Godzilla V. Kong

Recently I just watched the blockbuster monster movie Godzilla V Kong. The film is exactly how you would expect it to be, two enormous monsters fighting each other and it’s extremely entertaining. As far as a fictional movie that relies on action and visual moments of destruction I thought the whole movie was done well. Well written, well-directed, and visually pleasing with cool characters. I did not watch any of the movies that came prior to this one but I still followed along with the narrative well without much confusion. Most of the gripes people have with this movie involve the fact that the scenes or moments with the human characters slow the movie down and make it slightly boring. I can agree, I feel that when it comes to movies like this where the premise involves two callosal titans battling on an enormous scale, of course, the parts with human characters doing tedious tasks and being put in danger seem very insignificant in comparison. And although this is true, I do think that they did an okay job at writing these characters. Some of these characters are carried from the previous films but you can still grow a bond with some of them regardless if you are caught up or not. A lot of the scenes where these characters are on screen involve them trying to figure something out, sneaking into somewhere, and talking about things that the audience aren’t really going to care about. I try to think of other ways this could have been written creatively but I honestly do not think that could have been possible. They can not remove these scenes entirely because they need human characters that the audience cares about to tell the story. They can’t tell the story through Kong and Godzilla alone, that would be impossible. I’ve heard from others that in the first movie in this franchise “Godzilla”, he was barely even in the movie visually and this only created an extremely slow and boring film. In this film, there was too much involvement of these human characters and this ruined the film entirely. Godzilla V. Kong fixes this mistake and creates a good divide between the monsters fighting and human scenes. In this film specifically, there are more scenes with Godzilla and Kong than there are of human characters which is definitely the only way to make this movie enjoyable, they did a good job with that. One thing that I believe could have been done better was Godzilla. This movie gives Kong a lot of screen time and character development which is great, I love the scenes where they show him in his territory and give information about his past and motives visually. Godzilla lacks a lot of this character development, he feels more like a caricature than a character with an arc. I can definitely see how this could be difficult for writers to give characters that don’t speak development especially because they are already doing that with Kong however, as a viewer you almost feel that the writers were more biased toward Kong because of how much development he has as a character. This may be because Godzilla had 2 films before this one and Kong only had one but either way I see this only as a minor issue. As far as the writing goes I think it was great. The plot made sense but the characters did not always make the most logical decisions for the most part. This isn’t a big issue either however because you can’t expect something like that from a movie that’s about monsters that fight. I can’t imagine how large the budget was for this movie because the CGI and special effects were great. Everything looked extremely real, even when the human characters were involved too which is difficult to do. In any movie with lots of CGI today there’s usually something that throws me off and takes me out of the movie creating a break of emersion which is expected, it’s almost impossible to create something like that perfectly but this movie did not take me out once when it came to things like that. Overall though, this movie was well done for what it is and I watched it free with HBO max which is even better. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a fun movie like this and something like this is something I only dreamed of watching when I was younger. I’m happy this was made and a sequel would be cool.

Scriptwriting

A strong script can make or break a movie. Writing is arguably the backbone of any film, book, or work of art especially when it comes to fiction writing. I’ve written few scripts before, all of them were fictional stories, and while doing so I realized the importance of the way that scripts must be structured to create an entertaining visual experience for viewers. Writing a script is very different than writing a novel or writing a story in general. When writing a script you must have an image of the whole scene in your mind and exactly how it’s going to go, including the camera work, and direction. You begin writing a scene by telling the audience where the scene is taking place which should include if it’s interior or exterior, who is in the scene, and context for why the scene is happening. Afterward, the first speaking character would be written down and this is sometimes followed by an action that this character is doing in parentheses. This character’s dialogue would then be written and followed by another character’s dialogue or more screen directions. This is just a quick example of my scriptwriting process and how tedious it can really feel compared to writing a story that is meant to be just written and not turned into a visual experience. There is a lot more detail required. Scriptwriting allows the writer to imagine the words being written to be acted out by real people, it creates a combination of technical and realistic writing. When scriptwriting, the writer must include every object or prop that the characters will be using. They must keep in mind how these objects will be used when they will be used, and where. They also must keep in mind how these seemingly small in significance things are actually important to the story being told and the scene being acted out. Speaking of being acted out, acting and actors can really affect a script and how it’s written. Some screenwriters have a specific type or kind of actor that they can see in a specific role. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it does not. There are specific actors that fit certain roles the best and this is something that most writers have in mind. Although this is true, some writers just want the part filled and the role does not have to be filled with a specific actor or a specific kind of actor. Characters are arguably the most important part of fictional entertainment, so when writing these characters and casting them, writers make sure that this person is perfect for the job. Writing characters for a script is also slightly different than it is from writing them in general. Scriptwriters have the opportunity to write in actions that a character can do that would show the kind of character they are. For example, if the writer is writing for a nervous character then they could put in the script “Margret (looking at the ground nervously)”. This shows that this character is doing this specific action nervously. This can be done when writing fiction in general but the format is a little different than it is for a script. Besides props, objects, and characters the scriptwriter must also consider the set or sets that will have to be created or found for shooting the film. With fiction writing, this can be a difficult task depending on the kind of story being written. If the plot involves things that are a lot easier to imagine than create, such as characters being in space or having special abilities, or even intense action sequences with explosions, then the writer should take note of this and find a way to make these scenes come to life in the best and most efficient way possible. Depending on the production budget and team, a screenwriter might be able to write these scenes with ease. They can create the most creative and astronomically creative moments in their writing that viewers will be able to watch these characters go through and experience. But on the other side of things, if the writer is going to lack these resources then this beautifully written scene can look very unprofessional and out of place. Scriptwriting is a very fun and interesting way of writing. The differences between writing fiction in general and scriptwriting can be frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of it, things feel very natural. I recommend that anyone who enjoys writing to try it.

