As I write my draft for this week’s writing prompt, I wonder: what makes a documentary valuable? Is a documentary valuable when it’s able to shock, entertain, inform? Is it valuable when it has excellent cinematography? Do truth and facts really matter? Or is it all about selling a story to viewers?(more…)
Before I get started on this week’s writing prompt, I want to pause for a moment and consider what I should include in my poem for Earth Day, which is a two-part process. First, I need to consider what type of poem I’m writing, which means I need to brush up on what I know about poetry. Second, I need to consider my own thoughts and feelings on the state of the earth.(more…)
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote A Brief Look Back at 2020 for the writing prompt for that week: Write a Journal Entry About Your COVID-19 Year. And now that I think about it, I suppose this week’s writing prompt is a continuation of that writing prompt, and that journal entry.
2020 was an extremely stressful year for most of us, myself included. We all had to adjust the way we worked and lived, substantially, in one way or another. And if we haven’t yet dealt with the stress we experienced in 2020, chances are high that the same stress is still with us today. Especially since, even after a year has gone by, it doesn’t seem as if much has changed. Except for our newfound abilities to be desensitized and numb to all the chaos and persistent uncertainty that living through a pandemic has forced upon us. There is a reason, after all, that 80% of Americans reported emotions associated with prolonged stress recently.
However, the good news, especially for us writers, is that writing about what we’re stressed about can help us understand our stress better so that we can do something about it. I’ll go first. Here’s my attempt to do just that…(more…)
As I work on this week’s writing prompt, I want to unravel the fact and fiction of what we know about COVID-19. Misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 have been running rampant online. And it’s easy to get caught up in a daily or weekly sea of articles and memes and stats and quibbles, especially when things are so emotionally charged. So, before I start writing my own journal entry about my COVID-19 year this week, I want to take a closer look at what I think I know about COVID-19.(more…)
Like most “isms” out there, “feminism” comes with a lot of baggage, a lot of preconceived notions and connotations, often making it a bad word, a term or designation to be avoided if one doesn’t want to seem too “radical” or attract too much negative attention. But why is that? Why is “feminism” such a polarizing term, even and especially for women who use it?
As I complete this week’s writing prompt, I’m going to continue to ask myself: what is and isn’t “feminism”? How is it being defined and by whom? Can there ever be some type of consensus about what feminism is? Or is there already one that just isn’t widely recognized?(more…)
As I work on this week’s writing prompt: Write a Dialogue With a Notable Woman in History, I find myself finding more and more things to read, to get a firmer grasp on what a dialogue between Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley would have looked like if they had known each other once Shelley was grown. It’s interesting how there is so much out there about these two women that isn’t as well known or regarded in history or philosophy books.(more…)
Before I began writing a draft for this week’s writing prompt, Write a Few Paragraphs or More Of Chick Lit or Women’s Fiction… After Learning More About Each Genre, I needed to learn more about what exactly “Women’s Fiction” and “Chick Lit” are first. And what I discovered wasn’t too surprising. But did prompt some important questions that need to be asked.(more…)
As I read Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019 to complete my journal entry for this week’s writing prompt, I really do feel as if I’m reading a “cohesive and connected narrative with strikingly different—yet unified—voices. A choir.”(p. xv) And as I read Four Hundred Souls, I sense how this is an attribute of written Black History that can make it truly come alive in the present— this profound quality of an extremely diverse yet connected community with distinct yet unified voices, the attribute of a choir of voices. A choir filled with “sopranos”, “altos”, “tenors”, and others, who come together to make history soulful, and a soulful history.(more…)
I’m still mulling over this week’s writing prompt: Write an Unbiased Essay on Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial. And, honestly, I’m wondering if it’s possible. Why? Because I’m also asking myself: is an impeachment trial inherently biased and political? Is there a way to have an impeachment trial without party politics swaying its proceedings and verdict?(more…)
What makes a letter captivating? Valuable? Timeless? Is its inherent value defined by its writer’s identity or style? By an important historical moment that’s captured? Or something else more ephemeral and less palpable?
Why should we write a letter of love, admiration, or solace now, when it’s so easy to just pick up a smartphone and text or video chat with someone at a moment’s notice?(more…)