Take a moment to reflect on your inquiry plan (calendar). Do you need to make any revisions to your original plan? If so, why? If you haven’t made any changes to your plan, why do you feel you have been so successful in sticking to it?

It’s only been two days since winter break has ended. It’s also been two days of intense research on my ZIP skill/question, which is creating a fictional world in order to understand what components make up a vivid world. However, I’ve already made some changes to my schedule. After starting my research, I quickly realized that creating a fictional world comes from your imagination and other sources can’t tell you what to do. Yes, research is beneficial, but it doesn’t really do much if I have nothing to apply it to. The content I’ve found in my research are suggestions, tips that help point out things you were unaware of, but don’t help much with the creating itself. These tips will enhance my fictional world, but I should have a fictional world to actually work on. These tips also come from the experience of other writers, and everyone has a different process. I need to find or create a process that works for me, and I can’t figure that out if I haven’t started the process itself! I need a starting point, something to apply these tips to and create my own method. It became clear to me that creating and researching simultaneously might be the most effective way to go about learning this new skill. So my new schedule has less time for research and more time for creating with simultaneous research!

Schedule:

Dec 21st Come up with skill/question
Jan 4th Proposal
Jan 4th-8th Research
Jan 9th Rubric draft
Jan 10th-11th Planning + Creating
Jan 11th-19th Creating (plus further research)
Jan 20th Midpoint Check-in
Jan 20th-24th Creating (plus further research)
Jan 25th-27th Final Details
Jan 28th Present