Fiction Writing in Video Games

I feel like when most people think of a narrative or a fiction story they’ll think of a movie, a novel, or even music but people often forget about video games. Over the past few decades, narratives have become an extremely important, creative, and incredible aspect of video games. Usually, when people think of video games their thoughts immediately go to a mindless form of entertainment without any story structure, purpose, or continuity. And although this is true for many video games out there, there are so many that have brilliant and creative stories that go along with them. Some stories stronger than others and some are structured completely differently but these stories matter and they are very creative. They don’t get the credit that they deserve so I thought that in this blog post I would write about what makes them so great, some of my favorite video game narratives, and how different the writing and story can be depending on the game. The most common games that come to people’s minds when they think about video game stories are obviously the games where you play as one or more characters and progress through a story or open world. Now, this character or characters are usually created by the writers like in The Last of Us or Grand Theft Auto, but sometimes some games allow you to create a character and make your own choices as you progress through the narrative like in the Fallout series or a game that came out more recently Cyberpunk 2077. The narratives and writing in general in these games are incredibly profound and have a significant amount of depth to them. The characters involved in the story are usually very well written with motives that mean something to the story and the reason the conflict is happening. The situations that the writers create in order for the experience to feel unique and creative are very important to this aspect of the story. For example, in Rockstar Studio’s Grand Theft Auto 5, you begin the story playing as 2 of the 3 playable characters in the game. After the first mission, however, something dramatic happens and the player is taken a few years in the future after the events of the first mission and plays as a completely different character. A few missions after that the third character meets up with one of the characters from that first mission and the stories begin to connect themselves. I believe that the way they wrote this was very creative and engaging for the player to experience. A lot of games follow this way of storytelling and are also very successful at it. For example, The Last of Us sequel as I previously mentioned follows a similar structure to its story and events. I understand that movies and books also incorporate this technique in writing, however, in video games when you feel like you have the control over the protagonist, it creates a new level of emersion. Especially in games where you make the decisions and the decisions matter. This creates a dynamic between the player and the incredibly ambitious writers unlike any other. In games that follow this playstyle, the writers have to write multiple versions of the story that expand off of each other so that players have the ultimate experience of emersion in the game, and so that they feel like every decision they make matters. The first game that comes to mind for me when I think of a game like this is Telltale’s The Walking Dead series. In this series of games, you play as someone in the middle of a zombie outbreak, and every decision you make in this game matters. Literally, in my gameplay experience, I was raiding this house and when I was in the house I stole a watch from the dresser, and much later on in the game one of my ally’s found out that I stole the watch and was no longer my ally after that point. I have an extremely large amount of respect for these writers, I cannot imagine what their process looks like and how difficult it is and how expansive it really is. Regardless of what kind of game or writing process is used, writing in video games is just as creative and interesting as books and films, sometimes, even more, depending on the game. As someone who has always been a video game player, I hope that these stories get the credit that they deserve.

