In yesterday’s post, I asked whether the entertainment value documentaries offer will begin to outweigh their informative and social value, as they gradually become more and more popular. As I work on my draft for this week’s writing prompt, I feel that this is a fundamental question to consider. Essentially: are documentaries supposed to be subjective or objective? Or perhaps a little bit of both? Are they forms of journalism, art, or something else?(more…)
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…)
This Thursday is Earth Day. April is also National Poetry Month in the United States. So, for this week, let’s write a poem for Earth Day.
Full disclosure: I am not a poet and don’t typically write poetry… so, why am I writing one this week then?(more…)
What have you done to mitigate your stress as you’re writing about what’s stressing you out this week, for this week’s writing prompt? At first, getting out what’s stressing you out is liberating, and seems to release an invisible weight off your chest… until thoughts like, “Well, now what?” start to creep in…(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…)
This week’s writing prompt: Write About What Is Stressing You Out.
April is National Stress Awareness Month in the United States. And according to a recent American Psychological Association survey, U.S. Adults Report Highest Stress Level Since Early Days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, more than 80% of Americans reported emotions associated with prolonged stress, and “2 in 3 adults (67%) said the number of issues America is facing is overwhelming to them.”
While writing about something that stresses you out may seem counterintuitive at first, studies have shown that writing in a journal or engaging in expressive writing can significantly reduce stress levels. According to studies covered in this Psychology Today article, “researchers found that expressive writing led to reduced blood pressure, improved immune system functioning, fewer visits to the doctor and shorter stays in the hospital, improved mood, reduced symptoms of depression, improved memory, and more.”(more…)
Originally I thought my draft for last week’s writing prompt was going to end with, “…to be continued…”. And I was right.
Reflecting on what justice is, is an important thing for all of us to do. And talking about what justice is might seem straightforward at first because we all seem to have similar instincts and innate perceptions about what justice is and what it is not. However, perhaps ironically, justice becomes a lot less straightforward when we view it from the lens of our legal systems…(more…)