The semester is almost over and I’m starting to finally feel like maybe I can breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. I decided to teach freshman English this year and it was harder than I expected.
But also better than I expected.
Here is a list of the research topics they chose:
Violent Video Games
Pro-Eating Disorder websites.
FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) syndrome associated with Facebook etc.
Anonymity vs. Security
New Media in Elections
Parent/Child relationships online
Truth vs. Untruths spread by social media
Women and Pornography
Pornography and the brain
Race and Social Media
Sports and Social Media
And more. While these papers were long and long and long (I required them to be long) and I had to grade them (my least favorite thing in the whole wide world), they were also interesting. Fascinating in some cases. And gave me lots of writing ideas.
Question for the writers: Do you ever consider writing non-fiction? If so, what kind of non-fiction? What about a novel for adults? How would your brain have to shift to do that kind of writing? Why did you decide to write the things you write?
Question for readers: What do you read and why? Do you ever read outside your preferred genre? Why? When? Have you ever gone a historical fiction binge? A self-help binge? A graphic novel binge? When? Why?
I love how life can inform my profession. The good. The bad. The sad. The happy. All of it can make me a richer writer.