Last week I got back the first draft of my feminist paper. Overall the feedback I took away was that I needed more of the short story to support my claims. This is surprising to me because in previous papers I needed less summary, and I thought that I had fixed that with this paper, but apparently no. I guess I need to work on finding the right amount of summary–not too little, not too much. This is a good goal moving forward and something I will continue to work toward reaching that sweet spot.
This week I got back the first draft of my psychoanalytic paper. I was surprised with the feedback I received in that it was not too harsh. I still need to dive deeper into my thesis and supporting details. I am still a surface level writer. What did surprise me, however, was that my paragraph on women and their animus was the most developed while I thought my paragraph on men and their anima was my best one (when the feedback suggested it needed the most work).
The plan now is to crack down on my revisions. A connection between theis developing my ideas even further. Although I am more than halfway done with writing initial drafts for this class, I still have a lot of work to do. In relation to Ed Sheeran’s 2017 song Perfect, I need to “just dive right in” to these revisions. This is what I need to do to get these papers as perfect as they can be.
Another week, another paper to be written. Here I go again. I suffered through the proposal and outline for this paper and now I am at the point where I will begin writing. I do not feel like the proposal or outline helped me feel more prepared to write, but it did force me to think about what I am going to write about before the night before it is due (thanks senioritis).
I ultimately chose to write on one of Kate Chopin’s short stories, “The Story of an Hour” because I felt myself moving toward writing about the same topic I did for my close reading about The Awakening (the connection to Edna’s want for freedom and the freedom of birds). “The Story of an Hour” does exactly as the title suggests — tells the story of an hour. Essentially, Mrs. Mallard finds out that her husband has died in a railroad accident and she goes through a series of emotions in the hour after receiving the news. At the end of the story, however, Mrs. Mallard opens the door and sure enough it is her husband, alive and well standing in the doorway. She dies from the shock. This short story in particular, like many of Chopin’s works, is rather easy to connect to the Feminist Theory. I decided on exploring the defined roles of married and widowed women that are accepted in society and Chopin’s response to said definitions.
I have a week before this paper is due, so the trick is to spread it out and do a little bit each night, rather than saving the entire thing for Tuesday night. Here I go again.
For this next assignment we have to write a proposal for our paper which includes an overview, outline, three abstracts of sources, and a timeline. What I am most upset about is the forced outline. As stated in previous blog posts ( Blog Post #1 : Prewriting ), I do not particularly care for prewriting, more specifically outlining. I understand the importance of organizing one’s thoughts, but I prefer to just write my thoughts as they come and return to them to organize later.
I guess a lesson plan is a form of an outline. And I can write lesson plans with little disgust for the process itself. Why then do I have such an issue when it comes to outlining for the sake of prewriting? Is it more that I dislike the end product (a paper?) rather than the outline itself? The world may never know. Either way, whether I like it or not, I am going to have to outline this gosh darn paper for the proposal.
Once again, I am struggling with where I want to go with the assignment. I am leaning toward The Awakening again, but might decide to one of Chopin’s short stories instead for a little bit more variety since I already wrote my close reading paper on The Awakening. I’ll probably start one topic and then switch what I want to do completely hours before the peer review is due like I have done plenty of times in the past and will probably continue to do in the future. I am an indecisive writer. That is just who I am.
Wednesday Addams is “pulled in a new direction” in the Addam’s Family Musical. I relate in that I am constantly being pulled in different directions by having new ideas on what to right about. What I am not being pulled toward liking, however, is outlining. That is a direction I doubt I will ever be pulled toward.