Name: Keri Good
Major(s), Minor(s): Biology Major
Standing (Sophomore, Junior, Senior): Senior
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
Commonly, I like to write poetry in order to exercise the creative side of my writing because I haven’t been prompted or inspired to complete any in a while. Elizabeth has recently reenergized my right brain and I have been following her lead and writing down whatever comes to me.
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
My sophomore year, I wrote a grant proposal for my Developmental Biology class. I’m proud of it because it was the first substantial scientific piece of writing that I accomplished during my college career. In the span of that semester, I developed my writing within my major substantially. I was thereafter able to exponentially build upon the base I had created, which enabled me to finish research papers, my thesis, and other challenging scientific writing well.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
On campus, my favorite place to write is tucked away in a nook in the library somewhere, with my headphones in playing music and all of my materials spread out in front of me.
4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
When I write, I typically work in chunks. That is, I just let the ideas flow one after another and then I like to go back and piece my writing together. Music is a key player in my writing process because it helps me move along continuously and helps keep me focused. Also, I like to set aside long blocks of time in order to write so I can put a lot on paper at once and then return to it at a later time.
5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
I am still in the process of discovering a favorite writer. I am interested in many genres, but I haven’t been able/had time to casually read book after book in a long time, so I definitely need to indulge more in reading to find someone I really admire.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
I don’t believe that I have had it yet. I wish I could say my senior thesis, but that was not a rewarding experience (sadly) and I am looking forward to writing more profound things in the future.
7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I would like to improve my motivation behind starting to write. When I get past the hurdle of beginning, then it is much easier for me to progress through a paper, but as they always say, starting is still the hardest part for me. I also want to develop the depth at which my ideas penetrate a piece, and be able to better explain complicated ideas and conclusions.
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
Never be satisfied. I believe that a piece of writing is never perfect, and I want writers to realize that even talking about writing through different perspectives is also editing, let alone physically changing the paper.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
The one attribute as an advisor that I have that I consider to be somewhat unique is my intense visual perspective. I have a photographic memory, and I am able to visualize abstract concepts and ideas. I know many students want help with transposing ideas from their head onto paper, and I think that I can adequately assist in accomplishing that. I also love to visually work on a paper as well. I’m a huge fan of different colors, using the white board, and cutting and pasting physical paragraphs and sentences of a paper into a better layout.
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
The best part about working in the Center is getting to work with students on writing. Being a science major, my creative scope is very limited, so here I get to live vicariously through other people and their writing.