Well, summer semester has come to an end and this will be my last post for the class. At the start of the semester, we were asked to develop a persona. My persona is Olivia Sawyer, a makeup enthusiast that works part time in a makeup store. Everything that I’ve written about this semester relates to makeup, a topic that I am incredibly passionate about.
As the semester draws to a close, I am still passionate about makeup and I feel that I know more now thanks to some extensive research.
In my first actual post, which I ended up naming this blog after, I delved into my history with makeup and why it is important to me. In my post after that, I wrote a satirical piece on men’s opinions about makeup. These two pieces changed my perspective on this class.
For me, writing has always been a hassle and reading about writing is just as bad. I viewed this course as nothing but a necessary evil because I was taking it over the summer. A course for writing and reading over the summer? Pure torture. But this course assigned a reasonable amount of reading that was actually very compelling. Each week a new reading helped make me conscious of mistakes I was making. Being able to choose any topic to write about really helped to keep me interested in the course.
Each week there was a new writing assignment and for the most part, the words flowed easily. The two posts I mentioned were fun to write and inspired me to try and be more compelling in my other posts. I was writing about a topic I loved, and that kept me more engaged. This class helped me to develop a distict voice in my writing. Due to the fact that I enjoyed posting to this blog, I may continue. I have had several people outside the class like my posts. That is enough encouragement for me to want to continue.
I feel that this class has developed my writing in a positive way. I have learned a few things about how to make my writing successful and I believe that many of the skills I learned will translate well into future writing assignments.
As a designer, there is not a lot of writing required, but I do need to know how to write about my work and discuss my design choices. There is not a lot of room for long-winded essays so the most helpful skill I learned was how to be more concise with my writing. I can confidently say that my writing is more clear and to the point than it was. A lot of that is attributed to the fact that we had to use Twitter often. Twitter only allows you to tweet 140 characters or less; clear and concise is key.