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Notes on writing process 4: Another note about notes & various digital paraphernalia


Hello from here dear blogosphere,

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.

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.

…I knew  from last spring, but Jstor has made more materials available for free during the pandemic. 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.

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.

💜nrk🎶


© Niliema Karkhanis

What I’ve learned about myself as a writer

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My writing never needed anyone. That is a lesson I’ve had to learn. Of course it needs & deserves to be read by those who appreciate it, by an audience which wants to understand & care about what I make. However, I always thought I needed someone in my life to care about it. I have felt that with my drawings & illustrations as well.

In the past year or so, I’ve come to realize that only I need my writing & drawing for them to deserve to exist.

I have continued always to make work when I can because I have needed & always need creativity in my life for my well-being. In terms of audience, I follow the tenet that making art which you wish to engage with in the world is what we do, need to do. & this I truly believe in; especially in terms of the socially conscious aspect, this will be eternally necessary. You want people to get something out of the work you release, to benefit from it in some way. I very much want that.

What I’ve learned about myself is that in order to get to that work, I need to focus on making stuff for me, enough of it, which may or may not make it out there.

Different than the squirreling creations away as I have done, it’s more about being really present in constructing a process for my work which transcends my insecurities, doubts & my centring lack versus plentiful expression.

Nothing taught me this more than coming to terms with the tension between access & production in a world which doesn’t place adequate value on artists’ labour.

While I value art to such a degree it’s very difficult to put into words, I like many cultural producers, have had to face these contradictions by simultaneously addressing them within ourselves, as well as in the world. Like I had to learn to value my whole person as an artist as much as I value art itself.

Art is a gift I give myself every day. I do that by thinking about what I’m missing & asking myself what do we need to be immersed in artistically to survive & feel connected in this world?

Ⓒ Niliema Karkhanis

Note: I was going to make this part of my series on the writing process. But it felt very personal, a reflection of what I’ve been through in the past year in general & as a writer. So I thought I’d post it as a musing. Also to encourage you to love & nourish your art self.

💜 nrk

Notes on writing process 3: The value of poetry

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 […]

Notes on writing process 3: The value of poetry

What informs your work of late?

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I’m inspired by more things than I could ever count. Lately I’ve had Samuel Beckett & Tori Amos on my mind while writing.

If you feel like it, please leave a comment with what’s been informing your art & writing lately.

 Ⓒ Niliema Karkhanis

💜 Notes on writing process 2: play 💜

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Happiness Maker 

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Play

Poetry is a lot about word play. That’s why what I discussed in my earlier post: Notes on writing process 1 is so important. If you let yourself get even that sliver of an idea out of you, wherever you put your words, you are likely beginning to get […]

Notes on writing process 2: play

© Niliema Karkhanis

Notes on writing process 2: play

Photo by Happiness Maker from Pexels
Text by nrk

Play

Poetry is a lot about word play. That’s why what I discussed in my earlier post: Notes on writing process 1 is so important. If you let yourself get even that sliver of an idea out of you, wherever you put your words, you are likely beginning to get deeper into a poetic concept, feeling, or idea you are ready to really work with.

However you work, whether it’s hand-writing, typing on a computer &/or working on a phone, part of the writing process is to really feel intuitive & playful with your chosen writing medium: they all have their benefits. They are all tools & practices which contribute to the way we can play with words.

For example, I use the wp block editor on my phone to structure rhythm & rhyme in especially my shorter rhyming poetry, as well as to give myself space to get concepts & words down concisely, then re-order them for flow.

I definitely play differently with words when I write in a notebook, & even still differently when I work in a sketchbook. On paper, I generally incorporate drawings & I can keep my edits in very visual playful ways, where I can revisit my writing process. It’s pretty to look at cursive as well.

I am very inspired by the shapes of words & letters as well as the linguistic elements of writing. Working between pen & paper, print & different forms of technology is a gift we have in this era. It gives us such broad opportunity to understand how our art works in different formats; & how our writerly process can build using innovative methods & alternating tools analogue & digital facets & tools.

Whatever methods you are using, it’s important to really play around with what the medium has to offer as well as how you interact with it.

Of course your individual style & writing needs will be informed by tools, & also very much independent of them.

We often judge ourselves when we are being creative, & that’s going to happen. Of course, do please try & be gentle with you…easier said than done, I know. I encourage you, rather than judging yourself or trying to be less judgemental, to try observation of your writing methods & patterns. It’s so much more important.

An observation I’ve made on my own writing is that, almost unequivocally; when I’m playing with words & connecting them to a poetic observation or experience, I try to work with a dichotomy of combining every day writing & speech with unexpected usages which sometimes surprise even me. I try to reach as far away from the every day to get to these juxtapositions.

This is a structuring principal I use for my free verse & prose poetry, which I consider to be my main. I like to break dichotomies. It’s a method I have found very enjoyable & I feel it brings out my voice.

There are a plethora of other word play techniques which offer different & interesting momentum for poetic stories. Combining them is also infinitely fascinating.

In addition to play & observation of patterns, poetry is about observing poetic relationships in art & life; including, but not limited to, other forms which use words such as music or movies. This isn’t just about inspiration, it’s about relational elements in story-telling. This is where we get into discussions of meaning, wordplay & poetics. That’s a whole other post, dear blogosphere. Thanks for being here for this one. 💜

© Niliema Karkhanis

Note: I have been focusing on poetry writing because poetic writing methods are indispensable skills for literally all forms of writing & creative work. It’s fun too, & can help to bring interst & joy into all that you do. 💜