Case study #1
In order to gather more first hand information I decided to conduct a case study of how other people manage their creative writing projects. I found a friend that writes short stories and asked if they would spend an hour or so helping me conduct research. To make sure that I did not influence the activity at all I wrote down what I wanted them to do on a note card and gave it to them, and did not interrupt them upon starting the exercise.
The first note card that I created asked my participant to take roughly 10 minutes and plan/write out a fictional short story. I chose to conduct the exercise for 10 minutes as I did not want the task to seem daunting or take too long for the people that were volunteering to help me. It also asked that they document their process, being sure to focus on any issues they encounter, by taking notes and pictures.
Reading through the instruction card my participant seemed really nervous and hesitant to get started. Eventually they looked and me and asked ‘do a new story? I can’t think of anything…’