Do I have to Wait? by VoltWolf

Do I have to Wait?


18 November 2017 at 05:32:38 MST

Another piece from my creative writing class. The idea with this one was that we take a few different shades of a particular color (seriously, our instructor brought in those paper sample things you use to test wall paint before buying a whole can of that color), think of various words that come to mind while looking at the colors, and then use the colors and connotated words to write something. I had shades of green, ranging from a minty hue, to a slightly darker green, to a very basic and full shade that was literally called "Straightforward Green."

I wrote this up the night before I thought we'd be turning it in, which went well enough. I got it all done in time, but looking back over it before going to sleep, I couldn't help but feel that it missed some form of subtext - what did the white land represent? why was it so much more appealing than the vast green hills and forests? why is the guy dreaming about all this in the first place?

I don't want to just lay it out plain and simple, so let's see if you can figure out what's going on here. Not that I made it difficult to spot or anything, but, you know: subtext! It's something to be felt and conveyed, not something to be stated clearly.


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    Vague symbolism is kind of in vogue right now. I think it's because the kinds of readers who look for meaning are also the kinds of readers who don't like to be told what to think, and who also don't like the take the author's word for anything (since the author is, after all, a flawed human like themselves). So while you might have some subtext in mind when writing a piece, it's often better to get it as far from being explicit as possible so that there's room for the reader to come up with their own (which they're going to naturally do anyway).


    P.S. the possessive is "its", the contraction of "it is" is "it's". The apostrophe replaces the second 'i' to make it a contraction, but now because that contraction exists there's ambiguity with the usual possessive apostrophe, so we just go with 'its' with no apostrophe. The English language isn't messy and cobbled together at all.

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      I guess I let some punctuation errors slip through the cracks. Thanks.

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        Oops. I suppose I should have assumed oversight, and not incompetence. Sorry. I think I'm just so used to incompetence I forgot people also sometimes make honest-to-goodness errors too.

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          Fair enough. There are many of those people out there.

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      Got it fixed up. It was just those two at the beginning, right?
      And thanks again for pointing that out!