Creative Essays: Voice (Diction and Tone)

Daily Prompt #10: Worst Moment

Even though it may be difficult, write about one of the worst moments of your life. Be as detailed as you can.

Write for eight minutes.

As you continue working on your creative essays, it’s important to consider what tone you want to send. Are you trying to be humorous? Serious? Witty? Sarcastic? Inspiring? Are the words you’re selecting helping create this tone?

Let’s discuss what tone is.

Spend the remainder of class working on your prewriting/rough draft of your creative essay. Don’t stress or overthink it; it’s a rough draft. If you are still struggling with an idea for what to write about, please let me know: I can help!

 

 

 

 

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Creative Essays: Voice (Syntax)

Daily Prompt #9: Punctuation Social Personalities

Consulting the “Punctuation Social Personalities” handout, decide which type of punctuation best matches you and your personality.  You can pick more than one.

For example, here’s how I’d describe my personality using punctuation:

– ! ? ; ! –

Now, write about.  You can choose the STYLE you want to write in (consult your handout from yesterday for ideas). It’s your personality; you decide.

Write for ten minutes.

Punctuation is a powerful way of getting your voice across in your writing. Consider what a piece with many exclamation points is saying versus a piece with lots of hyphens.

Choose your punctuation wisely, and use it correctly.

Yesterday, I reviewed the elements of writing you have control over to create your own unique voice. Today, we’re going to focus on one of them: syntax (i.e. sentence structure).

Generally speaking, sentences can be broken down into three categories:

simple

compound

complex

The types of sentences you choose to use directly affect the voice you’re creating in your writing.

On the top of a fresh sheet of paper in your writer’s notebook, write a simple sentence. For example,

The girl cried softly.

Now, take the sentence you just wrote, and make it a compound sentence. For example,

The girl cried softly, but the little boy didn’t notice.

Now, take the sentence you just wrote, and make it a complex sentence. For example,

The girl cried softly as the little boy continued playing with his trucks.

Reflect on your own writing. Do you tend to use a certain type of sentence or do you vary them? What kind of sentence do you prefer and why?

Let’s look at the essays again. Pick one and label (identify) the types of sentences the author uses. Look for patterns. Does anything stand out to you? How are they using syntax (sentence structure) to help create voice and get a point across?

With the time remaining, start writing down ideas for your creative essay. What do you care about? What thoughts and ideas do you want to share with others?

 

Creative Essays: Style and Voice

Daily Prompt #8: 

What do you care about?

Write for eight minutes.

 

Let’s check out the rubric for the creative essay assignment, as well as the online publication opportunities.

In this class, you’re going to continually work on crafting your style and voice. This assignment is the first step.

But what is the difference between style and voice?

For the remainder of the hour, brainstorm ideas for your essay, including which publication you would like to submit for!

 

Creative Essays: an Introduction

DP #7: 

Describe one of the best days of your life. Be as detailed as you can, focusing on only one moment.

Write for eight minutes.

Today, marks our first writing unit: creative essays.

Before we get any farther, let’s answer this question: what is an essay?

To get a better understanding of what a creative essay can look like, we’re going to read seven sample creative essays and begin defining what makes an essay effective or ineffective.

As  you read through the packet, jot down the following in your notebook for the three essays you feel were most effective:

  • Name of essay
  • What is it about? (in a sentence)
  • Favorite line from it
  • What you like about it (what makes it effective?)

Be prepared to discuss.

 

Creative Essay Due Sunday by midnight

Hi folks! You have the hour to do the following:

  • Post your creative essay on your blog (don’t forget a pic!)
  • Open Google Classroom, click on the assignment, “Creative Essay,” fill out the top half of the rubric, then click “Turn In.”
  • Read other people’s blogs and post comments

Whatever you don’t finish is due by midnight SUNDAY. I look forward to reading them, starting Monday!

Creative Essays: Topic Ideas

Daily Prompt #11: Rereading and Highlighting

Take some time to pore over your notebook (you’ve got 10 entries now, plus extra writing you may have added). Add notes in the margins of your notebook and highlight words, phrases, and lines that jump out to you. Add on to prompts you feel inspired to finish.

After you’ve done this, write a brief reflection on what you’ve written so far. Are you surprised by anything? Are you finding any patterns? Are you starting to discover your writer’s voice already?

 

For the remainder of the hour, start working on your creative essay.

If you already have an idea, start writing a rough draft.

If you’re still searching for an idea, begin making a brainstorming list and ask your peers for ideas, including what they’re going to write about.

Try your best to have your topic picked out before you leave class today.

See you in lab 300 tomorrow!