Finding Your Own Voice

I’m going to suggest a completely absurd thought about writing, here. You might unfollow me for this and say that I’m no real writer.

But have you ever considered the absurd notion that what you wrote might just be absolutely fine the first time? That maybe, just maybe, writing doesn’t need to always be this arduous process of endless writing and re-writing and slaving over several versions of the same piece and trying to decide which one is best?

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In Defense of “Said”

When you’ve expressed interest in writing, especially on Pinterest, you get a lot of suggestions for writing in your feed—writing prompts, tips and tricks for overcoming writer’s block, and do’s and don’t’s. Writing prompts are fun (a friend of mine semi-recently wrote a blog post about How to Use a Story Prompt, which I think is important information, though I never had that misconception myself), and tips and tricks can be useful depending on who you are, but the do’s and don’t’s?

Poppycock.

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Fiddling

Sometimes when I get bored, I fiddle with things. You may see me at my desk on any given workday as I’m puzzling through how to word something I’m trying to write fiddling with whatever happens to be on my desk. When I started my job, they gave me a whole bunch of little gifts, called chachkies  (which is Yiddish for trinkets). I have a squishy baseball, which I use as a stress ball, a rubber band ball which I put together myself during my first or second week when no one had anything for me to do and I spent the whole day reading magazine articles and blog posts, a something I don’t know what to call, an EOS egg, and a little puffball. I also have a slinky, one of those peg games from Cracker Barrel, and a little bell, but those were not chachkies. All of these items are necessary for my continued sanity.

When I’m not working, when I get bored, I fiddle with other things. Hence why my blog has undergone a make-over.

So, I’m trying a new look, and I’m liking the menu thing. Please comment if you like/dislike/have suggestions/have an opinion you’d like to share.

Also, please note the “follow from email” button at the bottom of whatever page you’re viewing. 🙂

The Paper Writing Method: Grad School Edition

You begin the semester by receiving multiple syllabi, like you’ve done every year. You look through each syllabus, and mark the date on which the BIG paper is due.

Determined to be diligent and get that sucker started early, you make plans to do a little bit of it at a time, every weekend until it’s due.

The first Saturday, you sit down and do a little bit of profitable research. Congratulating yourself at concurring years of ingrained procrastination habits, you decide that that’s enough info for now. You’ll just let what you’ve learned percolate until next week.

Next week roles around and, since you were so diligent last week, and since you have three tests (one in each class) and a couple of essays to write, and papers to grade, you decide that that BIG paper can wait until next week, when you’re not as busy.

Suddenly, you realize that that paper is due within the next two weeks. You resolve to finish it this week, so you have all of the next week to carefully revise and make corrections.

A week passes and you haven’t accomplished anything. Namely because you only just realized that you had no idea how to write that paper to begin with. But no biggie, right? You’ll think of something!

All of your good intentions left in the dust, it is the night before that paper is due, something is drastically wrong with your paper and you can’t figure out what, and you sit on your computer, blogging instead of writing a paper. Because you’re hoping that blogging will unleash your full potential as a writer and allow you to fix whatever is drastically wrong with that paper.

Wish me luck!