All posts tagged: creative

Goodbye, November

Dear, November, you brought with you yellow-orange-brown-gold-red crisp leaves and cold weather. Time continues on without my permission. The trees that once bloomed with white flowers are bare now. With you, you also brought life lessons. Be more flexible!, everything seemed to shout at me. Shift your mindset so that you’re not repeating the same and same mistakes again. Even though I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, I kept showing up to blog writing ✍🏽 that is until the last week of November because I felt like I deserved a much, much needed break from EVERYTHING.  November, you brought with you some foggy days that reflected my state of mind and spirit. As much as I think I know what I’m doing, for the most part, I was left feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing with my life.  Some days I know with clarity what I want. Other days, I’m left wondering if the choices I’m making are the best for me. That’s when the fogginess settles in. November, you were a 5-month milestone …

One Tip for the Uninspired Writer

The greatest lesson I learned about writing was to treat writing as a conversation. Before then, I thought academic writing was formal, an assignment to turn in to teachers and professors. Writing can have personality! Treating writing as a conversation took the weight off my shoulders because I could now approach writing as a conversation over coffee. Looking at writing as a conversation felt like a new concept for me. But it made sense. For a conversation to work, you take turns discussing a topic, you sometimes give a counterargument, and you add points. When I think of the word conversation, I usually think about in-person conversation and hearing people’s voices and the tones of their voices. We talk about pretty much everything from the weather to our troubles to our loved ones. This also applies to writing. The underlying structure of effective academic writing–and of responsible public discourse–resides not just in stating our own ideas but in listening closely to others around us, summarizing their views in a way that they will recognize, and …

On Polishing Dusty, Old Poems

Last week, I felt a desire to finish two poems that had been in the draft folder for more than a year. Finishing these two poems allowed me to let go and move on (hopefully into more poetry writing). One poem is about my experiences of working as a pharmacy technician and the other about how thoughts can keep me awake at night and how they sometimes become louder than the sounds coming from the world. They’re written in a stream-of-consciousness style. Polishing & Submitting These poems were inspired by a poem I’ve mentioned quite a bit on this blog: Louise Gluck’s “October”. Gluck uses the questioning technique throughout it. The two poems that I wrote also use questioning. I’d stacked a lot of questions, and I decided to connect the questions with commas, so that there’s only one question mark until the end of the poem. I did this after reading advice from an editor who said that connecting all of the questions with only one question mark would have a better effect. Blogging …