Conflict

Some people would argue that conflict is the single most important aspect of fiction writing. It might sound extreme however, this is not an absurd conclusion to come to. Conflict creates a story, it creates a reason for the characters to move throughout the narrative. The dictionary definition of literary conflict is a literary device characterized by a struggle between two opposing forces. The great thing about conflict is that it can be many things and come in many different forms. Conflict often is used to dig deeper into the characters of a story, it can show these character’s motivations, strengths and weaknesses, and their purposes in the story all while provoking a deeper meaning in the narrative. In a fiction narrative, there can be one clear conflict that the characters or character has to deal with, there can be multiple conflicts that these characters or character has to deal with, there can be internal conflicts within these characters going on at the same time as external conflicts and even more possibilities. Conflict can be created in many different ways and forms and can be extremely interesting when done creatively. On the note of internal conflict though, this can be a very interesting aspect added to the content of a narrative. Internal conflict is a conflict that a character has within themselves that makes them question their beliefs and personal identity, this kind of conflict creates development in this character as the narrative goes on. When done well and creatively, this can create fascinating and unique character arcs and stories that readers can relate to and become attached to. External conflict is a little different. This kind of conflict creates tension between the characters in the story and something or someone else. This something or someone prevents the characters from accomplishing what they desire and is beyond their control. Internal and external conflicts go great together and amplify the conflict of a story when used together. External conflicts often create internal conflicts within characters and give them an opportunity for an arc. The stronger these conflicts are, the more meaning they will bring to the characters and the narrative, this will also make character arcs and character development stronger and have a bigger impact on readers. An immense conflict can create a great story, however, it has to balanced throughout the story, or else it could feel like too much to handle at once and readers will become uninterested. Splitting this conflict into pieces so that it’s well balanced and spread throughout the story is a better way of maintaining a large, growing conflict in a narrative so that way the protagonist has time to go through it and face it head-on. Conflict should affect the characters involved in the story. It should stress them out and have them make decisions whether they are the right decisions or the wrong ones. This can force the characters in the story to act with their true intentions whether they want to or not, which furthers their internal conflict. Conflict must make these characters confront their fears and problems pertaining to the main conflict. This brings me to my next point which is the problem of creating conflict for no reason. This can happen to an over-ambitious plot with way too many strings of conflict connected to it. Conflict must be important and engaging for the characters, it has to make sense in the context of the narrative. It must be an actual issue that cannot be solved by any means, it has to have an effect on the characters internal or external. When conflict is introduced into a narrative and it doesn’t make sense for the story or for the characters to deal with, it can often feel like a waste of time and a pointless part of the structure of the story. Readers will notice this and question the severity of the real conflict in the narrative and possibly lose interest in the story and the characters as a whole. Conflict is an extemely important part of crafting a significant narrative, creating fundamentally interesting characters and character arcs, and creating a creative plot that gets readers invested. Without a strong narrative conflict, whether it’s internal or external, there will be no significance to the plot or characters involved which means there is no reason to become invested in the story. Conflict can be very creative in fiction writing and I love seeing it done in different ways when I read something new.

The Expanding Worlds in Entertainment

Whether it’s film, literature, or even music, a connected series of content is always something people can admire from a creative standpoint and simply for entertainment. There’s something about a story that extends over multiple iterations of itself that adds more content, more meaning, and more passion that we love to consume. Again this happens with all forms of entertainment media however, for this blog post, I will be focusing on this concept for fiction writing. The first couple of things that come to my mind when I think of these immensely large, complex, extended stories are the marvel cinematic universe and the harry potter series. These two series of entertainment have multiple movies/books that begin a story, give it an ending, but also build up suspense and conflict for a bigger story. Each iteration of the series adds more details, conflicts, world-building, and characters that lead the audience to a bigger story. One thing I think is essential to these extending stories is world-building. Creating a unique world that the audience can see as real and creating a world that the readers can get lost in really keeps the readers invested and wanting more from the bigger story that is in the making. Obviously, this is an important aspect however, I believe the characters are as well. A lot of the time these expanding stories will include a hint or foreshadow a character at the end of each new iteration in the series. The peak at this character or sometimes characters will tease readers and draw them in because they are dying to find out more about who this or these characters are. Besides showing up at the end or at some point in the story for a short period of time in order to foreshadow their bigger role in the story, small hints of these characters can show up in the story to create speculation and suspense for future iterations. These characters are often antagonists or a protaganist that the audience did not expect. This kind of storytelling keeps readers at the edge of their seat after each iteration of the book because they are looking forward to more of the foreshadowed story that follows each iteration. The audience wants the next piece to the puzzle and each time a new entry to the series arrives they get closer to the bigger story they know is coming. A unique way to do this expanding story over a series concept is to have two or more stories that are set in the same world and have them intersect. I think this is a great way to do it because you could have fans of one story becomes fans of the other if in the third iteration of the series these stories combine together. If done in a creative way, this could be extremely exciting. As someone that enjoys when a series does this very much, I love it because it allows me to speculate with others about what we think will happen, what we think won’t happen, what we want to happen, and etc. Sometimes the speculation can be the best part, although the story may not reach your expectations, it’s still something fun and entertaining that comes with this form of storytelling. It takes a lot of people and a lot of effort to put these incredible expanding stories together, one of the main concerns that could come from this is continuity errors. When making a story on a grand scale that expands over multiple iterations or even the same story just from a different perspective could cause continuity errors. If you look deep enough in these stories it’s inevitable to find a few but they are avoidable however, it’s close to impossible to create a world that extends over many iterations of a series without any continuity errors. I can imagine the stress that goes into each work to avoid these plot holes and continuity errors, but this doesn’t take away from the significance of the story most of the time if done properly. Creating connecting stories over a series of iterations is a very ambitious, incredible way of storytelling. If done correctly, these stories will be extremely successful and be significant to the target audience. These are the kind of stories that really make readers feel and care about what’s going on in the story because they have been invested for so long and speculating what could happen after each iteration. Personally, these are my favorite kinds of stories and although they may take a while to really become invested, I recommend getting into them.

