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English Fall 2013

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Casey Williams

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of English Fall 2013

UNDERSTANDING "WRITE OR WRONG IDENTITY"
SUMMARY
Emily Vallowe is a writer born in Chicago who was raised as a Catholic. Emily has always referred to herself as being "the writer".This identity or stamp came to be when she began to write about thirty books, which were about five pages long with one sentence and one picture on each page at the age of five. Throughout Emily's childhood she has always questioned whether her purpose in life was to be a writer. She began to doubt herself even the more when she saw her classmates writing stories with no struggle, because she was a slow writer. Emily used to blame her entire writer complex on whoever would tell her that she was a writer. She believed that if that person hadn't of channeled her thoughts about being born a writer she wouldn't expect great literacy things from herself and her life would be easier. Until one day she asked her mother if she had really started writing at the age of five, but her mother corrected her by telling her she begn writing at the age of three. Then Emily realized that she has always been a writer. Even though she still doubts herself from time to time she is glad that from a very young age the gift of writing was imbedded in her life.
VIVID DETAILS ABOUT EMILY'S WRITING EXPERIENCES
Here are a few sentences taken out of "Write or Wrong Identity" showing imagery through Emily Vallowe's words.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EMILY'S NARRATIVE
The significance of Emily's story is her inability to settle on any of the possibilities that her teacher, parents, God, or even herself were the main cause of her becoming a writer.

Here are a few quotes from this story showing just how indecisive and confused her thought are about her purpose in her life.
EMILY'S WELL TOLD STORY AND HOW WRITING IMPACTED HER LIFE
Here are a few sentences explaining just how her experiences with writing has changed and continue to form Emily's life.
"As the group leaders move on to question someone else, I sit trying to mentally catch my breath. It will take a moment before the terror leaves my forearms, chest, and stomach, but I tell myself I have nothing to fear."

"My mom explained to me how I would run to her and say, "Mommy, Mommy, write my story for me!"
"Mrs. Meadows classroom was big and blue and different from the kindergarten class, complete with bigger, different kids (I think Mrs. Meadows had been teaching third or fourth graders that year so her students were much older than I was)."


"During this visit, Mr. Meadows showed me a special writing desk, complete with a small, old-fashioned desk lamp (with a lamp shade and everything)."


"Chicago rests on soil that is so fertile it's black; Virginia does not even have soil - it has reddish clay suitable for growing nothing except tobacco."
"All I know is that some event occurred in early elementary school that made me want to be a writer. I don't even clearly remember what this event was, but it is something that has actively affected me for the fourteen years since then."

"Looking back, I don't know if I ever wanted to be a writer. The idea might never have even occurred to me. Yet somehow I was marked as a writer. My teachers must have seen something in my writing that impressed them and clued me in on it."
"By the time I got to middle school, I could no longer remember having become a writer; I had just always been one - and had been one without any proof that I deserved to be called one. By the age of ten, I was facing a seasoned writer's terror of "am I any good?!" and this terror has followed me throughout my entire life since then."
"My childhood was marked by a belief in many abstract absolutes that I am only now allowed to crumble."


"I still wonder if my writer identity has been thrust upon me, and what it means to have someone else determine who I am."
"Questioning my identity as "the writer" has led me to new levels of fear and uncertainty, but this questioning is not going to stop. Even if one day I sit, withered and gray, with a Nobel Prize for literature proudly displayed on my desk as I try to crank out one last novel at the age of ninety-two, my thoughts will probably drift back to Mrs. Meadows and those books I wrote in kindergarten. In my old age, I still might not understand my writer identity, but maybe by that point I will have written a novel about a character with an identity crisis - and maybe the character will have come through it all right."

This quote clearly states that Emily Vallowe may not be quite sure about her calling in life, but she knows without a doubt that she has a gift to write. And I'm sure she plans on using that gift till the day she dies.
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