This week was largely a week of work. We started each day with our normal routines for that day, but we spent most of the rest of the time writing our connecting evidence to claims essays and completing the worksheet that accompanied it. I would not say that we learned an expansive list of new material, but we did solidify old material that we knew. One such item would be the writing process. Having covered it last week, I will not talk about our adventures in the writing process in depth. I will, however, mention how all of the focus on writing in this class is finally getting to me. Don’t get me wrong – my general views of reading and writing have not fundamentally changed, but I am seeing more use for the stuff we learn in class in the real world. For example, I wrote a college application essay a few days ago about a community I belong to: Mount Pleasant Soccer. Writing this essay was not what connected to the class; what happened afterward was. Having just ended my senior soccer season, I was filled with many emotions about the bittersweet goodbye I was saying to the fields that I had been playing on since I was 11 or 12. The essay brought these emotions to the front of my mind. For whatever reason, I kept thinking about writing a poem about the feelings I was having and calling it “A Bittersweet Farewell,” but alas, the poem has yet to find its way into existence. Perhaps I will write it in the creative writing time next week. If you’re looking for some good music that might help inspire you to write a poem, I would suggest the album “Epicloud” by Devin Townsend Project. You can find it on Spotify here.
For whatever reason, this week writing seemed to be the main theme. It also is a happy coincidence that it happened to ‘click’ for me this week. Sure, I don’t know anywhere near everything about writing, but the bit that I do know finally makes sense. Perhaps it’s the good feeling that comes from finally finishing a piece that I thought was great, and perhaps I just intuitively understood it suddenly (maybe a bit of both?). Whatever the reason, writing is interesting now. That interest certainly was not wasted this week. I wrote what I will call the first version of my short story “Lost in Memory” as I plan to update it in the future. I really struggled to make time to write outside of class, so I probably will finish it last minute on Sunday night. The writing process work we did this week was helpful since it coincided with my sudden interest in writing (more on how long that interest lasts in a future post). I also think the guest speaker was relevant and useful, even if it was just his explanation of why other people not liking your writing is not the end of the world that really stood out. I hope that my excitement with writing lasts into the next few weeks so I can truly finish my short story, even if the version I turned in was a complete story. If you visit this page from outside the AP Lit ecosystem at my school and wish to view my work, the homepage of the site has links to works I write during the class. If you're interested in "Lost in Memory" (you know you are) you can read it here.