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Feeling Un-creative in Creative Writing I

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In my Creative Writing I class here at Rowan University, we have been assigned the task of writing a story. It will be eight to ten pages long, typed, and must have all of the dynamics of a short story. This includes but is not limited to an antagonist and protagonist, there must be a conflict. My main character must want something externally that is obvious, and then something internal which is harder to spot.

My beginning must provide background, establish a dramatic question, and drop the reader into the middle of the action. There must be three conflicts in the middle of my story, and there must be a trigger event, a bleak moment, and complications. In the end of the story, My character must learn a lesson or make a discovery, and then there must be a resolution or change in my character.

Besides the fact that these requirements are not the ONLY way to write a short fiction story, I do not think my professor should enforce this assignment on all of us. Not every single creative writer is a short story writer or even a story writer at all. Poets, novelists, children’s stories. We should be able to write what we are comfortable with writing… but I am required to write this farce of a story for a grade, so here is how it is going to go. Feel free to critique. I came up with the plot in a matter of 10-15 minutes, and it is rather cliché I am sad to admit.

My character Lilith Harrison is a smart girl living in the upper middle class neighborhood of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Learning comes naturally to her, and there is nothing she cannot accomplish once she sets her mind to it. Still, her father Gregory Harrison III has pushed her to go to school to become a doctor, and she has been accepted to enter college at Penn State on a scholarship. Her sophomore year of college, she is dorm-ing with an art major named Jane Fitzpatrick. They become fast friends, and as their relationship becomes solid, they discover that Lilith’s talents extend to include that of an amazing artist. All she would need is tutelage. Lilith decides to switch her major from that of medicine, to art. Only when she tells her father, he is livid. He wants her to become a doctor, and a doctor she shall be. For a while, she gives in to her father’s wishes, but soon grows weary of her classes. As the year progresses, she must deal with her father’s disapproval as she continues her love of art on the side, Jane’s apparent jealousy of Lilith, and the enterance of a well known artist taking an interest in her.

Let me know what you think. It’s a load of bull simply spewing out of my mind at the moment.


Written by augeregua

November 13, 2009 at 5:34 AM

I Love You Both, Paper and Computer!

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Pens are especially important to me. Having my handy-dandy notebook on me at all times, it is smart to always have a pen on hand. Unlike the pencil, there is no sharpening or breaking. And, ever since Commerce Bank and TD Bank came around, pens are super easy to get, and cost nothing. Still, I am picky with my pens. I like black ink, not blue, and it has to be a ballpoint pen, not a roller ball pen.

For my writing, I have several different methods depending on what I wish to accomplish. If I am writing notes for class or writing a short story, I like to use my spiral notebooks. Usually, my stories end up in the back of whatever notebook I am using for class. Sometimes, in the middle of class I will get inspired, and so just pull out whatever notebook I have on me and start writing. I like this method a lot, because sometimes I will be bored in a class, or wherever I happen to be, and can simply open one of several notebooks, and there will be an unfinished story that I can play around with. A story will often sit in the back of my notebook for months before I decide to find it again and continue. Notebooks are convenient and easy to carry around. And, unlike a laptop, they will not run out of power, just space.

When I need to write a paper, I first write down my ideas on scrap paper, and then immediately begin typing it out on Microsoft Word, editing and researching as I go along. Typing my papers out on my desktop computer is the ONLY way I am able to write a paper. A few times in the past, I have attempted to start writing a paper in a notebook, but suddenly start panicking in my head, worrying what I will do if I need to change a sentence structure or a piece of information. The cleanliness of hitting the backspace button and simply changing the information as I go along, switching paragraphs and such has embedded itself into my psyche, and I simply cannot go back to pen and paper.

I believe without a doubt that the computer has remediated the pen and paper. Clean letters, consistent formatting and font, and the ability to edit with tools such as grammar, spell check and the   internet have replaced longhand and the need for dictionaries and the encyclopedia. Still, we must not become so dependent on technology that we cannot switch back and forth. For instance, what if the internet is down, or the power goes out? There are pros and cons to everything we create, and I shall take advantage of both.

Written by augeregua

November 10, 2009 at 8:35 PM

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