same original piece (because I’m indecisive, please help). Let me know if you think that one is more interesting than the other!
I wrote a creative nonfiction piece at the end of last semester called “The Sound of Silence”. It’s an investigative piece for which I remained silent for a day and documented my responses to this “lifestyle change”. I went on to reflect about it, and it wound up becoming a very spiritual essay. However, a lot of what I said became redundant. I’m sure this is because all of the ideas are coming from one perspective- mine. Therefore, I’d like to maintain this investigation of silence, but through different perspectives. A series of vignettes seems to be the best form for this. I’ve never written vignettes, so this will also be a nice exploration for me (get learnt!). I’d like the vignettes to be from the perspective of a variety of people in a variety of situations. They will be silent for different reasons- i.e. someone in solitary confinement, someone post-arguement at home with their partner, something broader like the silence of women, etc. These aren’t solid ideas, just examples. The point is- silence is a very universal notion that can elicit very individual responses (although it’s not really the norm). And by documenting only my own response, I feel that I’m not doing the topic any justice…
The second idea is to write a textbook description on silence that begins to take on a mind of its own. This explores the same idea- silence is universal and individual. So it would start of professional and slowly diverge into something less robotic.
I can’t wait to hear some critiques and ideas!