Flower Arrangement Writing

My Writing as a Flower Arrangement

I decided to represent what I have learned this semester about myself as a writer and reader as a flower arrangment. The various types of assignments and the pieces of writing I have done this semester have helped me obtain new insight into my poor writing process and gain tips for how to improve my writing. I labeled some of the different flowers as different tips I gained from my different assignments; I realized the importance of doing multiple drafts through sketching multiple page possibilities for my literacy narrative comic, I also became aware of importance to directly state my thesis so the importance of my story is conveyed to my audience—who can possibly relate—and by knowing my purpose I can figure out how to best organize my argument and transition properly between my ideas.

True story of my Lullwater walk

This True Story was actually a lot of fun to make. I recalled a walk I went on with my friends last Friday. The first picture, also the smallest, shows the group of us entering Lullwater. We all met at the top and began walking. We walked until we saw a big, abandoned structure (picture two). One of our friends – Nick – made the impulsive decision to climb the structure. In reality, the structure is at least 20 feet in the air and was just not a smart thing to do. After, he was scared about getting down seen in the fourth picture. He was stuck for a minute. Eventually, after that climactic event, we began walking back and found a large, unsteady bridge which we walked across. All in all, it was a fun time.

Creating the comic itself was a fun process as I the paper was too small at the beginning to accurately draw what I wanted. However, at the end, the paper was too big so it was hard to fill in the spaces.

True story of my Lullwater walk

This True Story was actually a lot of fun to make. I recalled a walk I went on with my friends last Friday. The first picture, also the smallest, shows the group of us entering Lullwater. We all met at the top and began walking. We walked until we saw a big, abandoned structure (picture two). One of our friends – Nick – made the impulsive decision to climb the structure. In reality, the structure is at least 20 feet in the air and was just not a smart thing to do. After, he was scared about getting down seen in the fourth picture. He was stuck for a minute. Eventually, after that climactic event, we began walking back and found a large, unsteady bridge which we walked across. All in all, it was a fun time.

Creating the comic itself was a fun process as I the paper was too small at the beginning to accurately draw what I wanted. However, at the end, the paper was too big so it was hard to fill in the spaces.

Sketch 7: Quadriptych

You’ve made a one-panel image with your avatar, combined two images with your combophotos, and made a traditional three-panel comic like those that used to dominate the Sunday funnies sections of newspapers. This week, I’d like you to make a 4-panel comic like the ones that are currently dominating web comics.

As Peter Rubin argues in Wired, “Four-panel strips have been a fixture since early 20th-century newspaper comics like Mutt and Jeff and the concomitant appearance of yonkoma (“four-cell”) manga in Japan. It’s the perfect three-act-structure: You start at one end, develop conflict in the middle two panels, and resolve with a punch line at the end. But thanks to a number of factors—not least of which is the rise of Instagram and Reddit—a gridded, two-by-two variant has come to dominate the internet.” Notice that the four-panel comic, Rubin claims, still has a three-act structure.

You probably already know examples of such 4-panel web comics. You might check out the comics of Nathan Pyle or comics such as “Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall.”

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Then make your own four-panel square comic. Just like with your triptych, you should still focus on telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end and you are still free to use photographs or to draw in whatever style you’d like. Focus, again, on compact, playful storytelling.

You can combine the four images into a single one or you can publish them to your post as separate images. In order to create a square in the WordPress block structure, you’ll simply need to add 2 “columns” blocks to your post and then hover over the top of each column block to add an image.

Step one: Add a Columns layout block
Step two: Add an image to each block

Column blocks are found in the “Layouts” section of the block selector. They allow you to format your blog posts with columns, to which you can add images or paragraphs of text or embed other elements and so on.

Like with your triptych, add a paragraph of text reflecting on your quadriptych comic. Describe the composition process a little bit. What was challenging about this assignment? How is crafting this sort of comic strip different or similar to the triptych? How was it different to have the middle act stretch across two panels rather than one? Why did you tell the kind of story that you did?