Alright, woo. We’re back from Spring Break.
For some reason coming back after Spring Break doesn’t seem as painful as coming back after Christmas…sorry…Winter Holiday Break. Maybe that’s because when you come back after Spring Break at least it’s Spring outside, with all the warm goldenness and floral scents that that implies. But when you come back after the Winter Holiday break, the Winter holidays are all depressingly over. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that the whole New Year’s Day thing is set up in the most depressing way possible: You “ring out” the old year with mournful dirges and self-destructive drinking to excess, and then “ring in” the new year–which, frankly speaking, offers nothing new or improved over the past year we so enthusiastically killed and buried only moments before–with warmed over Christmas meals which everyone is too hung over to enjoy. Plus the whole thing with going back to work and business as usual, and all.
Why am I talking about this? Not only is it irrelevant to today’s class, it is a totally cliche thought. An utter waste of time, both in the reading and the writing. We are all stupider for having participated in this pointless act of communication.
Speaking of “pointless acts of communication,” today in class we returned to the writing lab with the goal of producing a complete first draft of our short stories. When we were there last week some students who thought they were done after about 25 minutes of writing. Almost universally, these students had the problem of telling about their story rather than actually telling the story. I made a little handout to explain the difference and to give students something to do if they thought they were done. You can download the handout at the bottom of this post.
Tomorrow we’ll head into the lab to mess up some of our colleagues’ stories. And maybe I’ll also get around to telling about the many movies I watched over Spring Break.
Downloads: Telling a story vs. telling ABOUT a story