It’s the first week of my Summer 2022, the term with VY223, which is also my first full online term. Fully online gives more challenging with some advantages. For example, I could read more times in the chat box rather than just listen to others’ works one time.
There are many reasons why I take this class as an engineering student.
First, I think there are no conflicts between engineering and creative writing. Let me provide some conditions that it helps. This week, the Student Science and Technology Innovation Association of JI, cooperating with other institutes, organized a competition in computer programming. Instead of just giving definitions directly, we need to use a story to make them up to help to understand.
Also, I need HU course credits. So I chose many classes in the first and the second round of course selection because there were much more people who want to have HU classes than the maximum limits, so I selected many classes to increase the chance that I could get one HU class. Luckily, I caught VY223 from other candidates.
During the third round, I received many emails, telling me that some courses had empty seats to select. However, I didn’t drop VY223 for its first experience, in which I followed the instruction to finish a short story. The process, that writing sentences to build a grotesque universe without thinking of detailed logic relations at first and then adding details to fill the story, lured me in immediately.
For me, a person who prefer science fiction and detective novels, a good idea is the soul of a story. For example, Around the World in Eighty Days written by Jules Verne is a story about a debt that whether one can travel around the world in eighty days. The best point I think is that after failing to come back to London on time, they surprisingly got one more day thanks to the time zone. Points like that make a story good because it will never let you down at the end of the story with many hints through the story.
For a short story, like the one we make in the first class, a clear aim should be given to the main character which could lead to the development of the story and keep the readers’ will to explore what will happen or why something happened. What’s more, not like stories that have more space to introduce the background at the beginning of the story, short stories can give hints about the world during the actions of the main character that leave enough space for the readers to have their own understanding.