Tagged: writing

What I learned from keeping a journal, part 2

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I’m a Writer, and I’m Proud.

There’s no shame in calling yourself a writer. There’s a difference between that and identifying as a writer, and I also don’t think there’s anything with the latter.

If you don’t call yourself one, how will you ever become one? You have to embody that mindset and personality and then develop a habit.  Continue reading

Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work! Taught Me 16 New Things about Blogging

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This is part of my Summer Reading 2.0 series.

I have a special place in my heart for the books that Urban Outfitters sells. I can buy ~4 books for the price of 1 skirt.

While I was there, I picked up Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work!, a bright yellow book that could fit into my tiny cross-body purse.

This book is intended for writers, artists, and anyone who has some sort of creative passion but feels trapped in an amateurish state. It’s a concise work that states simple truths in ways unconsidered.

For me, it eliminated many doubts and boundaries that my mind had constructed about getting myself out there.

It made me realize that a journal is not just a journal, but rather a sketchpad for portraying, or a drawing board for brainstorming. Continue reading

Guest Posts Rock, and You Should Consider Submitting One

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Guest posts are magical, and if you check out the ones that I have already posted on this blog under “Other Voices,” you might understand why.

Never Stationary is just my tiny slice of the huge internet pie; the gathering of people sharing their opinions is replicated constantly, and all over this terrain.

New blogs can emerge because someone wrote for another blog and decided that they wanted their own slice of pie.

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A Day in the Life of a High School Blogger

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Everyday I roll out of bed, refreshed, at 6 am.

Tiptoeing downstairs, I pour myself a cup of tea and sit out on the porch for two hours in a earth-toned shawl, writing in my moleskin notebook.

By the time I’m done, I’ve got a few pages filled with high-quality writing.

Then I clean up the kitchen, head to yoga, and…. Continue reading

English is My Favorite Subject

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In 9th grade, English was all about hammering down the basics of essays. We learned how to construct a thesis and communicate an argument in five paragraphs.

In 10th grade, it was about perfecting the structures of the papers that we wrote. It was incorporating quotes appropriately and eliminating “to-be” verbs.

In 11th grade, we learned how to take the analysis that we had originally done for these papers and present effective examples to bolster our arguments.

In 12th grade, it was wrapping up everything that we’d learned thus far and learning how to communicate our points not only effectively, but efficiently. It meant going over the word limit and cutting fluff so that we could present fleshed-out arguments in as few of words as possible, while still preserving its essence.

In a school in which discussions govern the class structure, my evolving personality inside and out of the classroom showcased my progress as a student of English. My initial contributions were quiet, uncertain statements, but I’m ending high school with the ability to take a stance on positions that I can defend with confidence. Continue reading