When I was choosing samples of writing to include in our class gallery, I chose convenience and picked three things with text that I had in front of me. I was eating a bowl of cereal, so I included the nutritional information from the box, I had just taken in the mail, so I included and advertisement I got, and I had an old football ticket on my desk, so I included that as well. I took what counts as writing very literally and picked three things that had words. But after looking at the gallery and our discussion in class I began to think of writing in a more abstract way. Some classmates argued that writing includes anything that communicates or has a message. Now I agree that videos or movies or works of art often, if not always, require writing to plan and execute their production and I don’t think there is a difference between what counts as writing and the products of writing.
For example, there was debate over whether paintings count as writing. I think, like Brandt says, writing is like a manufacturing process. Writing can be involved in manufacturing a painting, so the painting itself also count as writing. It’s like baking cookies, many ingredients (flour, eggs, sugar, chocolate chips, etc.) go into making the final product (chocolate chip cookies) which we consume, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t eating flour, eggs, sugar and chocolate chips that went into making the cookies. If writing went into the production of something, that thing is writing, too. Seeing people add things like pictures or videos made me think deeper about what counts as writing and come to this conclusion. Then discussing the topic in class definitely made me think even deeper.
In the minor in writing I hope to keep learning new ways to look at things that have always been present in my life. I am already gaining new perspectives after one discussion and I hope to gain even more insight from classmates with such diverse backgrounds. I also have more mechanical goals, like improving my editing skills and becoming more direct in my arguments. Overall, I hope to learn skills and techniques that I can use in the future, whether it is in other classes or a career.