Tutor profile: Bryce T.
How do you make your writing better?
Writing, simply put, is direct visual communication. The manner in which you express and describe your understanding of the world to other people is principally accomplished through speaking and writing: each dictated and narrowed by its own parameters. Therefore, the most important thing that one must consider when writing is whether or not they are communicating effectively. Every other aspect of writing (grammar, word choice, sentence structure, idiom, etc.) are manners of clarification and refinement of communication. So I would recommend to those that want to be better writers that they reduce their prose to simple communication and rebuild them from there as they learn to adapt the various tools at their disposal to further their efforts of communication.
Subject: Film and Theater
How is analyzing a film different than analyzing a novel?
In many ways, they are very similar. The most popular forms of both have a narrative and a distinct perspective adopted. And while the novel predates the motion picture, one could argue that film has influenced the modern novel just as much as the novelistic tradition influenced early film. The essential difference, though, that must be addressed with any work of art is the form. The creator of a work chose this particular mode to tell their story (or anti-story) and the piece of art must be addressed as such. This means considering the historical implications of film, a film's production history, a consideration of the dictated aspects of the film, the casting, etc. The unique properties that distinguish film from other literature should not be the sole concern of the writer, but it would be wrong to ignore them entirely.
When feeling overwhelmed about an essay, how should you approach it?
Writing assignments can oftentimes be daunting, and it is difficult to know where to begin (or even where to find the motivation to begin). Despite this, I always find that I have a rough idea of something I want to say in a given essay, whether that be a general introduction of a topic, a broad claim for a larger argument, or a specific detail that needs to be fleshed out. Therefore, instead of necessarily starting with an introduction or outline, I will start by writing about any of these sections that I feel compelled by. What's more, if I don't have all of my information prepared, I just make a note of what I want to say and move on (e.g. "Include quote supporting claim here"). This technique gives me the satisfaction of starting the essay while also giving me the opportunity to build an essay around what I know I want to say. If the paragraph that I first write ends up being third in my finished essay, then I know I will have to rationalize my arrival at that section and include its content in my further argumentation. I know it's hard to begin any essay or assignment, so I think it's important to make it as easy on yourself as you can!