This week I learned that it’s okay to have a different opinion than everyone else and that opinion should be shared. It’s okay to interpret things differently than other people with poems, as they can mean different things to different people. With the poem of the week, I disagreed with what most of the class was saying. They felt that the poem was actually abusive, and not a sweet bedtime story. My first impression of the poem was that it was a father coming home a little bit tipsy and started dancing with his child. They were having so much fun it got out of hand and tore up the house a little bit, and the father wasn’t dancing his usual rhythm. Then the child went off to bed after the “waltz”. This was against what everyone else was saying, and I felt that I shouldn’t bring up my opinion because it was “wrong”. Although when we started talking about it yesterday in class I had the same view of it as another person at my table, and a few others throughout the room. I realized that it’s okay to share my views of things even if everyone else has a different one. It might help others with the same opinion speak up, and it would help with the discussion as well.
This week during creative writing, I liked going back over my own writing. As I was working on it, I saw things easily that I needed to work on and fix. I just really enjoyed the process of fixing something, and then rereading it and having it sound perfect to what I pictured it sounding like.
This next thing that I learned this week is going to relate to my creative writing. I learned from author James Jackson that not everyone will like my writing, and what I have to say. In return I should listen to their opinions and criticism and take it in a positive way. I like how he got a really bad review: “This reads like a bad movie” and that made him happy. He wants his book to be a movie eventually, and even though it was a bad review it still touched on his overall goal. That two star review made him happy because he looked at it in a positive way. I really liked what he had to say, and I like how passionate he is about writing, I also learned from that.
Overall this was a really positive week in learning new things. I took away a lot of really good things from this week and I am excited to use them, not just in the classroom, but also in my personal life.