Thursday, March 31, 2016

Journal 5 from Mika

Journal 5
The most important and educational idea I noticed in this chapter was the idea of "Telling the truth" in creative nonfiction. The section of the chapter that discussed "what the truth is" was interesting because it was honest when describing 'truth" in writing. This paragraph acknowledged that memory Isn't always exact by saying "Memory is selective" (Starkey, 181). Over time, our minds can slightly or significantly alter our memory, exaggerating or downplaying certain details of events. Although memory isn't always the most accurate, we often have to trust it when writing personal experiences in creative nonfiction. Telling the truth in writing is often difficult or painful for the writer, however, raw, honest, ideas and events often make for the best writing material. In this chapter, Laurie Lynn Daimond explains this by stating, "Tell the truth, even if it makes you wince" which is surprisingly good advice for writers.

I found the essay I liked on The first think I noticed about this essay was the unusual title, Sin. The author used a lot of comparisons in this essay. I really liked that the author included a lot of nature and country aspects of life in his essay. It also kind of includes a flashback because he describes attending church as a kid. He set a field on fire, starting with some hay, then lied to cover it up. He also stole matches to start the fire. I think he considered his lying and theft more of a sin than the actual arson. 

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