With the first month of my internship coming to end, I wanted to write a piece on what it has meant to have a mentor as great as, Melissa, through my learning process. When I first reached out to Melissa, I advised her I had very little writing experience but was eager to learn more from an experienced writer such as herself. Without any hesitation, she was excited to take on the task of passing along her abilities in order to help me become a stronger writer. This is something I am eternally grateful for.
You know when you have that one amazing professor? The professor that would read your work and tell you, honestly, how it was, good or bad, but always had constructive criticism to give you. They never hurt your feelings and kept you excited to write more. That is what a mentor in writing reminds me of because it is exactly that. Someone you trust to give you good advice and constructive criticism on your work that is near and dear to your heart. The two most important take a ways from this month was how to incorporate imagery into my writing and how to map out my ideas in an organized manner.
Seeing that I am writing a lot about my adventures in Scotland, imagery is key in getting the reader fully enveloped in my writing. Melissa has shown me how to do this in a couple of different ways. First of all, the obvious, include pictures in my writing. Second, paint a picture with my words. I could do this by describing colors, smells, or even clothes that people were wearing. I want to put the reader in my place when I was experiencing whatever it is I am writing about. Third, imagery isn’t just creating a picture but using more attractive words in my writing. I could do this by creating a rhyme or shortening up my sentences. Shortening my sentences will allow me to make my writing more bold, crisp, and engaging for the reader. In addition to imagery, one of my biggest obstacles was organizing all of my ideas and putting it on paper.
I often have overwhelming amount ideas in my brain but once I sit down with a pen and paper, I cannot get them to flow properly. What do I put first? Where should I start? It becomes overpowering and causes a writers block. I asked Melissa and she advised me to download a mind mapping app. I did this and it has been incredibly helping. The one I downloaded is called Simplemind + mind mapping. These are like the simple mind maps you learned to make in 6th grade but on your phone. I forgot how helpful this tool is and I am very happy that Melissa helped me rediscovered them.
All and all, the first month of my internship has been life changing. Working with Melissa has given me confidence in my writing that I didn’t know I had within myself. Her ability to constructively criticize my work, while teaching me key concepts such as imagery and mind mapping has been incredible. Melissa has coached me every step of the way through my 8 pieces this month and I am very excited to see what next month will bring!