In my writing essentials class through Gale online (I am taking a couple of writing courses) we are to write a dialogue between the two side of ourselves that directly impact our writing. The critical side and the creative side. Here is my submission. Remember this is a beginner course. Hope you like it.Oh did I mention that I love this class and teach is awesome!
Dialogue With Self
Creative side: I feel like I am writing like Plato does in his dialogues. He must have liked this style so much since that is the only way he wrote anything.
Critical side: Wow aren’t you presumptuous! Comparing yourself to a great philosopher and teacher like Plato.
Creative side: Oh shut up, it is just a feeling, you can’t stop me from feeling only from acting so shut it!
Critical side: Just pointing out what you are looking and acting like, others are thinking the same thing. I just want to save you from hurt.
Creative side: Whatever, I am on a new journey, if you wanna join then you have to follow some rules! They are simple I feel and would be helpful and not detrimental to the success of us both. You in?
Critical side: Well I will try, you know I am who I am, but I will hear you out and do my best to be supportive to you, after all that is all I ever wanted is to support you, care for you, and keep you safe.
Creative side: Here it is, I will lay them out like Gibb’s rules.
Rule #1 – you must only comment on the writing and not my abilities.
Rule #2 – You are never to insult me again, no name calling, no calling me stupid, no insults.
Rule #3 – your comments must pertain to the improvement of the writing such as, you missed a comma, or that sentence does not seem to fit, or some type of productive criticism that will help the writing flow.Rule #4 – You must be willing to give in. If I feel that the work is good for print sort of speak, then you must concede without being a perfectionist. No one is perfect, just be the best we can in the time we have.
Rule #4 – You must be willing to give in. If I feel that the work is good for print sort of speak, then you must concede without being a perfectionist. No one is perfect, just be the best we can in the time we have.
Critical side: Those may sound like reasonable rules to you because you are all up in the clouds, but down here on the planet we live by the law of the fittest, the best succeed, and you want to be the best don’t you? You want to succeed right? So I must be the bad guy sometimes, I must push you to be better. You know how you procrastinate! If I weren’t there to give you that push you would be like a fat Lisa Simpson.Laying in a hammock in your living room, using a boat oar to beat people to bring you more food, or change the T.V. channel, because you lost the remote in one of your many enormous fat rolls. You need me to be critical.
Creative side: Hmm, are you sure you are not the creative side? That sounds quite dramatic. Those are the rules and you must abide by them. Anything else and I will simply not respond to you. You do want friends right? You do want to be heard? Then you must be cooperative.
Critical side: OK, so this is the rule that I must concede right? Well then I have some rules of my own then.
Creative side: Oh boy really? I can just imagine what that could be. Cue the marching band! Roll in the cannons! Attention!
Critical side: Who’s being dramatic now?
Creative side: Um, creative side!
Critical side: With a sigh of frustration critical side said. Just hear me out, I will lay it out in like fashion. Rule #1 – You will listen, keep an open mind and hear me out.
Rule #1 – You will listen, keep an open mind and hear me out.
Rule #2 – You will entertain every suggestion, you don’t have to follow everyone just consider it.
Creative side: THAT’S IT? Two rules? Is there like a secret rule that is about to pounce on me, right now!
Critical side: Nope, that is all. Just the two rules that I want from you.
Creative side: YES! I accept those rules, with only two I am taking it before you change your mind. I accept! Deal?
Critical side: Deal.
Creative side: Hey this was fun, we should write another dialogue on our own. What should we write on? Oh ya she said to do a freewriting for 5 minutes of nonstop to get ideas, let’s do it!
Critical side: it was actually fun, and I learned a little about you too creative, you aren’t so bad, you are growing on me. Yes let’s give it a try and post it on our blog site.
Creative side: Awe you like me? You really like me! Do you want a hug?
Critical side: No! Seriously! You ruined it with that mushy stuff, stop it!