Journal Entry #9

Although I was not here the previous week, we did quickly workshopped our “Into the Scene/Emotion” poems, which the writer had to place the reader in the scene and provide an emotion without directly telling the reader of that emotion. For instance, the writer wants the scene and character to be sad and depressing, but they must do so without the need to directly tell the reader what is happening. Instead, the writer must show and describe it to the reader. Sometimes writing such a scene is difficult as you cannot say the direct emotion, but in the end the story or poem provides a strong emotional tie, possibly, with the reader. The reader can also interpret the scene and emotion differently than what others may interpret it as. We then jumped into what we should look for when reading a scene. We should look for the importance of the scene, and why the writer chose to write the scene in a particular manner. We also want to look for what’s in the scene through our senses. What can we feel, touch, see, taste, or hear are the senses we need to think about when reading a scene. We also need to account for the emotions the reader may feel when reading a particular story, paragraph or even sentence. Writing a scene is difficult and analyzing an already written scene is difficult as well, but knowing the importance of the scene and what pops out in the scene can catch the reader’s attention. The reader can better understand and connect with the story. I can apply this to my own writing, specifically creative writing. Placing the reader in the scene is difficult because there are so many things a writer must describe. I believe that if you as a writer can touch on all senses and as many emotions as possible, then the scene stands out to the reader and they can connect with it in a better manner. Connecting with the reader is the most important aspect of writing, and to connect with the reader, they must see what you’re seeing.

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