Thursday, September 14, 2006

Yawn

So I am sitting in a hotel room in North Carolina at 1 AM and blogging. That is dedication. Thanks for all of the great comments from yesterday. Keep it up.

Here is the real question. You have a very tough assignment ahead of you with this narrative essay. What are your concerns? What is the toughest part of the assignment? What do you need further explanation to do? Have you started drafting yet? Also, if you find any good examples of narratives told in a voice other than the authors, add the link here.

Have a great weekend.

29 comments:

maryrobm1 said...

This is actually really hard. It is difficult to write a story in someone else's perspective. Is there supposed to be dialogue in a narrative essay? This is also hard because I don't know what it is like to have dementia. How am I supposed to correctly portray this disease?

thomasg3 said...

My concerns are really about the story and what exactly we are supposed to write about, whether or not we are supposed to make up a story and tell it from someone else's perspective or whether or not we use a story that happened to use and then tell it from another perspective. Also what kind of disease does it have to be apart from a mental one? Is it just a mental disease that we have to take the perspective of?

MillerL.3 said...

It is very hard to write from the percpective of someone with dyslexia. You have to know so much about the diseaes and how it affects them. Also it is difficult because you are making up a charachter from scratch. The toughest part is making up the charachter. I haven't started drafting yet.

FrankB3 said...

I'm concerned that my theme may not be clear enough. My character and story is not exactly normal either. Coming up with a theme is the toughest part of this assignment. I have not started drafting yet, but I am starting my outline today. Oh, well I imagine I'll make it work.

JimW3 said...

My concern is actually being able to portray what life is actually like for a person with down syndrome. Also I have not even started drafting anything so all I have is the story. I have never written anything from someone else's perspective so it is a lot harder than I thought. I am also concerned with deadlines, because I am very slow when it comes to writing papers.

jessanneh3 said...

My paper is going to be horrible. I am trying really hard to make this work but I am extremely skeptical as to how it will turn out! I hope that it turns out well! It is extremely hard to write a paper, much less anything, from someone else's point of view. Extremely difficult!

BeckyR5 said...

This next assignment is really hard. My main concern is that I wont be able to depict the narrator the way I would like. Im confused on whether just the narrator is supposed to have a disease or the main character. I feel like Im not the best story writter, so this assignment should be a challenge for me

MaryaliceL1 said...

This assignment is actually much harder than what i had expected. At first, i thought it was going to be fun writing about and "living" someone else's life. I never realized how in depth that could actually be. My main concern is showing emotions through my main character. I tend to make many of the main characteristics of the main character similar to my own, because it is easier to write about. My ideas are clear of what i want to write, but i get stuck and have a writer's block when i have to write complete thoughts. It should be interesting to see what will come out of this paper!!

Michaelc3 said...

One of my biggest concerns is that im not going to be able to condense my story enough. I think i have alot to write about, and cutting things out is going to be hard. Also, im worried that im not going to finish in time. Maybe a few more days would help out alot.

reidp5 said...

I think this paper is going to be hard to write. I think one of the hardest parts is thinking from a certain point of view. Also it is going to be hard to write like this because it is something complete different from the normal way. I have not started drafting yet, but i am starting on my outline today. This will be a hard paper to write.

Talc0s S. said...

While I am very much in love with the idea of having so much freedom, it also presents some new challenges. Aside from conjuring it all up from the depths of my mind, I am not at all sure how to create it to your liking. I would like to try a slightly different approach to the narrative, given the nature of the character I'm creating, but I would have to make sure it would be all right with you. It's difficult to discuss in a post, of course. You probably wouldn't mind, it's fairly minor

On the topic of narratives told in a voice other than the author, I don't have the book, but I would reccomend that you look through a collection of fabulist and formalist stories I have come to possess. I forget the name, I'll have to tell you when I come across it again at home.

Fortunately, I have the handy book "Building Believeable Characters" with me, and am very fortunate to have come across the copy. It gives a huge number of tips on writing narratives that I am very fond of.

SpencerS5 said...

It's alot harder than I thought it would be. I think the character profile takes it a little to far and I got to the point where I was just making up alot of stuff to finish. The essay itself is pretty difficult in somebody else's view. It's also pretty tough researching the disease and having to create a story from it.

chuckw7 said...

I agree with you that this assignment is very hard. I think the most challenging thing is being able to imagine what it is like to have a disorder and then write about it. Its not that your writing about a guy's life, you have to make up a whole character and show his disability amongst the writing. I dont know what kind of story i should write about because its hard to write about something that you dont know anything about. That to me is the challenge because you not only have to research a disorder you have to be able to show you know enough about it by writing a narrative about an imaginary character and be able to show his disorder.

