In this document of learning, I will be answering the following question: “Describe the ups and downs you have encountered to date in your inquiry. Specifically, when you were frustrated or struggling in your inquiry, what did you do to address the situation?”

My answer to this question is kind of odd. At the start, things went well; the research was coming along smoothly. While it was admittedly taking longer than I’d expected, I still finished the research at a manageable time.¬†Immediately afterwards, I came across another problem: I had no idea what to write about. Since I was already short on time, I thought of coming up with a story topic as a waste of valuable time. I overcame this obstacle by writing a story I already knew about; a real-life story about something that had happened to me. With that, I began writing. Things went pretty well… until I inevitably got to¬†“the bit where I have no idea how to word things”. To solve that, I asked my parents for suggestions. When they offered a suggestion, I used it, putting my own personal spin on it. I also used the suggestions in other parts of the story where I thought they’d be beneficial. After that, things went pretty smoothly again.

My main approach when I encounter a major problem in writing is to ask for help and try to take as much away from that help as possible. It works well, as I often learn more from my mistakes if I know what I should do in a given situation, not just what I shouldn’t.

Well, that’s pretty much it. I’ve just finished my short story, and I’ve learned a few things on the way. Hopefully, my final presentation goes well!

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