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!