July 6, 2017

So I decided that I would keep a daily diary of some sorts that just covers what I’ve accomplished throughout the day, maybe just little thoughts or feelings I have. I don’t want to put too much thought into these types of posts though. I know my best friend Warren has told me that when I think about writing to an audience, my writer’s voice gets a lot more pretentious and rigid like I’m writing an essay and really that’s the last thing that I want for a daily diary. I want to be able to write freely just as if I was talking regularly to a good friend, as I imagine all of you guys to be!

So, just a few updates about my life: I am a college student, so since it’s the summer I’ve been trying to keep busy by looking for a job, and have applied to multiple places. In the meantime, I’ve been just volunteering at various events and going to church functions, hanging out with friends, and trying to work out more, but above all that, trying to find the willpower to churn out more of my writing.

I suffered from extreme creative writer’s block for about a year after I got my heartbroken for the first time last year around this time, and I had really been using that as an excuse for not doing any creative projects. I would say that I used to write a lot of creative material, namely poetry with the occasional short story, but after that incident, I really couldn’t write anything at all. I had written a few poems leading up to the breakup and so I guess in my mind I had started to associate bad feelings with creative writing. And I really think I stunted my own growth as a writer. I mean, I was still writing academically, and growing there, but as far as creatively, when I mean I wrote nothing– I wrote nothing.

In an effort to reinvent myself this year though, I’m committed to being as prolific as I can, experimenting with all sorts of writing: politics, reviews, journaling, poetry, short stories– you name it. And maybe discover what I find a knack for later. As far as goals for this blog, I haven’t really cemented anything in. Warren recommended that I use this blog as a portfolio for my work as a writer, and focus on a singular topic like strictly politics, or strictly personal, etc. but I really don’t want to limit myself in terms of what I want to create and publish, unless I find myself really enjoying that particular topic. Above all, I’m really just trying to gauge my own abilities, so be prepared for posts across the spectrum!

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