This was one of my first comic ideas inspired from my childhood favourite, Garfield. The specific comic I had in mind was this one.
I bring this up today because I’m working on my final portfolio for my creative non-fiction class. Before starting the revision process I felt like “YEA! I got this, I’m least worried about this of the coursework I have over winter holiday.”
However looking over my peers’ and professor’s comments, I now realize I’m going to have to re-write everything because when I started the project at the beginning of the term I had a vague idea of what I wanted to say but what was most clear was the stories I wanted to tell. However when it comes to art/writing/creating, intention is everything. We have all, probably, read or seen something where we can recognize that it’s good but we have a doubt as to what the creator is trying to achieve or say. This is something I know I personally struggle with and not to step on 2B or Not 2B’s toes for writing tips, I’m no good at giving writing advice but she is and you should go visit her and see what she has to say, but the one thing I can advise just because I’ve gotten this feedback more often than not is “Why are you writing this?”.
To answer the question, about this post, is to share with you my monkey-touch-monolith moment I had the other day while working on my portfolio.
Apart of the portfolio is a reflective essay describing “why” you do what you’re doing, from formatting to choice of content, and what purpose it’s supposed to serve. Exploring the “why” rather than the “what” is kind of like the next step up from the basic lesson of “show don’t tell” in writing. After writing the reflective essay, I got a greater appreciation for what I was trying to say with my portfolio. Now knowing that, revision will still be a pain but much clearer in purpose because after all if art doesn’t have a purpose, then what’s the point?