Creative Writing Portfolio
By Angelina Fleck
Genre Project: Beast Of The Wood
This project I am by far the most proud of. Because it was something I could choose freely without boundaries or limitations, I was able to drown the work with as much creativity that I could imagine. My inspiration for Beast Of The Wood was a combination of "Beauty And The Beast" and the TV show "Teen Wolf". A close friend of mine was another big inspiration for the partnering protagonist Remus Owens; the fiery temper and intense coldness my friend showcases on the outside was the basis for Remus's personality. But the heart of the character took after my friend's, with the same gentle and caring nature he's too proud to show.
My process for writing this piece was short but extensive, if that even makes sense. The biggest part of brainstorming: sketching Remus Owens in his beast appearance. This was a lot of work and took several days, but the end result was exactly how I pictured the character. The sketched helped with further story brainstorming, where the setting should be, and how the other characters reacted to him.
The biggest portion of my brainstorming process for this piece was the sketch of Remus Owens. This was one of the only pieces in this class I was actually able to draw my characters, with full creative freedom. A beast like this wouldn't exactly fit in a small town mystery, or a short story about a sleeping bag. Along side the sketch, I also jotted down notes about various characters, plot twists, and setting details.
To outline my text, I used my sketch as a straight and solid base, then built up from there. I jotted down notes about fantasy stories and their characteristics and basic flow of events.
While drafting this document, I let every ounce of creativity onto the page, then later went back to revise or remove pieces that didn't fit in.
In my revision, I kept the comments in mind. A rewording choice,
When I revise, especially in this story, I wait until the very end. A part of my process is getting every idea I have about the story onto the page, then I worry about what to keep and what not to keep later on.
Final Text (Sort Of)
For my published writing piece I chose The Sun and Moon. I wrote this piece as a part of the school's literary magazine, so it had to fit alongside certain theme guidelines; such as darker and more melancholy. The Sun and Moon is about the wolf, who becomes a messenger for the Sun. After Earth separated Sun and Moon, Sun asked the wolf to sing sweet songs to the moon when she hit her full wane. The story followed the theme of the magazine perfectly, and it fit right in with the other stories.
At the start of this story, I had a basis in mind for what I wanted it to be about. I incorporated a few aspects of various myths I had heard about the Earth, Sun and Moon; such as how the Earth was a dividing barrier between the Sun and the Moon. I also contributed to the fact about wolves, how they howl at the moon.
Link to The Sun and Moon:
Link to Braveheart: