Or like. The middle of the end. It’s not the end of the end yet, because I’m still stressed and staring at a laundry list of things to do in my phone’s notes app.
I technically have, like, 3 notes apps. I’m not gonna ponder the ridiculousness of that for much longer because I’m just gonna end up staring into space and will probably freak out my parents.
Anyway. Semantics aside.
We’ve got like 2 weeks left, kinda.
Man, idk. Time isn’t real.
It kinda helps to pull back and look at things objectively–to see that there’s only 3 projects that I’m working on, and that I’m technically done with most of one of them.
I spent the majority of this weekend working on the one for E-Lit. That’s… I’m excited for it, but also it’s going to be horrendously unfinished with just the main storyline fleshed out and a taste of the type choice/perspective-swapping shenanigans I had in mind for it. More on that in The Other Blog, which most of you pretty much know about. I am too tired to link but it’s masoochwrites. If there’s still no link there as you’re reading this, I forgot. If there is, ayyyyyy rad.
It’s most likely not there jfklesjklfdjkl SIKE
So last week was my presentation, and I neglected to post my vignette draft. Ya girl’s got a one-track-mind. So here’s that:
Voice in writing is a topic I didn’t know I’d become so invested in, particularly over the the last few months. I didn’t even know it was a thing that was studied in writing theory until I took my Writing Theory & Practice course (for which this lovely project you are currently viewing has been made). In the past, I thought it was a thing writers just… did. Putting their own spin, their own personality, into their work. So… that’s what I just… did.
I’ve been told that I’m good at it (I’m really really trying not to like, toot my own horn here, really), and I suppose it’s because I try not to have a filter between my head and the page. I write how I speak, how I think–grammar be damned, in certain circumstances–and… apparently it comes out as… genuine? Colorful? Personable? I dunno, I can’t judge my own writing accurately. I don’t think anyone can.
So, anyway, it saddens me when I read theoretic works discussing past discourse about voice. How a person’s “voice” when they write is not actually them. How it goes through societal filters, pandering to an audience. But… should that make a person’s words any less genuine? The environmental factors?
Who’s to say that the Me writing for my graduate professors is not the same Me writing Twitter posts or blog posts? Surely, the language is different, but both are still considered “my voice.”
A quote from Peter Elbow from one of our readings, “Voices in Writing” really stuck with me regarding the concept of voice, and the fear we have about singing our notes, to use Elbow’s language.
“In this metaphorical world, then, even if we figure out the system, we are stuck. If we want to be heard we are limited to our single note. If we want to sing other notes, we will not be heard. And yet, if we are brave and persistent enough to sing our note at length–to develop our capacity for resonance–gradually we will be able to ‘sing ourselves in’: to get resonance first into one or more frequencies and then more. Finally, we will be able to sing whatever note we want to sing, even to sing whatever note others want to hear, and to make every note resound with rich power” — Peter Elbow, Power 282
I understand the need for separating the academic voice from the informal voice, the need to have more than one voice in writing. What I don’t understand is the believe that either are automatically viewed as an act. I could be wrong. There are probably people out there who fake it ‘til they make it, but like… is that “fake” voice still not undoubtedly theirs?
Oof, okay, that’s getting a little deep, even for me. Let’s tone it down.
A speech at the UN summit a few months back brought the phrase “Speak Yourself” to the world’s attention, to my attention. The speaker wants the world’s youth to tell their stories for everyone to hear. I want the same. Or similar, at least. I want to hear the world’s voices. As imperfect, ungrammatical, colloquial, and beautiful as all of them are. So, I have a little prompt for the world:
Please pick a topic. Something you’re passionate about and could go on and on about. I want you to record yourself speaking about this topic for anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then, afterwards, transcribe your little rant. Grammar mistakes, colloquialisms, filler words and sounds and all. Write it down exactly as you spoke it. A complete transcription.
Sing your note. See how your voice looks. It’s uniquely yours and nobody can completely take it from you. It holds your personality and soul, (particularly in a rant about something you’re passionate about). Here’s an example:
[and then I’ll link to my own recording with either soundcloud or youtube, as well as the transcription]
I have a hunch that all my vignettes for the final project are going to be mini-rants and stories. There’s gonna be a lot of yelling here;;;
I’ve drafted up some ideas so far:
- I feel like Vee’s is somewhat similar to mine, just from a different perspective. I think I’ll discuss the stigma against English dialects that aren’t “proper American English” as well as “accented English” (and how the stigma is bs, of course). I belieeeeeeeeve I wrote a blog post on the latter, so catch me referencing that.
- Go off about teaching and the passion educators have to possess. ((Which I unfortunately do not have. I’ll probably tell my student teaching story.)) Discuss concepts I remember from when I was an education major, including mock lesson plans I had to do.
- Rant about news media sites and how the right phrasing can completely twist a story. I have some sites in mind
to call out y’all I’m ready to spill some tea.
- Edit part of a piece of mine from the past. Talk about the strategies I use for peer reviewing in the writing center as well as editing in general.
I’m aware that I’m pretty behind in the drafts for these, and I plan on having them Ready To Go in the next few days. As such, I apologize for my behind-ness.
I’ll also make a note here that along with these vignettes, I need to write up a mini bio and record myself for my own vignette.
… Y’all know that meme of the dog sitting at the table in a burning house saying “This is fine”?
This is fine. :’)))
Before I go, this week we had a bunch of readings to go through. I’ll admit that I didn’t get to go through them as thoroughly as I would have liked, but Nancy Sommers’ “Responding to Student Writing,” a topic which I am very familiar with (I was going to link a past blog post here that I relate to it but that’s like… 4 blog posts).
Sommers talks about the difficulties and complexities in responding to student writing. As a teacher, you have to have a balance between editor and instructor. Tutors have to have this balance, as well, but it’s more like a balance between teacher and peer. As a tutor myself, it’s generally tough to figure out which role to take on in a particular session. But anyway, a lot of the time, professor comments are what we focus on, and it’s the top priority to help the student understand what it is the professor wants and to help the student follow their guidelines.
I look forward to discussing the articles for this week in class.
I’m gonna scoot for now so I can get working on those finals.