Literary Narrative Reflection

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My narrative essentially focuses on my development as a reader and a writer in my early years.  I realized that this was important because those years laid the foundation to how I became a reader today.  In further thought, I have realized that many of my previous reading habits, albeit elementary, are similar, however, they are significantly more refined.

Initially, I was not very keen on the idea of any writing exercises before I wrote my essay.  Though, I decided to follow Professor Morgen’s idea to start doodling before I wrote my essay.  This concept seemed intriguing to me because I guess I enjoy doodling.  Initially, I thought that it may not be helpful for me, but I became significantly more relaxed when I continued.  Since I was relaxed, I was not as stressed. Subsequently, it made it notably easier to write.  In fact, I anticipated to only write half of the base of the essay in one sitting.  I wound up writing nearly the whole thing because it seemed easier to do so.  I also tried to jot down ideas in order to try to structure my essay better.  However, this did not seem to work very well.

While writing this essay, it allowed for a great deal of introspection.  I realized that reading and writing have had a large impact on my life.  Specifically, though I did not write about it, I contemplated the tasks I complete everyday that involves reading and writing.  My experiences as a child clearly made these tasks second nature.  I found it surprising that I vividly remembered some of these moments.  One in particular was a nightmare that I had when I was reading a book before bed.

This essay was quite enjoyable to write.  Perhaps it is because I was able to write about myself rather than a history or philosophy paper.  I understand that writing about myself is much more enjoyable because I hold all the information; in order to unlock, I do some reflection.



2 thoughts on “Literary Narrative Reflection”

  1. The childhood nightmares about cigarettes and steroid use was a really nice image that illustrated a lot about you as the narrator. I would love to have read more anecdotes, actually, because the parts of this piece that I liked the best were the details. They showed instead of telling, which is hard to do.


  2. realized that I didn’t answer all of the questions in David’s post so part two, lets go: I think we both wrote about books as a vehicle somehow, as something that takes us outside of ourselves, which I think is a pretty universal theme when people talk about books. Your contrast of fiction and nonfiction and eventual conclusion about how that has influenced your own style are really nicely done. That seemed like the controlling idea of the essay.
    (Okay I think that covers all the questions, sorry for the two part comment)


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