Writing Process_ Writing About Justice

Writing About Justice

Every time I think that maybe I bit off more than I can chew for this week’s writing prompt: Write A Short Essay About Justice, I try to remind myself that it’s only a SHORT ESSAY. And, as I mentioned in my post on Monday, that it is a short essay that will likely conclude with “…to be continued…”. So, keeping that in mind, it was a little easier to not feel quite so daunted by this week’s writing prompt in the end.

Writing Process: Journal Entry About 2020

Writing a Journal Entry About 2020, The Year of COVID-19

Writing a journal entry about 2020, the year of COVID-19, has been an interesting and unexpected journey. A journey I’m still on, I suppose, since COVID-19 is still dictating our daily lives in 2021.

As I write the journal entry for this week’s writing prompt, I’m wishing that I would have taken more meticulous notes about everything that happened in 2020, and what I was feeling and thinking about as everything was unfolding. As I write this journal entry I’m also experiencing a lot of feelings at once: sadness, grief, loneliness, boredom, gratefulness, empathy, compassion, hope, frustration, annoyance… and the list goes on from there. And for me, it’s been interesting to note that as everything was unfolding last year, I wasn’t really noticing how everything, all the day-to-day routines and daily rollercoaster of emotions, were all blurring together and affecting one another.

Writing About Feminism

Writing About ‘Feminism’

Writing this week’s writing prompt is a bit easier than I thought it would be yet more time-consuming than I thought it would be… because once I started looking into what feminism is and isn’t and learning more about the stories and stances of notable feminists, I couldn’t stop. Their philosophies, theories, actions, stories, and work are compelling and have profoundly shaped our modern-day society. And I’m appalled I didn’t know more about most of the feminists I came across and their work much sooner. Or that the work they accomplished that I was familiar with wasn’t even a fraction of what they actually accomplished (and are still accomplishing) for future generations.

Writing a Dialogue Between Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

Writing a Dialogue Between Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

For this week’s writing prompt, I decided to write a dialogue between Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Mary Shelley. And if I’m being honest, executing such a feat at a more profound level could very well take weeks, if not months. These women have such unique and daring histories and stories and are each audacious and brilliant as individuals. Although they do also have so many similarities that it’s easy to get their legacies and stories confused sometimes. But since I’m only requiring myself to write a draft, for now, I will do my best to imagine only one of what would surely have been many unique exchanges between these two women… if only Mary Wollstonecraft would have lived to see her baby girl grow into a woman.

Writing Process: Chick Lit

Writing a Few Paragraphs of “Chick Lit” or “Women’s Fiction”

Completing this week’s writing prompt offered an unexpected reckoning of my own biases around what’s usually called “Chick Lit,” a subgenre of women’s fiction. 

To be honest, I’ve avoided this genre my entire life (both intentionally and unintentionally), as it was always presented to me as subpar or fluff or unimportant, uninteresting, or simply not serious writing. It was writing work that was easy to discard and discredit, just like much of women’s work typically is… And I also avoided it because I thought I had to be a diehard fan of fashion or makeup or weddings or gossip in order to enjoy it. But after diving a little deeper into conversations around chick lit and women’s fiction, I became more intrigued by what I discovered.

Writing an unbiased political essay

Writing an Unbiased Essay on Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

My process for drafting this week’s writing prompt is simple and straightforward, yet not so easy to do, as it’s been time-consuming and has required a lot of attention to detail. And, if I’m really being honest, it’s forced me to check a lot of my own biases and beliefs and things I thought I knew, which was uncomfortable at first but ultimately necessary and liberating. 

Here’s the process I carried out, and what I did, as I completed my draft of an unbiased essay on Trump’s second impeachment trial this week.