Welcome To My Portfolio!
Coming in to English 285, I was thoroughly convinced that nothing could
make me enjoy writing. While every one had said I was a talented writer, I never believed them. I had zero confidence in anything I created, and did not think it was at all possible to enhance the way my words flowed on to paper. Boy, was I mistaken. I learned more than I thought was possible! Besides the normal structuring of writing, I learned something of more value: finding myself in what I created. No longer was I writing to get something done. I was writing to express myself in a new medium.
Starting with creative non-‐fiction, I had no idea what to write. My life was not
interesting enough to have anything to share. The things I wanted to write about I thought were too personal. In the end, I went out on a limb and wrote about the death of my Grandfather, something that was extremely hard for me to write. I remember sitting at my kitchen table, crying my eyes out trying to finish the piece. Sharing that part of me with an audience of strangers was a scary thought. However, after the first workshop, I found out that sharing parts of me wasn’t the scariest thing in the world.
I think I struggled the most with creative fiction. I find myself creative only in
the medium of video, what could I write about that wasn’t a direct tale of my own life? How could I steer away from clichés? The day I started my piece titled “Freeze Frame”, I was in an emotional state. I had found out that my boyfriend was
potentially moving to Arizona in two weeks time, just out of the blue. I was an emotional wreck. I decided to try putting that emotion in to my creative writing piece. You know what? It worked! I came up with a wonderful piece that I am extremely proud of, and I was able to exuberate all of my emotion. It felt good. My fiction piece was the point in my writing where I thought, “I can do this.”
Poetry was perhaps my favorite writing series to work on. It was exciting to
be able to write about my favorite subjects in an artistic way. However, I was nervous about my poetry coming out too cliché and hokey. I tried to steer away from topics like nature and love, or at least try and put my own creative spin on them. I took a twist on nature and wrote about the life of a carrot. I then proceeded to take a page from my own life and write about an event with my boyfriend. It was fun coming up with ways to write these memorable events into shortened versions that would make my audience smile.
Something I learned from working on these pieces was about the genres
themselves. Whenever I thought of creative fiction, I thought sci-‐fi/fantasy. When I thought of non-‐fiction, I thought of old-‐timey historical information. Poetry always made me think of cliché middle school poems about love. These genres are so much more than that. They are the ways that you creatively express every emotion and thought you may have. They enable you to portray yourself in a different medium; one that you might not have otherwise identified with. Using the knowledge I have gained from creating this portfolio, I have already started working on some personal pieces that I hope to one day submit to publishers, or at least have enjoyed by the people I care about!