Short Stories

Short stories are great pieces of fiction writing that I feel don’t get enough credit. When a narrative expands over a series of books on a massive scale such as the harry potter books or the Percy Jackson series the impact can be incredible. However, I believe that short stories can have a very similar impact in certain ways. The fact that the plot is considerably small makes the story a lot less complicated for the most part, and this allows the writer to focus more on the important aspects of the narrative. There are no huge over-constructed elements of the story that expand over the course of multiple chapters or books. The story gets straight to the point and does not spend much time creating a story with details that have to add up for continuity’s sake in future iterations of the book or novel. The characters are developed enough to make sense and still be interesting for the readers and still get readers invested if done well and correctly. Unlike in longer narratives where these characters have to overcome huge conflicts that take up a lot of the time and have these extremely analyzed arcs that progress through multiple iterations of the story. Short stories can do all of these things on a much smaller scale but still hit the impact points needed to be a well-thought-out, cohesive story. In this post, I’m not trying to say that large ambitious stories are not good and that short stories are better. I just want to write about how short stories can use some love too and sometimes have the same impact as larger thought-out projects even though they are half the size. My next blog post will be about the great and incredible impact that these colossal, expandable narratives have on readers and storytelling in general.

Character Development and Arcs

In all forms of entertainment and even in aspects of real life, character development is extremely important. Character development is what makes the characters in your story feel real and what gives them personality. A bland character, especially if it’s the story’s protagonist, can be very dull and uninteresting. As a fiction writer, it’s your job to give these characters life and develop personalities for them that fit and work for the story you are trying to tell. Exciting characters can be what makes a good story good because the readers have something to hold on to and something that keeps them invested. Another thing about character development is the relationships between these characters. Character relationships should add something to the story and be something for readers to hold on to and become familiar with. It’s always great for readers to fall in love with these character’s relationships because that way they become invested in the story and care about what happens to these characters. So if the characters in a narrative are interesting and their relationships with each other are compelling, then the last step is to make sure that these characters and their relationships make sense and are coherent when relating to the story. These characters can’t have specific personalities for no reason, they must make sense for the narrative being written. Every detail matters in this situation, the traits of a character’s personality need to be significant in some way. Like I previously said, these characters should have specific traits and motives for their actions however, these characters can also have a moment where things change and they go through a transformation. This transformation is a character arc and is extremely important when crafting a compelling narrative. Characters in a story are meant to grow and evolve in all different kinds of ways to have a significant impact on the story. This is extemely valuable and important when it comes to creating a proper story with interesting characters. Character arcs are part of the reason the audience cares about your characters in the first place. If the characters in your story don’t change in order to deal with any conflict in the story then why should readers care about them or even relate to them? You could have a protagonist in a story that is terrible, unlikeable, and bad but give them an arc that redeems them and makes this character someone that the readers are rooting for. Character arcs give meaning to the protagonist’s journey, internal struggles, and conflict. Without that arc, nothing significant would have come from the conflict in the first place. This is something that should always be kept in mind when writing a narrative with characters.

