How I Let My Creativity Flow

Writing—or doing anything risky—will always trigger self-doubt. Always. The key is to immerse yourself in the process of writing consistently and allow yourself to watch the story unfold. That way, doubts won’t dominate your mind. This post is about letting your creativity flow. I’ve been tasked with writing a 20-page story for my Creative Writing workshop class, due Monday, and it’ll be critiqued in class Wednesday. All week, whenever I sat down to write this story, I couldn’t get the class out of my head. I couldn’t forget the critical gaze of “the reader.” So I judged every word. There …

It’s Your Senior Year. Now What?

This is my senior year, my last year at UM. For everyone else that’s a senior too, now is the time to figure out what you want and go for it. Some tips. 1. This year, focus on the life you want and put in the work. What makes you happy? Writing, music, business, volunteering, cooking, travel, activism? Get some idea of what it is so you can use this year to the fullest. I’ll be writing my memoir. I want a final draft by the time I graduate in May. I’m also gonna build my social media presence by …

Start Somewhere

Today I ran a mile and ate less of a cupcake than I usually would. But I’m starting somewhere. I think people put off major life projects because they don’t let themselves start small. Sure, some people change their lives at the drop of a dime and don’t look back. If you can do that, kudos to you, but I can’t and I don’t think most people can either. Let yourself start small. I didn’t start writing by putting in two hours a day at 4AM. I started with a paragraph in class. Then another paragraph at work the month …

Write Down What You’re Going Through

I woke up in a bad mood this morning. Something was gnawing at me. So I sat down to write, as I do most mornings, and just put it all down. I’m not joking when I say I felt better in ten minutes. It doesn’t always happen so fast, but I can tell you that writing it down makes me feel better nine times out of ten. This is an outlet more people need to explore. Don’t worry about writing well. Just set aside ten or twenty minutes and don’t stop writing. You’ll get to the bottom of what’s bothering you real quick. …

Trump Baits CNN; They Fall For It

Trump struck gold yesterday with his tweet body-slamming CNN. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/881503147168071680 I saw it this morning, laughed, showed Fernanda, and moved on. But the media and Democrats have spent all day crying about how it’s an attack on the press. One commentator even said, “This is what the fascists did in the 30s!” Whoa. Relax. It was funny. And it’s not like Trump’s wrong to say that CNN has it out for him. I’m all for calling him out when he’s wrong, and he gets it wrong all the time. But CNN spends all day manufacturing outrage headlines. They’ve become the …