1 year ago for day 120, 2019 with 424 words.

Things to Write About

I'm kind of sick of writing about my daily ins and outs, so I'm going to write about some things that I want to write about. I feel like I've started to do this several times, but always got distracted by a different topic in the process. I hope to revisit this later.

  • Poetry: I want to write more poetry, but I am so obsessed with style. Honestly I have the most fun when I just do it and don't focus on the technical aspects. I guess it's really not about the form it takes, but the sort of ideas that come out of the constraints of line length and brevity.
  • Retrospectives: I've been wanting to revisit old writing and assess how far I've come as a writer. I just picked up Toni Morrison's The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations from the library, and in the text she looks at some of her earlier books. I think this might be the first time I've ever encountered a self-critical work, so that's a validating idea. I know some of the writing is awful, but some of it might also be a springboard to improved versions.
  • Memoir to Fiction: A lot of writers talk about using true events to inspire fiction. In fact I really enjoyed Carmen L Clark's post "Circa 1994" which borrows from her experiences as a teenager to create a fictional story. I've always wanted to mine the story of my going to school away from home, but I haven't yet found the frame for the story to help me fictionalize it.
  • Design Advice: As a mentor, I am asked a lot of recurring questions about my journey into Product Design and UX/UI. I have written a little about my origin story, but I would love to start piecing together a starter's guide, something that could add value for the community.
  • Criticism: Whether it's a book, video game, television show, or movie, I think it's pretty fun to write reviews of things. I think my greatest barrier is feeling like I lack the context for some of these things. When I wrote papers in college, we always did research to backup our theories. There's not much of that on the internet, but I kind of miss the academic rigor of this approach. It's a shame I took my days writing in the library on campus for granted!

Just a few ideas to start that I haven't already really tried. More to come!


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