I too would like to thank Marty for the great introduction/explanation of prewriting. His examples were helpful and his presentation made perfect sense. I left class last week on Tuesday thinking that prewriting would be a breeze ☺
Even with a decent starting point (emphasize “decent” here) and Bowie playing in the background (I took your advice, Jeff…. ) it didn’t ch-ch-ch-change my world. I quickly veered off into some crazy tangents, all while utilizing the wonderful examples Marty provided us (stickiestorming, freewriting, clustering, diagramming, etc). I guess the assignment was somewhat designed so that we had plenty of room to succeed, or fail. Because my topic wasn’t extremely solid to me in the beginning, the whole thing proved to be a struggle for me, most of the things I was doing felt somewhat forced. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind @ the time to do prewriting, maybe I didn’t have a clear idea in the beginning what I wanted to talk about, I could’ve been thinking about other projects as well at the time, either way I was completelty distracted from leading myself into a solid phase two.
Jordan clarified my experience extremely well in his post. That a “solid Phase 1 leads to a solid Phase 2.” And that although my phase 1 wasn’t as solid as I would have liked, the exercise was a learning experience. I’m assuming that like anything else that we do, prewriting will become a more successful venture the more we practice to do it…
I don’t think you did anything wrong. In fact, it sounds like you’ve made the kind of observations that this assignment were all about. After all, this was basically a pre-assignment to help you pre-view pre-writing – it’s all about figuring out what you need to address.
Christian Brigg’s and I had a great conversation after Tuesday’s class about how we both had been doping pre-writing long before we ever knew it had a name. It was just the way we had figured out how to jump-start writing, convergently. It’s just that universal. The key though, is that we each had to work at it a while to find our own way to a version that worked. And that’s what you’re doing now. If it doesn’t fall together instantly, don’t worry, just keep at at it, because it will eventually!
Hmmm, I wonder, maybe you should try Air Supply. That seems to work for Aaron. 😉