I chose to read Chapter 6 in They Say / I Say called “Skeptics May Object” which is about planting fa Naysayer in your text. The chapter talks about how many writers may think that including a counterargument may hurt their overarching argument, but in reality, it actually strengthens your claims. “If you don’t entertain counterarguments, you may very likely come across as close-minded, as if you think your beliefs are beyond dispute.” This to me sounds like if you don’t have a naysayer, than your paper may seem bias in favor of your argument rather than including other sides to reason with or counteract.
The reason I chose to read this chapter was because I didn’t know fully how to incorporate a naysayer into my paper, but it appears as though its more simple than I thought. Apparently, I already had one when I argued against Galen Strawson’s claims against narrative by stating why they were important and should be used in the real world. My next step in revision is to try to include another naysayer in my introduction to say why some people may be opposed to the thought of having their own narrative. The only issue with this is that I’ve already exceeded my word count by nearly 200 words so I’ll have to figure out what I need to cut down on in order to incorporate another possible naysayer in my paper.
My biggest goal from my free draft to my formal draft is trying to incorporate a third form of media that will work efficiently in my paper and keep the reader on track. I’ve already included visual by placing pictures in my text and spacial by bolding the words “run” and “running” to place an emphasis to the reader. The other options that I have remaining are to use gestural or audio but both of these modes seem difficult to place anywhere in my essay. My plan for gestural was to try and include a basic running video at the end, but I’m not sure if that will be enough and how exactly that ties into my overarching argument. My audio idea was to include a recording of someone talking about their own story of running but again, I’m not really sure where I’m going to place that into my essay, particularly since my word count is near the maximum already. Besides these changes, I’m pretty confident with cleaning up the smaller errors made such as the grammar and punctuation. These are simply easy errors that can be changed in a short about of time. The biggest challenge for me is just trying to put that third multimodal piece and making it sound coherent. I guess to overcome this, my plan would be to try placing both forms of media in, even if they don’t make much sense. Hopefully one out of the two forms of media will make sense.
My plan for writing my multimodal essay was to compare the power of narrative to a long run. I’m considering writing something like “A narrative must be treated like a long run … you must take it slow for every step of the way counts”. My thought was to incorporate pictures that I’ve taken before of the places that I’ve run in and use those as different elements of a story. You must provide background (hence the warmup of a run) to get your story set in a good place. Then you need to come up with the heart of your story (the long run) which is the majority of the time spent on the narrative. After that comes the climax of your story (the point at which you hit your fastest pace during the run) to shock the readers and invoke an element of remembrance in your sharing. The last part of a successful narrative is the conclusion (the cooldown of a run) where you tie pieces of your story together with something meaningful today or something that could help impact you or someone else in the near future.
I’m going to try to provide quotes from Julie Beck to agree with and expand upon as well as quotes from Galen Strawson to argue against to elaborate why it’s important to tell narratives to express who you are, similar to that of a long run where it’s important to make every step count in order to benefit the most out of that experience. My modes of composition I plan to use are visual, gestural, and audio. My visual mode will be the imagery I use from my runs to depict which aspect of the run I’m discussing. My gestural mode will talk about how the expressions you show in your narrative works can invoke emotion into your audience or how the expressions you make when running could give any outsider watching an idea of how you’re feeling. My audio mode is probably going to be something like a sound effect in all capitals to show when the story begins, when it picks up to the climax, and when it ends. If I use spatial, then I’ll probably set up my paper in some type of bulleted format, but that’s only if the other 3 modes don’t work. To sum up, this is how I plan to write my multimodal paper.
Overall, I liked the read from Galen Strawson, however I didn’t agree with the point he was trying to get across. His claim was that he believes “it’s false that everyone stories themselves and false that it’s always a good thing.” I immediately disagreed with this because unless you’re writing about someone else, you’re always incorporating pieces of your past experiences in your writing. If an author writes a book on a child that was hit by their parents and ran away from home, there’s a good chance that either they know someone in their own world who’s gone through something similar or else they were the ones that went through that and the fictional character that they’re creating is actually a representation of themselves. Even those who chose to write about someone else such as a historic figure, has probably gone through something in their lives that they can relate to this figure, hence the reason the author chose to write about them. I feel that it is always a good thing to narrate yourself because if you don’t, then you’re basically choosing to bottle up all your emotions which could lead to a more harmful way of expressing them.
He also tries claiming that if a writer “were a free man” and “could write what he chose” based on “work upon his own feeling,” then there would be “no plot, no comedy, no tragedy, no love interest or catastrophe in the accepted style” which doesn’t make a lot of sense because the entire purpose of writing a story that is based off of something you’ve been through isn’t just to teach someone a bunch of facts about something, but rather to invoke them with a sense of emotion based upon your life. For example, if you write a self-narrative about how you got in a car accident and lost complete function of your body, but managed to survive and make the best out of your life with what you still had left of yourself, that completely contradicts anything that Strawson tries to claim when he states that there’s no plot or emotion to self-narrating stories.
He says “people always remember their own pasts in a way that puts them in a good light, but it’s just not true.” However, the entire point of looking back on your life isn’t to try and formulate how you could have done something differently, but rather to look at the bright side and reflect how you got to where you are now based on those past events. The best cure to any mental health issue is simply to make the best out of what you have rather than dwelling on possible mistakes that you made which are impossible to fix now. If you “line up these objects of reverence before you” then you’ll be able to shape your identity rather than living in the present or worrying about the future. Use the times of your past to learn from any mistakes to make yourself a better person. “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again” which is something I feel as though even someone as uninformed as Galen Strawson could recognize and agree with.