Category: Thoughts

Reflections on writing for 2 years (and future projects)

Every single day, for the past two years, I have been writing poetry.

In 2015, I challenged myself to write a haiku poem every day. What started as a joke soon turned into an examination of the beauty inside the simplicity of words. Two years and around 12,410 syllables later, I have written over 800 of these little poems. I also created 66 blackout poems and 31 art journal pages this year, which I post on my Instagram account.

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A collaboration I did with a talented artist, Tristan Fitzgerald, on Instagram. 

While writing over these past two years, I have learned a lot about poetry, creativity, and the writing process. One thing I learned is that creativity comes when you write. So you have to continue to write. Writing and cultivating creativity is like exercising. The more you do it, the better and easier it comes. This is not to say that everything soon becomes easy. There are many days where I struggle with what I write. But other days, poems naturally come. These are the days that the words not only come naturally, but are well received by who is reading them. It is magical. Having these days, in my opinion,  makes the creative blocks and struggles worth it.

Another thing I learned: not everything I create is going to be a masterpiece. What I write is (usually) not a final draft, but a segment of a thought that needs time to be cultivated. Usually, my haiku are continuations of thoughts or ideas that persist over time. The more time passes, the more clearly the idea is fleshed out and articulated. This usually leads to a full poem. While I haven’t shared many full poems, I want to.

I wanted to thank those who take the time to read my poems daily. The support and attention I receive from all of you is something that is very special to me.

As I continue to write, I have been thinking about new projects I want to do. Eventually, I would like to create a poetry and art zine. The zines would be filled with the collaborations I did with artists, and of course, my own poetry.

I have also been thinking about creating a Patreon page. Patreon is a website similar to GoFundMe or IndieGoGo, it allows artists to be supported financially on their artistic endeavors. On Patreon, supporters have the option to donate a certain amount of money (as low as $1) a month to the artist. In return, the artist sets up rewards for the supporters in return, based on how much they donate a month. For example, if someone were to donate $3, the creator would send them a poem in return.

A Patreon page would allow me to pursue larger projects such as zines and more art collaborations. It would also allow an opportunity to connect and engage with all of you, and for you to see my full-length poems and art. I would be working to create quality full-length content on a more regular basis if I had enough support, and I would attempt to turn it into a tangible product.

Again this is all just thoughts I am thinking, nothing is set in stone. But I am curious to have feedback from all of you. What would you like to see from me in the future beyond just writing a haiku daily? Would you support me if I had a Patreon page? What kind of rewards would you be interested in receiving in exchange for support?

Leave a comment below if you have any thoughts. It would be much appreciated.

Until next time,

S.B.

How Traveling Abroad Boosted My Creativity

This past summer, I found myself in a creative low. I was in the middle of my challenge to write a haiku poem for every day of 2015, and it was  increasingly difficult to write something new. My pool of inspiration and motivation was running dangerously low. I felt like I was seeing and thinking the same things every day. My creative process at the time was sitting down and listening to music, hoping something would pop into my head. It was a long and sometimes tedious process.

A castle in Prague

Then I got the wonderful opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic for a month. Previously, I had never been out of the United States. Not only was I introduced to a new setting, but also a variety of new experiences, people and cultures. While at first I was a little bit scared of leaving the comforts of my home in Colorado to go to a new country, it turns out it was exactly what I needed to create a new spark of creativity.

Each day I spent in the Czech Republic was a fresh experience. There were always things to see and new conversations and perspectives I never thought about. Each destination I went to was vastly different from Colorado. When I was abroad, I felt like the awareness of my surroundings was heightened. There was never a moment where I felt familiar with something. I never thought I would be crossing and swimming in a river in Český Krumlov, or crossing the Charles Bridge in Prague. But it happened.

CeskyKrumlov

Going into a new environment with an open mind, in turn, opened doors to my creativity. The diversity of each day was like a deep breath of air for my creativity. Writing each day became substantially easier.

I’m not trying to say that traveling abroad is the solution to a creative block, but getting out of your comfort zone and doing something new can help. For me, the mere change of environment and experience was enough.

It is so easy to stay inside a comfort zone and live a routine each and every day. For me, it’s even easier with studying for school, and working a job in the mornings. While I still make time to write something every day, sometimes it’s hard to find the spark of creativity that motivates me.

Finding ways to vary my days helps me get out of that routine. Whether it is traveling abroad in the Czech Republic or going on a hike in Horsetooth, change is what awakens my own motivation and creativity. This knowledge helps me when there is a lack of creativity inside of me.

I finished my goal of writing a haiku for every day and am continuing to write. Currently, I have written 460 haiku poems. While I know that not every day will be without a creative block, going to the Czech Republic has taught me that it only takes a change, big or small, to create enough inspiration to create.

Haiku #320

There’s nothing to say
my voice decided to leave
and hearts been strangled. 

I have nothing to say about what has most recently happened in Paris. Only thoughts and emotions filled sadness about the
incredible loss of life.

The beginning of many creative journeys

I’ve always had a creative mind.

My entire life I have always gravitated towards hobbies and activities that incorporate some sort of creativity. I have been meaning to make a blog for a long time. In the beginning of this year, on January 3, I embarked on my first creative journey. I decided to write a haiku poem for everyday of 2015. At first the task seemed a little bit challenging, but the more I wrote, the more I fell in love with the art form. I have written 161 haikus so far and going strong. It has reminded me why I love poetry and writing in general.

I want to embark on more journeys.

Let this first post be a reminder to keep exploring and thriving from imagination and creativity.

I hope to look back at this years from now and see how much I have grown as a person from my various experiences in life and my artistic endeavors, whatever they may be.

I’ll end this post on a haiku:

Let the memories

be remembered by the ink

bleeding on the page.