CaseyF5 said...

I think it is going to be hard to write from a different person's perspective because you can't just write what you are thinking, you have to write what the character would be thinking. Also it will be hard to show the disease because I don't know what it is like to have one. I haven't started drafting yet.

natalies7 said...

This is a very hard assignment because it is not the kind of thing you can relate to. You have to put yourself in someone else's situations and think like they would. It is also hard to learn the specific charactertistics of the disease. I am concerned that I will not be able to accurately portray the voice of the character. I have not started drafting yet but plan to tonight.

CharlesB7 said...

I think the hardest part right now is trying to define characters. You kind of have an idea of what you want to write about but you do not know if you can make your character fit that description. It is also hard to describe the disease because I do not know anyone that has the disease that I talk to a lot or have been around for a while

adamso7 said...

When you told us in class that this narrative essay was not going to be easy I really did not believe you. In the past I ha written narratives that were quite easy, but now that I have gotten deeper into the subject I realize that writting a narrative essay through the mind of someone else is very difficult. I am manly concerned that I will not be able to correctly tell the story through some one else. This is an assignment to think outside of your own mind and the way I think usually does not allow me to do that. I have not started drafting yet but I plan to on the trip that I am taking this weekend.

hali7 said...

My concerns are all of the assignments with this essay that we had to do today and yesterday. Those were very long and were very hard to fully complete. I think the toughest part if the assignment will be starting and then when you have started staying on task. I really do not need any further explanation because i really think i can do this. No, i have no started drafting yet but i will get on to that as soon as possible.

TylerMo1 said...

This is a very hard assignment. I didn't think it would actually be this difficult to write from someone else's shoes. I am mainly having trouble with knowing how to write from the point of view of someone with a mental illness. Also, coming up with a story and a theme is pretty hard. I am basically just using something that happened to me and changing it up a bit.

AndrewCo3 said...

The hardest part for me is creating a character and writing a story from their perspective. It is hard to create a character and give them a personality and different traits. Another thing is that it is hard to tell a story about someone with a disability that you do not know much about.

SumerlinB7 said...

I am struggling with this assignment, simply because writing has never been my strong point. Usually, I work better with a set prompt rather than simply using my imagination to make up a story. Writing from another person's perspective makes it even more difficult. I have found that the characters I make up in this type of writing tend to be a lot like me. That is something I am going to try to work on with this paper.

AshleyB5 said...

Ms. C this has to be one of the hardest essays anyone has assigned, no lie. I have a sotry in my head but I just can't figure out how to get it on paper. I kind of wish we had some kind of bounderies with our story because I really don't understand what I'm really suppose to be writing about. And no, I haven't started writing a draft, or my outline, I'm just confused like everyone else I think.

HunterP3 said...

Not only is it hard to write the story from someone else's perspective, but actually being able to develope a halfway entertaining story within the short length of an essay is also very hard. I would imagine that I could eventually come up with a pretty good story, since ive seen so many movies that have characters with strange eccentricities, but to do it in such a small timeframe will be tough.

tonycr1 said...

Well I'm pretty concerned with the whole thing because I missed the days when we started the assignment and you were not there on friday. So No I have not started drafting yet.

MaryCatherineS1 said...

i think its acutally pretty hard, to be honest. mary rob is right, it is hard to write in someone elses perspective!! i have started to draft but its kind of difficult to completely make up a story about someone who has a disease that you can't really relate to.

RyanH5 said...

I think this will be a difficult paper to write. It is hard to research a disorder, then try to figure how someone would act with it, and write a story about it. I also am not the best story writer, but I think I can do alright.

gordonw7 said...

I havent started drafting yet. Im not sure how to write this its pretty hard. Does the person with the disorder have to be the main character or narrator? Its a pretty hard essay to do cause if I dont have the order I cant really think like someone who does.

MattO3 said...

I think that the hardest part of the story is the initial idea or conflict that we have to create. I kinda dodged this problem by using a problem that actually happened in our world. Since I know the stages of what occurred in this problem it is easier for me to write the story by creating events that the character went through to avoid the danger in the problem. I have not started drafting. I think that this paper shouldn't be too hard to write.

willst5 said...

I think my main concern is just writing the paper, once I get that done it should really be a peice of cake from there. The start though is still a problem. The only other hard thing to do would probably be write like a disabled person, but I think I could just write as myself because Mrs. Caldwell did say we all are a little disabled in some form or fashion.