In Spike Lee’s “Journal Entries: Do the Right Thing”, he describes his film that he is creating, which involved racial tensions. He is an African- American filmmaker who is not a spokesperson for the entire race. He says “All my views have been solely my views, and I think that there are African American people who agree with me, but we also have African Americans who don’t agree” (Lee 228). Lee believes that racism is a huge part of American society and that it will always exist, hence his idea for his film. This shows that his statements show that he understands the tension that exists between races and he is indifferent towards it, while some African Americans are hostile.
Lee uses his journal to lay out his ideas for his film. He writes his ideas as they come, day by day. This helps him to decide which idea is the best one and which he will ultimately decide to write about in his final draft. As a filmmaker, his journal functioned as a guide to his script. It helped him plan for the upcoming days. He could also reflect back on it when he makes another movie to see what helped him and what he needs to improve on. I predict that he will continue to keep a journal to record his success with the films he creates.
Lamott’s story was an eye-opener. She discussed the need for the first draft to be horrible because nobody will see it and it helps to write all of one’s ideas down (Lamott 280). This reflects my writing because it made me think of how I write my essays. I always feel that I need to write perfectly and then re-read at the end to make sure I did not make mistakes. After reading this story, I realized that it is better to write first drafts, even if it is just words scrambled all over the place; it is important to get all of the ideas down for the paper. Sometimes I work hard on a thesis and forget the examples I wanted to include in the middle of my essay. If I follow Lamott’s words and write a “child’s draft”, then I would not forget the imperative details that I want to include (280).
The story also made me realize that professional writers are just like normal people who write because they are at a loss of words sometimes. They do activities that I sometimes do when i write. To elucidate, Lamott says she makes phone calls and gets snacks when she does not know what to write about (281). This is representative of what a typical student would do, which is what makes this article a great piece of work. It informs readers that writers are not perfect, so students do not have to be perfect. Lamott basically says that writing a sloppy first draft is key to success in writing.
The library card was an inspirational story about an African- American boy who wanted to read. I liked how he went through such hardships just to read a book. This shows that he was curious about the world around him; thus, he was educated on the background of Whites and Blacks. He learned so much from reading, which caused him to read more. As he read these books, he reflected on his life and it encouraged him to change it for the better. Albeit he was afraid of what the “white” people thought about his behavior changing, he should have not cared. Even though he grew up under racial hardships and African- Americans hold a certain stereotype, he should not be afraid to be who he wants to be.
Books gave him an insight to the real world and it was heart-warming to read about his experience with these books. He says “Could words be weapons?” (Wright 92). This shows that Wright realized the power of words. Words can be extremely powerful, depending on the context that it is used in. They show a sense of meaning that can affect people in ways that could be happy, sad, scared, or emotional. This is the reason why Wright was impacted by the stories he read: words. He realized that people can express how they feel through words. These words moved him in such ways to prompt him to change his life for the better.
In “How to Become a Writer”, Lorrie Moore portrays Francie to be a persona that follows her own way in life with her writing. Albeit she has other career goals in life, she ultimately remains a writer. I liked this piece of writing because it reminded me of previous books that I have read. It was similar to How to Read Literature Like A Professor because the book mentioned imagery just Moore’s writing did. It explained how meaning digs deeper than what is presented. To elucidate, Francie is seen as “slouched and demoralized”, which does not mean that she just acts that way; there is a reason behind why the author included that detail in the writing. Moore also suggests how Francie has such a unique style of writing and that it is okay to express how one feels. This shows that she encourages one to write about crazy and abstract concepts because it will ultimately show who one is as a person and a writer. Moore insists that people should do whatever they choose, which shows how Francie became a writer. I got the impression that Moore is telling readers to stick to what their path is and not veer off of it to be like someone else.