it was a personal experience, not a camera left running by itself

Often students will write narratives that are full of details and movement, but sound dry and mechanical because they’ve left off the human presence, basically. They tell what happened to them, but often not in a way that gives the reader of sense of what the events mean to them or how the events affected them. It occured to me today, during a consultation, to tell such students to write as if there’s a person there experiencing the events, rather than as if there’s only a camera there recording events.

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