Reflection to Narrative Fiction Project

I would like to start by saying how unique this project was to me. While I have written fiction pieces in the past, this particular project was unlike anything I have ever done before. I didn’t mind it but I found it difficult to do. I think what was difficult about it was the fact that it was kind of like writing a script, but for me at least, it was so hard to add details.

When I was a little kid, I actually thought I wanted to be a fiction writer. Part of me still thinks that maybe someday I could be, but the imagination I had as a child has kind of been dulled a little bit. I still consider myself to be creative, but years of education have molded my writing style. I am creative in a completely non-fiction way now which doesn’t bug me, but it does make assignments like this a little more difficult for me than I think they would’ve been in the past.

The research and watching all the videos that had similar ideas in class made this project a little harder for me as well. There are so many people in this world with absolutely incredible ideas. I don’t want to say I was overwhelmed with this project because I wasn’t in the slightest, but the way some people can just make fantastic fictional stories out of blog posts and social media amazes me. I feel that if I would’ve had more time, I probably would’ve developed my story a lot more and maybe it could have been something bigger and better than it was.

I thought it was really easy to make characters. I have always found characters easy to come up with. Characters are kind of just people based on you or people you already know. You add what you like and make them into what you don’t like and I love doing that. I also found it easy to come up with a decent plot.

I have a hard time saying where my strength and weaknesses lie here. I think in anything in life practice makes you better. I am personally a hard worker and so when I am not that great at something, I try harder every time I do it. Like everybody else I am not good at everything. I am, however, willing to try to be better. I think in order to be fair to yourself, you can’t really judge how good/bad you are at something when you only try it one time.

I think this could influence my other writings just in the sense that I need to remember to try new things. It was a good experiment overall. What I want to do professionally after school will probably not benefit from learning how to do this. I do, however, think that it will keep my eyes open to the potential of different things.

Character Voice Sketches

Emma:

If she is typing on her blog, she uses proper language. When she is being sarcastic she will italicize the phrase. On Facebook and Twitter her tone is usually just straight to the point and usually starts out with check out.

Facebook Example: Tonight, for dinner, I made steamed crab legs with strawberry cheesecake for dessert. Check it out! (Link)

Twitter example: Tweet me ideas for a new dish and I will post it to my blog.

Blog example: Today I ran into Peter from culinary school. We started talking about school. He only talks about business. He needs to learn how to have more fun!

Blog example: As promised, this is not just a food blog. For those of you who know me, food is my passion but I am also incredibly awkward at times.

Peter (only really comments on posts to be included in story. Will have his own voice but he is going to talked about more by Emma than have his own voice)

Tweets are short and straight to the point in the beginning. As story progresses tweets will become more fun and lighthearted. Facebook comments are not that common for Peter but when he uses it he tends to write out longer responses. He also uses social media mainly to talk about work.

Twitter: Just got a new job at a huge restaurant.

Twitter: Another Friday night is the perfect opportunity to work.

Twitter: Work before play is the way to succeed.

Facebook: I think that all people should eat at my restaurant. We have so many options that everyone will love. Please stop by for the best dining experience of your life.

Caroline isEmma’s best friend is addicted to social media. She doesn’t really speak for herself. Her character is more talked about by Emma on her blog. You do get a sense of her personality through her comments on social media. She uses a lot of exclamation points and can sometimes be sassy when commenting back to other people, especially when she believes they’re wrong.

Twitter: My bff Emma just created a blog! Check it out!

Twitter: Em is seriously the best chef in Florida. IN LOVE WITH HER FOOD! #yummy

Twitter: (to Peter) you’re just wrong. Emma’s blog is great and you’re just jealous because you don’t ever do anything but work. #getalife

Facebook: Going on a road trip with the one and only Emma! Check out her blog posts and of course my Facebook to keep up with our journey!!!!!!

Character Descriptions

Emma is the main narrator/protagonist of the story. She is a young chef in a made up town (name TBD) in Florida. The town is a high social town so being a chef is good as long as you can get into a good restaurant. Emma is quirky but everyone relates to her because she easy to get along with. She can be sarcastic at times especially in her blog Cheesy Life with Em where she blogs about anything, but mostly food. She can be very awkward which makes her blog a huge hit and is quickly read by almost everyone in the town.

Peter is also a chef. He’s from New Jersey. He knows Emma through culinary school. When Emma talks about him she’s annoyed because he comes off as super serious and she doesn’t feel that life should always be taken so seriously. When Peter talks himself he will sometimes come off as super serious but once you get to know him as a character you’ll realize that he actually has a really fun side as Emma will eventually learn. He makes the best cheeseburgers.

Caroline is a food blog enthusiast and Emma’s best friend.  She shares most of Emma’s blog with her social media friends. When Emma posts a new recipe or food adventure on her blog Caroline is the first to comment. She kind of comes off as nosy as she always comments on posts and asks things that she shouldn’t ask on social media. When Emma talks about her she uses usual best friend description words except when she’s annoyed with her. Caroline, when speaking for herself, is at times sassy and blunt. She can be kind, yet she has the right comeback for any insult or joke.

Models for personal narrative project

The first source I used was more of a source to kind of help me narrow down what possible tones I would want to use for my characters. What I found was that my tone could be literally any emotion I could think of. I like the fact that it brought up both sassy and sarcastic because I like sassy and sarcastic people and I want one of my characters to be at least one or the other. Here is the link to the website that helped me narrow down possible ideas:http://theeditorsblog.net/2013/04/19/tone-mood-style-the-feel-of-fiction/

The second source I found for tone models gave excellent model examples. I decided to post this one because the first page gives great examples of how style enhances tone. I think that this website could be useful in the future as the dialog for my characters progresses. Here is the link to the website: http://www.emsisd.com/cms/lib/tx21000533/centricity/domain/1719/u6_read_wkshp_style_se.pdf

For my two models of media usage, I’d like my main character to have a blog. I think I want to use Twitter to have her interact with the other characters as well as Facebook.

Lonelygirl15 blog response

I like the fact that this blog is videos. To me it is more interesting than reading a blog post because it almost feels more real. When you can see into a person’s life it’s almost like they’re actually sharing it with you versus reading the words and imagining how certain situations looked. I think the video quality was decent and this provided an interesting twist to the type of blogs I’ve looked at in the past.

I didn’t really like the fact that this blog was a fake. It seems silly to me that someone would actually take the time to direct a
“real life” blog. It was facsinating to read the comments because even after it was outed that the blog was fake, people still believed that Bree was a real person and not an actress. I guess I really like the style of a video blog, but I don’t really like the concept of a fake video blog.

Justin Hall Response

Justin Hall’s blog is definitely different from most blogs I’ve read. I’m not really sure how I feel about it because to me a lot of the material is stuff I personally wouldn’t share with the world. I found hearing about his divorce rather difficult. I felt bad for his ex wife because it seemed so wrong to talk about such a delicate topic on the internet where every person could watch it. At the same time, I felt bad for him because he literally bared his soul about something most people can’t talk about. It was really interesting to see his life and to be so honest because that’s something people don’t see everyday.

In terms of the blog set up and not so much content, I found it to be strange. I liked the fact that when you read his bio you could click on random hyper links to read a more in depth article about the subject he was talking about. I didn’t really like the fact that all this information was in one large chunk. I would have preferred to see it in separate pieces and just as new posts. Content wise I think Hall’s blog is really unique but set up wise I wish he would change it to a more relevant blog.