Creative Self Reflection

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I am not a creative person. Some individuals are born to be poets, actor and artist because they seem to have creativity and imagination infused into them. However, I am an accounting major who accepted a long time ago that I have logic and organization infused into me. I am wired to approach everything in steps, similar to solving a math problem. This is why I think of writing as a step-by-step process. This semester I focused on how to take a chaotic mess of information and techniques and narrow it down into an organized, well thought out essay. I found that even though this process can change based on the assignment, it usually happens in two phases: collecting materials and drafting ideas. The first essay I wrote this semester was an analysis paper on Cape Fear which helped me to adjust to writing about film, something I was not familiar with. In fact, this was the first time I wrote a paper about a film as opposed to a book or article. I was not really sure what to look for in film other than the storyline, and I am sure I was not the only one in class with this problem. Our first prewriting assignment helped me to look more at the picture and technique. We used a reading from A Short Guide to Writing About Film which showed a chart of …show more content…
All of my sources came from the Ole Miss virtual library, but I changed what reviews I used several times. My goal was the find three movie review on Full Metal Jacket that were equally well written, but this brought different ideas to the paper. Another activity we did during the material gathering page was a signal phrase and citing exercise. I still remembered from high school and Writing 101 how to do this, but I usually slack off on signal phrases. This made me isolate some of my quotes and spend time solely thinking about signal phrases. Now that I had all of the materials I needed for the paper I moved onto

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