Creative Writing Away From Home

So today I showed a family member some of what I’ve accomplished over the last few weeks. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve always been a little apprehensive about showing people – even family members or close friends – my work, and this time was no different. I sat on the couch while she read it (a poem),  fiddling anxiously with a loose thread trailing from one of the cushions. I studied her face, trying to interpret her expressions. Would she like it? Was it even any good? Was I a good writer?

I guess these are some of the questions that lurk at the back of the mind of every writer.  For me, at least, my writing is always inextricably linked to me as a person – criticism can sometimes feel like a personal dig. It’s jarring to think that a piece of work that is important to you, that you’ve worked tirelessly on night after night, week after week, could be harshly criticized or even completely dismissed by someone.

In this case, my family member actually did end up liking the poem I’d showed her. She had a few criticisms, or “personal preferences,” as she called them – pointing out a line she thought had an excessive amount of adjectives, for one, or suggesting I clarify an obscure reference – but ultimately her reaction was positive.

These last few weeks have been alternately frustrating and illuminating. It was hard to jump back into writing at first – writing for myself, that is, not for any class or scholarship contest or club commitment – and I suffered from a bad bout of writer’s block for the first few days back home. But this time has also allowed me to articulate my thoughts and feelings regarding writing in a much more concrete way. I can now speak to the fact that I love that poetry, as a medium, relies just as much on the sound of its words and phrases and how they link together as it does its substance. I love that writing short scenes – vignettes- allows you to capture a range of emotions in what is essentially a quick snapshot of your life. Writing is, and will be, always an integral part of who I am, and I’m happy I got the chance to do something that I’m truly passionate about during my senior project.

Update – Creative Writing

After a while spent suffering from writer’s block, I think I’ve finally found my stride. I’ve been fairly prolific for these past few days, and I’m happy with what I’ve produced, although I have yet to show it to anyone else. (I’ve always been kind of self-conscious about letting other people read my work, so this is something I’ll need to get over if I want to seriously consider a career involving writing.)  Most of my work so far has focused on poetry, but I’m hoping to expand my efforts in the next few days to include short stories and maybe even vignettes. A lot of my typical themes are popping up again – mythology, usually Greek mythology, memory, etc. I spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday writing drafts, and today (Thursday) I focused on editing – cutting unnecessary words, changing line breaks, adding clarifying details, that sort of thing. I’ll probably continue editing into tomorrow and the next day and then start on something new after that.

Creative Writing

Hey, everyone! Just got home after a long train ride, and I’m excited to really kick off my creative writing-centered senior project! As some of you may know, writing is a passion of mine, but between cocurricular sports, club meetings, and academics I unfortunately can’t often find the time to do it at school. I’m excited to have the opportunity to write intensively over these next few weeks, though, and hopefully I’ll produce enough good work to be able to submit some for publication! I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a few months now, and I think I have a couple good ones I could turn into poems, short stories, or maybe even something else…

Anyway, I’m curious to see what I come up with over the next few days! This is a time for me to experiment and move beyond my  comfort zones, and I hope I grow as a writer over the duration of my senior project. Check back in often to see my progress!

-Caroline