Musings

Taking An Unintended Hiatus

I’ve been slacking lately—not in school work or my jobs, but in general enjoyment. I’ve been slacking when it comes to taking care of my mental health, and I’ve been forgetting that my blog even exists. (I know, I know. How could a writer ever forget their blog, right?) It’s been three months since my unintended last post. Continue reading “Taking An Unintended Hiatus”

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College, Writing

I Wanted a Life of ‘Professional Writing’

Over the last two and a half years, one of the most common questions I’ve been asked on campus is, “What exactly to do Pro. Writing majors do?”

Well, I can tell you this: we certainly don’t learn how to stare out the window and write the next Great American Novel. Most of our nights are filled with writer’s block, procrastination, and endless amounts of coffee. At Champlain, a lot of our focus is placed on our futures: where do we see ourselves in five years? What do we really want to do with our lives? Continue reading “I Wanted a Life of ‘Professional Writing’”

Poems?, Writing

“Happy” Poetry Isn’t as Easy as It Looks

I used to read love poems quite often when I was in the early stages of becoming a writer. They’re like the introductory section of a textbook. Simple, yet sweet, using basic literary devices in a way that’s easy to comprehend. It’s what everyone writes first. And that, in and of itself, is the problem. Continue reading ““Happy” Poetry Isn’t as Easy as It Looks”

Editing

Let’s Talk About Revision

By this point in your life, I’m sure you’ve heard people tell you that reading your work out loud is important. Re-read it three times before submitting it. Have someone else read it over; maybe they’ll catch an error you didn’t. As tedious as it all is, there’s an advantage to these suggestions: a solid, well-revised piece of work. But what does that actually look like? Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Revision”

Editing, It's a Process

Here’s to Late Night Editing

My portfolio’s composed of ten different pieces: A mix of poetry and prose. I’ve edited five of them so far. The problem is, knowing me, I’ll just go back and change everything I did tomorrow. Oh well. At least I tried.

One of the ways you know you’re improving as a writer is by going back to a piece that you thought was totally awesome at the time and realizing, “Oh my gosh… This is horrible.” I’ve changed so much about every piece so far: Sentence structure, wording, phrases… I’ve even added sections in that should have been there in the first place. It’s sort of funny to think about. When I wrote those between January and now, I thought they were the best they could be. Boy, was I wrong. Continue reading “Here’s to Late Night Editing”