Cliches in Film and Writing

Recently I watched “The little things” which is a film by John Lee Hancock that stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. Although the film has had some conflicting reviews I enjoyed most of it and appreciated the unique ending. The plot of this film seems very generic and similar to many other crime mystery fiction films out there which seems to be the problem for a lot of people that have seen and reviewed the movie and I agree. This however got me thinking about generic “cliche” plots not only in film but in fiction writing as well. Most people complain and would say that they don’t enjoy films or books that have a similar plot or similar characters that have been used over and over again in other content. I can agree to some extent however I believe if done right, fiction can still be enjoyable with these common tropes. The film “The Little Things” has that classic trope of the big city cop turned small-town cop that goes back to the city to help on a case and ends up getting hooked on that case with a relatively new detective from the city. Yes, this is a common plot used in these types of movies and writing but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. Sometimes in fiction, good characters and chemistry between those characters can be what makes the story. In the case of this film, I found the relationship between the two protagonists very fun and likable. With fiction the possibilities are endless so if a common cliche is being used for the main plot, these character relationships are going to be very important for making the story interesting and not cookie cutter. These characters need to have the ability to keep the readers invested so that the audience cares about them and what happens to them. It’s one of the many ways to keep the audience engaged in the reading. Besides characters and their relationships, another element important to have in these commonly used plots is some form of mystery. These plots are used commonly so a reader may have a sense of what’s going to happen next. I believe that in these plots there should be something, even if it’s a very minor change, that throws readers off. If you lead the readers to a direction that is obvious in a story that is commonly used, there is nothing that separates this specific story from the rest. There needs to be a plot element that throws the audience off or at least teases that the story can go in another direction. This does not have to be something crazy or out of place, it can be very subtle. The film “The Little Things” gave me this feeling. As the plot moved forward, I wasn’t able to figure out what was going to happen next even though the story felt very familiar. I was not on the edge of my seat or anything like that but my curiosity was peaked when it came to the direction that the characters were going in. And this brings me to my next point which is the ending. Again same as the element of mystery, I don’t think that these cliche stories need to have a very drastic, dramatic, and jaw-dropping ending to be compelling and different. There is beauty in subtlety when it comes to fiction in my opinion, an ending that feels right or one that doesn’t even feel right that clicks in your head can be exhilarating. Without spoilers “The Little Things” has a very subtle compelling ending that I don’t think many people could have predicted. I actually really liked the ending of this film despite what many critics say. I thought that it flipped the title of the film on its head and reversed the way that the audience was thinking for most of the film. In commonly used plots like the one in this film, an ending like this can be very beneficial in fiction writing as well. Once again I don’t think that all cliche plots in film or writing are a bad thing, sometimes a story being cliche is what makes it entertaining. In the case where a writer or director wants to do something a little different, I don’t think there is any wrong with trying new things creatively which is what I think John Lee Hancock was doing with this film. Readers appreciate familiarity with a small hint of something different.

Music and Writing

In this blog post, I want to write about the relationship between music and writing. Some people may believe that music and writing have no correlation what so ever and that may be how some people feel however, I don’t think that could be any more false. For me personally, music inspires me just as much as real-life experiences do, and I mean inspires me to do anything. I feel that the two things that allow you to express your emotions the most are music and writing, in whatever format that may be in. That means the two go hand in hand. Music tells a story in a million different ways, as you listen to the lyrics or even just the instrumental itself you subconsciously create a story thread in your mind that brings in thoughts and lets them go simultaneously. And this happens whether the song is literally telling a story or not. This is also applied on a larger scale when it comes to albums, especially when an artist synchronizes their songs in order or adds skits and more immersive details like that. Besides the fact that music is similar to fiction writing when it comes to storytelling, music also can inspire you with new ideas and bring you back to a specific memory. There are times when you can revisit a song and it will bring you back to a specific moment or moments in your life. This can cause you to remember things that you previously forgot, remember what you smelt at the time of the memory, what you felt, and more feelings. This incredible feeling of nostalgia can often inspire new ideas and thoughts moving forward in life. And since music and writing go hand and hand these ideas can be brought into your writing in ways you wouldn’t expect. Music can inspire world-building when it comes to fiction writing or even relationships that the characters have. Everyone has their own individual thoughts when listening to a song that reminds them of specific things, and if you put those thoughts on paper you can definitely take something from that and use it when writing. Emotions are very powerful in the mind and body when listing to music and reading or watching a story; these emotions can often help when creating characters or putting yourself in the shoes of that character. Music can often take me places when I get into that flow state, and the same can be said about writing. Sometimes when I write I listen to music to keep myself in a flow state and to keep myself from being distracted. I know that for some people music can actually be a distraction, and if you aren’t passionate about music I can see this being a possibility however if you do have a love for music it can be very helpful. Some people like to simply listen to relaxing “lofi” sounds to stay in a flow state of work and I would recommend trying this method. The music can keep you in that peak productive state, it’s also very relaxing and carefree. I will listen to these “lofi” instrumentals when writing but I like to put all of my music on shuffle sometimes when I’m working. There’s no particular reason that I do this besides the reason that I just like to listen to my music, but when I do this I get a range of different types of music and old and new music. I feel like this keeps the thoughts in my brain fresh and new and I convert this energy into unique concepts in my writing. Again, I don’t think that music and writing go together for everyone, especially if you aren’t very passionate about music, but I will recommend someone to try at least. You may discover something new about yourself or find a process that works better for you when you’re in a flow state. The music can bring thoughts and ideas in your head that you wouldn’t have otherwise and this can really help when writing not only fiction but any kind of writing. Not only can these ideas be helpful in your writing but the music can also keep you focused on your work if you don’t find the music distracting. Try different kinds of music in order to find what suits your workflow state the best, everyone has a different preference when it comes to working, music, and writing.

