Throughout this course, I found that my storytelling was constantly being refined, and I have found that the refinements that I’ve made in the course work have trickled into my every day writing. The biggest self-editing technique that I have developed is how to hook an audience. It’s so important to draw your audience in with a strong, clear message. If we are strong storytellers, we should be able to build and maintain an audience.
I have also found that writing these regular blog posts throughout the course also allowed me to feel less pressure about my own work. Not in the sense that I should care less, but in the sense that sometimes the material just needs to be out in the world. I was able to make decisions about where to stop my stories, how to continue in the next piece of writing, and create variety, so my work could remain fluid and engaging.
At first, when I looked at the course content, I was a little put off by the amount of small assignments – I usually like assignments that are worth a large percentage of my grade (more bang for my buck. Haha.), but I really enjoyed developing these skills through blogging.