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CelebrateIn art, you must consider the negative space around the object as carefully as the object itself:  Careful consideration of negative space draws the positive into sharper focus. The negative is what we talked about in our last post, but what about the positive, the fun stuff? What about the things that are important to your and your creative work, that are life-giving? As important as it is to cull the negative from your life, it is equally important to fill your life with activities that energize your writer’s soul.

Earlier this year, at a youngARTs conference I was lucky enough to be a part of (and to which you should apply), actress Kerry Washington spoke about why she loves art. “Art is creation,” she said. “It’s beautiful because you create something from nothing.” (I’m approximating here; I don’t have the exact quote.) Indeed, the word creative has its roots in the Latin creo, meaning to make or create.

But this idea doesn’t apply solely to our artistic product, literature. Read the rest of this entry »

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Positive EnergyYou know it well:  That time halfway through every semester when the obligations pile up, when your to-do lists just aren’t enough to get everything done.  You go into survival mode, purging from your schedule everything but those assignments due tomorrow.  And time for writing is often the first thing to go.  Even if you can squeeze in the time, you’re just too tired—maybe tomorrow.

This is a student saga all too familiar, and one that needs careful management.  Writing, after all, can’t only be a part of your life during the few empty weeks of the school year.

My theory is thus that energy should be carefully and consciously spent, leaving enough for your daily creative tasks.  Often, students have at least one major negative source of energy in their lives, a class or extracurricular that brings more than its fair share of stress.  My goal publishing this post in the summer is to prevent this epidemic before the school year frenzy starts.

In this post, I suggest two possible solutions: Read the rest of this entry »

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