Just a note to say I’m excited because while I’ve sort of secretly been doing napowrimo for many years, this is the first time I’ve had a proper poetry page to share my link on their page. & Idk it’s a real milestone for me in my art journey.
Thank you again for taking the time to read & appreciate my work. It has increased my confidence to continue on with my creative writing, as is my dream.
I‘m working on a piece at the moment that I’m excited about so I thought I would tease it here.
It’s about placing value in all your writing, professional & personal. & recognizing how seemingly unrelated kinds of reading & writing can influence your creativity inside writing & out.
& most importantly how to see the value in all the kinds of writing you do, & to assess it based on the value you assign to it, as opposed to outside validation, even when that’s also a part of it.
I have spent too much of my life considering a lot of my writing, even things I have written for training modules, workshops, or creative copy as ‘not real writing’. I’m in the process of shifting my attitude around this, especially because a lot of that work was innovative & while it may not be a book of poetry or essays, it was valuable in terms it what it was written for.
One thing we can say about blogging & the internet, is that it has opened the door wide for new possibilities in writing.
I’m reminded of how amazing things like time release text message novels & the popularity of fan fiction are. Endless possibilities. I love it.
Anyway, not sure exactly when I’ll be done with the article, because I have a lot to say about writing in any form to solve problems & to create value. Plus I’m researching interesting cases to stimulate ideas for how to continually make this happen in our work.
Please stay tuned for all this & more. I promise it’ll be a real treat for creative self-reflection.
I know I’m late, but I finally started using Evernote & it’s helping me a lot with writing, organizing my ideas & thoughts.
I like the story planning template, especially. Really benefiting from that for character development too.
I am still using docs, colornote & open office as well. I love them all & am utilizing only free versions, which to date have entirely sufficed for my purposes.
I also do enjoy drafting in wp’s mobile block editor, especially poetry. This is literally not promotion haha. I’m just excited & I have had all of these recommended to me, when I probably should have already known about them, & they’re all really useful. I literally wouldn’t have known about them if friends hadn’t told me they existed or I hadn’t lucked into reading about them.
While I had Open Office on my computer, due to an injury, I was mostly not writing on my computer or my phone for a while, or frankly writing very much at all. Occasionally I would pick up a journal, notebook or sketchbook.
Then in the summer, I began to write at least 4 times a week if not more. Again, in a notebook. Until I began using google docs. Docs really has helped with my file management too, which I am recently getting better at, largely also due to the fact that I have come to place greater value on my writing than I had in the past.
Bonus is that I can actually work on stuff so much more easily now, because I’m cataloguing it much more usably. Docs fits my file management style more than other word processing softwares. Plus it’s very mobile friendly, & the design is handy.
When I started up writing again during the summer, initially, I only wanted to write in notebooks & journals. What I was sharing, I was literally doing from photographs of journal pages.
I’m thinking of writing as legibly as possible when I feel to & using google lens more (which I’ve been using lately for screen shot image descriptions), so I can easily transfer stuff out of my hand-written work into type.
Also, random last resource update: I knew from last spring, but Jstor has made more materials available for free during the pandemic, but I just learned that you can get an ‘independent researcher’ membership & access 100 articles per month at no charge, when it used to be just six; another invaluable writers’ resource to have access to.
I know this is a long one, but honestly, I learn so much from when people talk about creative process & tools stuff, & it’s often around a thing that ‘should seem obvi’ & wasn’t to me for this or that reason. So here’s my contribution to that.
I will be doing a month of poetry in April. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone writes. Or doesn’t.
I know these monthly challenges can feel like pressure as can ‘write every day’ when you just can’t.
I have attempted to do 30 poems in 30 days before & only been able to do 15 at most. I think one year, I maybe did 2?
I try to do sketchtember & illustration october too; I’ve gotten into the habit of rewarding myself for the work I do complete, which I always really like. I’ve almost come to the point where I don’t feel shame about what I can’t do.
The good news is even these little attempts have improved my art & I’ve enjoyed the pieces. Heck, even not participating & seeing all the amazing work out there has been wonderful.
Knowing you need a break altogether for a month might be a thing too, which is super important to recognize, rather than marathoning for something which needs to ultimately be fun.
So here’s to finishing out the month of April with between 1/2 a poem & 30. Anywhere on that scale is good. So is zero; because some years that’s just how it is.
I would love to hear your thoughts in comments, if you feel like it:
♡ Will you be participating?
♡ Do you enjoy monthly challenges?
♡ Do you have any themes in mind for April writes?
We learn that writing has to be informative or narrative, even poetry. I love narrative poetry. I think breaking with reality can also be very appealing. It builds creative & abstract thinking. It creates an opportunity to take in life in different, unexpected ways, even mundane or painful things. It’s emotional & we don’t always […]
We learn that writing has to be informative or narrative, even poetry. I love narrative poetry. I think breaking with reality can also be very appealing. It builds creative & abstract thinking. It creates an opportunity to take in life in different, unexpected ways, even mundane or painful things. It’s emotional & we don’t always get the opportunity to express our emotions by reaching into them like you can working with poetics.
& when I say poetry, there are so many different kinds; this is a marvelous thing, to be celebrated. It’s such a massive field.
Poetry in its myriad forms is both generative & transformative. These are qualities which make it interesting & full of possibility. I still think that due to the way which poetry exists in cultures, it is a foundational form of text & cultural production. It is one of those things which is simultaneously undervalued & deliciously pervasive. One word on that: music.
That’s also a tension which creating poetic writing exists within. In another world, perhaps poetry would be viewed in the same capacity as any valued creation. Here & now though, such tension is in the mix. While I reject the devaluation, I also see a purpose in taking it on & working with it in my pieces.
Poetry is about interpreting & recharging information & experiences so the place of the poet in culture is going to be a part of that.
Read notes on writing process 1 & 2 at the following links: