The Importance of Breaking From Routine

I wrote a poem the other day as I was on my way out the door that included this stanza: It’s important to go out at odd times sometimesTo break from your routineRemind yourself you’re not locked inThat there’s a whole big world just waiting Writers and other creative types often talk about the importanceContinue reading “The Importance of Breaking From Routine”

The Importance of Switching Mediums

My mom says that when she’s feeling stuck with her art, she switches mediums, which always helps. Sometimes, I take pictures rather than write poems. I go for walks and film artistic interpretations of fountains. I colour while listening to podcasts or the chatter of my friends. I apply paint inexpertly to canvas. I amContinue reading “The Importance of Switching Mediums”

The 2,000-Word Essays Will Have to Wait

There are days when I can write a 2,000-word essay in one sitting, no problem, and then there are days when I struggle to get a single coherent sentence out. Welcome to being a writer. This shit’s hard. I can’t compare the good days to the bad ones. Expecting myself to write a 2,000-word essayContinue reading “The 2,000-Word Essays Will Have to Wait”

Moving on From Creative Projects

You are allowed to take breaks. You are allowed to pause. You are allowed to go on a hiatus from a creative project. You are allowed to abandon that project entirely. You are allowed to shift gears. You are allowed to leave things unfinished. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are or the project isContinue reading “Moving on From Creative Projects”

Someone’s Probably Laughing at Your Art

Yes, someone’s probably laughing at your art. Depending on the size of your audience, there may be multiple people laughing at it. Unless you’re a comedian, this probably doesn’t feel great. I recently saw another poet talk about how devastated they were to find out their partner and his friends laughed at their poetry. Obviously,Continue reading “Someone’s Probably Laughing at Your Art”