Joslin WA2each thing relates to another. But most of the time it’s more like I’ve been asked to walk into areally dark room with a flashlight. I use the small spot of light to help guide me through theroom, to find all the other lights. The room becomes brighter and I can better see where I amgoing. With a clear sense of direction, I navigate through the writing process with confidence.Looking back on other writings I’ve done for English class my first semester, I becameaware of several things about my writing process and style. When rereading the first assignmentI had to turn in for a grade, I was struck how linear my story telling is. Not that I am striving to be able to tell every story as a patchwork mash of time, jumping from present to future, to past,to future, etc., but there is a skill to being able to weave time, and I’d like to have it. I understandthis skill can be developed, only with concerted effort and exploration.Another of our exercises asked of us to share some photographs of ourselves engaged insomething were literate in, or an image to represent our literary process. Two of the pictures Iincluded were of me in front of my old typewriter, one a photograph and the other a painting of afairly similar scene. I included those pictures because they represent where I was at that time inmy life with my writing. The book, my old
Outlaw Bible of American Poetry
, contains many poems I admire and have had influences my own writings. The painting represents my more“broodish” tendencies in writing, and the photo represents my more “bookish”. The paintingdoes a great job at capturing the isolating state of being in deep and distant thought I go intowhen I write.The third photograph I included for the exercise had been taken in 2008, while I wasvisiting my mother in Las Vegas. An image of a perfectly intact, and new looking crayon on theground in a parking lot, there was no profound reason for my wanting to take the photo. I saw acrayon on the ground, thought ‘neat’ and ‘Oh, I have a camera on me’ and snapped the picture.