Hello world!

Hello world. My name is Kolby Harris, I am a 20-year-old sophomore with a film and media arts major. I like to consider myself a fun, thoughtful, creative person that loves to push the limits of imagination. My experience with fiction as the reader has always been fun and interesting. Fiction has always been my favorite genre to read or consume when it comes to entertaining content. When I was younger I read a lot of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and many more of the popular action/adventure fiction books of that time. I gravitate more toward action/adventure and fantasy fiction however, I still enjoy other types of fiction such as drama, mystery, or realistic fiction. I can’t name a specific author that would be my favorite but there are many that I find very talented. Although fiction may be my favorite genre, I enjoy other types of readings as well as I said previously. Besides action/adventure, mystery, and fantasy, I also love nonfiction, drama, and screenplays since I like scriptwriting. One of my favorite nonfiction books is “How to be an Anti-racist” by Ibram X. Kendi. I found this book to be extremely interesting and profound, I believe everyone should read this book because it educates those who are not exactly in touch with a lot of the problems the world is facing today. I would say my experience as a writer is skilled, I’ve been writing for an immense amount of time and I love doing it. It’s my favorite way to express myself and the best way to get my thoughts on paper and out of my head. I enjoy writing stories, information pieces, and just coming up with ideas through writing. I may be skilled but I’m always looking to improve these skills. I would say that I write frequently, mainly because of school work but that definitely doesn’t take up all of my time writing. I spend some free time writing and working on things to push myself beyond my creativity. I used o own a journal I would constantly write my thoughts and creative ideas into, then as I became older and got a laptop I didn’t see the purpose anymore. I don’t think that was a proper way of thinking though because if I had a journal now, then I would keep it on me most of the time and be able to write things down at any moment instead of waiting until I got back to my computer. Perhaps I’ll get a journal again and try it to see how things work. I’ve never written for a public audience before, this blog will be my first time but most of the writing I do now is for school. I signed up for this class because I love fiction and I love to create and write stories of my own. Creating stories, characters, and worlds are some of my favorite things about writing, I feel like the possibilities are endless and I have control over all aspects of it. I feel that this class will present me with opportunities to grow my creative abilities and push me out of my comfort zone. I hope that we do fun activities that allow us to collaborate on projects and give my peers ideas and vise versa. I think that a collective of creative writing students can work very well together and feed off of each other to create stories, worlds, and characters that readers can love and enjoy, and that is why I took this class. I hope to learn more about fiction writing, character development, and the importance of perspective along with many other things and aspects of fiction. I’m excited for the readings in this class because I feel like going over them as a class and dissecting them is going to make all of us better writers in general. I love consuming new content so this is definitely something I’m looking forward to. I am not familiar with the authors but I’m excited to get to know them, their stories, and their writing style. I’m also excited to learn from these authors and hopefully, their stories will inspire the work I do in the future. There isn’t really anything that I’m too nervous about but I feel like somethings will come up eventually. For example, there could be a project or blog post that I’m stressed about but it’s nothing I can’t overcome. I’m excited to see where the future takes me and I’m ready to improve my creative writing skills.