Tag: writing

Worked on three poems tonight — a very rough/bad/”free write” draft of one, the beginning threads and connected concepts of another, and finally an initial and workable draft of the third. By the third poem, I was starting to realize why I may avoid this. It’s always more emotional than I expect, and always in the spots where I don’t expect it. I’m still rummaging through personal material, and the reaction surprises me when certain ideas and moments emerge in a more crystallized state. I’m not looking to make my work highly autobiographical, but I’m finding that even when I arrive at the bigger concept or polish off the root idea, it can sting more than the original experience. 

You would think getting to the essence would create distance… the ability to see the experience as some separate, objectified thing.

Instead, it inches closer to the truth. And there sit any remains of the original experience, exposed and demanding some energy. 

Not exactly the most comfortable barometer for knowing when you’re getting somewhere… but I’m game for learning to work with it.


  • Why do so many book trailers suck? And could I develop a business for helping them not suck? One of my secret dream jobs has been to create movie trailers. I think it’s because I love getting to the essence of a story. To me, trailers are visual poetry that reflects that essence — they contain only the most essential components in order to create tension, provoke emotion, and communicate a bigger idea. So combining my love of writing with my love of trailers could potentially be the best thing ever. Right?
  • Why has serial fiction in a blog format not taken off? I’ve only been able to find outdated, poorly produced examples. Has it just not been done well yet, or are readers not interested? I think it just hasn’t been done well yet… which means I’m intrigued about exploring it for a potential project idea.
  • Why are many blogs and publications about nonprofits and philanthropy so… meh? And why are some otherwise talented young social change professionals wasting their time droning on about personal branding? Can we ever reasonably expect older leaders to get out of the way if we don’t stop blabbering about our brands and start acting on our insight related to real issues?