Week 2

What did I do?

Discussed ‘Discoverers’ in class

With everyone being a discoverer of something, we narrowed our list to a range of occupations, roles and stages of life. We then broke this down into different types of discoveries that would most likely be associated with that discoverer. These were emotional, creative, intellectual, spiritual and physical discoveries. Keeping this is mind may be helpful for interpreting texts – identifying the persona of a poem and therefore their most dominant type of discovery –  and being able to write about them.

Completed activity from Workbook*

Expanding on the previous activity of generating ideas, this included going into depth on two ideas – e.g. the discovery involved and the process before and after, and the significance of the writing techniques. The story that I decided to develop was one of a young woman who was in hospitals frequently as a sickly child overcoming her resentment toward such an establishment as she visits her admitted sister. I am not likely to use this story, however, as the inspiration for the story came from some of my own experience (such as the smell of hospital food causing her to feel ill) I feel that I would able to write about it should I have to.

Practiced a form of creative writing structuring and developing an idea.

This involved writing about a personal experience, answering the following questions: What was life like before the discovery? What events led to the discovery? Was it accidental or planned? What type of discovery was it? (see above) and How did you think and feel at the time? These answers were then cut into separate sections to be rearranged, therefore creating a new structure. Altering the structure of a story aids in creating interest and may transform a simple story when linear, into a mystery such as through the puzzle structure. Breaking down the main sections of a story and rearranging them at random is an easy way to change the structure if you are stuck.

Creative Writing Task

We have been given the stimulus and so far I am pretty low on ideas. I have been toying with the characterisation of a person with multiple personality disorder (actually called Dissociative Identity Disorder as I recently found out, making research much easier) since an Extension 1 short story assessment based on The Tale of The Beauty and The Beast where I was planning to have Beast be victim to this mental disease due to his isolation. Of course more research will need to be done into this disease. I feel that I may be able to take the stimulus “Discovery is not about seeking new landscapes, but about having new eyes” literally, which will either be an issue or an excellent idea (probably the former but … oooh well)

Related Text

I am currently (roughly) on page 180 of All The Light We Cannot See by Doerr. I am beginning to break down the characters and their connections and the ways in which those connections were discovered such as through one’s relative being the voice of a radio program that the other listened to as a child and the fact that this is a discovery by the reader at this point, not between both characters who currently do not recognise the other’s existence for lack of knowledge of them.

*Workbook:     McHugh A. (2015). HSC English Discovery Creative Task Workbook. Macmillan Education Australia Pty. Ltd. South Yarra, Victoria

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