Tag Archives: motivation

Friday Reflections: Change

This Friday’s topic: change.

Brainstorm

Before I put my thoughts into your head, go ahead and brainstorm on the topic change. Dish out as many words and phrases as possible about “change”!

Change

The word has several meanings. Perhaps the first thing you think of is the most common meaning: “to become different” (definition courtesy: Merriam-Webster). One could also be talking about petty cash. Or one could mean “change” as in, a change of clothes. You could extend the word to say changeup (like in Baseball), or even changeling.

Maybe you could create a new word compounding “change” and something else, to suit the needs of your poem or narrative!

What about common phrases or statements with the word “change”? Like “winds of change” or “be the change you want to see.” And they do say that the only constant thing is change – however much it sounds like an oxymoron.

Try writing a creative piece (poem, short story, anything!) that takes one such cliché phrase and gives it a fresh perspective or new meaning!

You could run a google (image) search and use some of the results as prompts!

More on Change

Ten years of writing, and I still try to tackle the ideas of change and changelessness in a lot of my poems and stories. And every new writing experience offers a fresh perspective on how the world works. Perhaps it’s because the very way we write and the things we write about also change with time.

The Writer in You

One of the things you could write about is how much you may have changed as a writer/artist, across the years. If you happen to save most of your work (I do; truly unique is this experience of reading your younger self after so many years!), you could go back and review some of your oldest stuff. My time capsule letter exercises serve this purpose: my changes as a writer become clear to me.

Depending on how far back you go, there may be obvious external changes while drawing comparisons between then and now– in your handwriting (the difference was…too great, in my case) or grammar. Your style may have changed significantly. The themes you cover in your writing may have changed. What had you given importance to then? What do you give importance to now?

Your preference in writing forms and genres may have also changed! Perhaps you use different literary devices now compared to then!

Obviously, we also experience change on a psychological level.

What had you expected of yourself as a writer all those years ago? What drove you as a writer in the beginning? Is your motivation the same?

Of course, we change not only as writers, but as people.

Are there things about yourself you wish wouldn’t change, even five, ten, or twenty years from now?

Perhaps, on the contrary–there is something in yourself that you wish desperately to change?

Don’t forget to explore the reasons behind all of your answers!

The Changing World

Apart from reading and writing, writers constantly have to observe the world around them. Great literature has acted as a mirror, faithfully reflecting the way the world worked; it has also acted like a lamp (think M. H. Abrams’ The Mirror and the Lamp) – as Wikipedia says:

In a powerful contrast, Abrams shows that until the Romantics, literature was usually understood as a mirror, reflecting the real world, in some kind of mimesis; but for the Romantics, writing was more like a lamp: the light of the writer’s inner soul spilled out to illuminate the world.

How does your writing reflect the world around you? How do you capture the changing world, or perhaps the changeless world, in your work?

Happy Writing!

Before I close, I’ll just share a link to this blog post, in which Mr. Brewer questions what it means to be a writer in this day and age. The publishing industry has changed drastically over the past decade thanks to the ebook revolution; being “published” has a whole new meaning, now. So these changes within our field of work are something else you could journal about!

With that, I’ll sign off! Happy writing, folks~ 🙂

Advertisements

Friday Reflections: The Strength to Go On

Sometimes we wake up in the morning
And think
I can’t do this
again.
I can’t do this
anymore.
I’m sick of this.
I’m through. Done.

I remember feeling this way many mornings.
Somehow, I always found a way to go on.
Even if there wasn’t any real
inspiration-

There were times when I didn’t even think
of the light at the end of the tunnel,
I simply told myself to
go on,
and I did.

But some days are
so impossibly difficult
that we need inspiration to go on.

Were do you find your inspiration?

That’s today’s prompt:
The strength to go on. And where you find yours.

Image

There’s a poem I wrote long ago on this theme, and I feel it’s still true for me. Here’s an excerpt:

‘You’

You’re why I find myself trying harder
To lead a better life
You’re my inspiration,
You give me that push
You drive my soul
You help me fight longer, be stronger, work harder
And give it my all.

You help me carry on-
Face every moment,
Get through every obstacle,
Struggle past the disasters.

I’ll need you
To go on.
And I know that
You’re here
Even when you’re not.

I wouldn’t limit the possibilities about who or what is being addressed here. I feel like it could have different meanings for each person. It could be your mother or your godfather or even God. It could be what you’re most passionate about doing – teaching! Surfing! Writing.

What is it that gets you through those long, tough days?

It doesn’t have to be just one thing. Maybe it’s a list of all those things that get you through the day.

Is this a “gratitude” exercise? Well, yes, be grateful to those people and those things that help you pick up your pieces and keep on walking; but this exercise is more about knowingabout being aware of what drives/motivates/inspires you.

It might not even be that powerful a push. It could just be a little buzz in your ears that says, “you gotta keep moving, keep working, maybe one day you’ll find out why”, and you just follow that.

Explore the reasons why. And happy writing, everyone 🙂