Eng 107 Week 1 Notes 1/23/16
Eng 107 Week 1 Notes 1/23/16 ENG 107-001
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Imaginative Writing Notes Tuesday, January 19, 2016 10:09 PM Ch.1 "Imaginative Writing" pg. 1-14 -we respond to rhythm and rhyme -all writing is biographical as well as inventive -"between the two impossibilities- of perfectly capturing your experience in words and of avoiding it altogether, lies the territory that we call 'creative'." studying a piece of writing: What does it mean? How does it work? Why has the author made this choice of imagery, voice, atmosphere? What techniques of language, pacing, character contribute to this effect? 2 deﬁnitions of Genre: 1. Different forms of literature (ﬁction, nonﬁction, poetry) 2. Certain traditions within ﬁction (western, detective story, romance, etc) Freewrite: Stein called it "automatic writing", writing without any plan Focused Freewrite: focus on one topic and write for 5-10 minutes Brainstorm: start with What if….? Use the World ----> a journal is NOT a diary. Skill yourself to observe outside world What to think about during a Workshop What is the conﬂict in this situation? This reminds me of…. Its like… I think this character wants… What if…? The rhythm is… Could this be expanded to…? The atmosphere seems…. Ch. 8 pg. 225-228 Imaginative Writing "Creative Nonﬁction" Literary/Creative Nonﬁction: kinds of essays that may begin with a personal experience or the merely factual, but which reach for greater range and resonance Memoir: a story retrieved from the writers memory, with the writer as the protagonist- the I remembering commenting on the events described in the essay Personal Essay: usually has its origin in something that has happened to the writers life but it may have been something yesterday, that day, present -Image -Voice -scene -character -setting -interpretation -research Authorial Intrusion: a degree of direction and interpretation in ﬁction Ch.2 pg. 15-33 "Image" • Evoke the senses • "hook" the reader • Imaginative writing ---> poetry, song lyrics, play scripts, ﬁlm scripts, personal essays, memoirs, stories, novels - exist fundamentally as re-presentations • They portray people, places, and objects as if physically present • What readers see, hear, smell, taste, and feel • An image is a word or series of words that evokes one or more of the ﬁve senses • Flat writing (without an image) is full of abstractions ---> actually, affection, power, vitality, before • And generalizations ---> everything, all, consequences, verses • Judgments ----> valuable, important, best, unjust, no vitality, unattractive, stale • Replace these things with nouns that call a sense image and verbs that represent actions we can visualize Abstractions: names of ideas or concepts, which cannot in themselves be experienced directly through one or more of our senses, such as intelligence, criticism, love, anger Generalizations: can only be vaguely visualized because they include too many of a given group: something, creatures, kitchen equipment Judgments: tell us what to think about something instead of showing it: beautiful, insidious, suspiciously Denote: literally refer to their meaning Connote: suggest or imply through layers of connection in our experience and culture Concrete, Signiﬁcant Details ---> vivid writing "show, don’t tell" Concrete: there is an image, something that can be seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or touched Signiﬁcant: the speciﬁc image also suggests an abstraction, generalization, or judgment Detail: means that there is a degree of focus and speciﬁcity Figure of Speech: expressions not meant to be taken literally but as standing for something related in some way (trope = twist or turn) 5 Major Tropes • Metonymy: in which one thing is represented by another thing in association with it, as in all the crowns of Europe (where crowns stands for kings) • Synecdoche: in which a part for the whole, as in all hands on deck (where deck stands for men) • Personiﬁcation: in which human characteristics are bestowed on anything nonhuman, as in the breathing city of gentle breeze • Metaphor: a comparison as in the woman is a rose ----> presents us with a comparison that also conveys an abstraction or a judgment • Simile: a comparison as in the woman is like a rose Other Tropes: : e l obrep•yH extreme exaggeration :noro m yxO which links two contradictory words -the major danger of a metaphor is using a "cliché' -so familiar they no longer hold any interest Ex.) "windows of the soul"
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