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This season of life has proved to be one of change for everyone in nearly every aspect of life. When classes moved online and my world became much, much smaller, I found myself looking for an outlet. I’ve always messed around with writing, but never seriously sat down to create something meaningful.
This semester, I am in a creative writing class. I wrestled with the decision of even enrolling in the class. There were less vulnerable ways to fulfill my degree’s writing requirement. From the first day of class, I knew that this experience was going to be one that changed my perspectives on writing.
When I sat down to write for the first assignment, I was surprised when the words came quickly and freely. I didn’t go into the class expecting to have my life changed by the lessons I learn each week.
During this time, it’s important to process emotions. It’s vital for mental and emotional well-being. Spending copious amounts of time alone lead me to contemplate my life so far. Every choice and its outcomes, placed under a microscope created in my mind.
I explored lots of these memories in writing. I had hard conversations with myself and with others.
Creative writing ensures that I am consistently in check with the thoughts and emotions that are going on in my head throughout the week. By getting them on the page and giving them structure, I have created things that I am very proud of, and that reflect truth in my life.
None of this reflection and thought would be possible without the loving, safe environment of my creative writing class. The classroom environment that Dr. Newsom creates is one of the best that I have experienced on this campus.
It is evident that he is passionate about the craft of writing and about his students. He completely changed my mind about creative writing. I was prepared to fear the experience. I was prepared to reject vulnerability.
Vulnerability is difficult. But, writing has given me a way to look at issues and experiences with a lens of grace and forgiveness for myself and others.
I have found a gentle community of people who share an interest and desire to create something that has value and purpose.
One of the most helpful experiences so far has been receiving feedback on my writing. This part of the creative process is one that I have never truly participated in.
It is helpful to receive comments and direct criticism coming from people who genuinely have the good of your art in consideration.
I see improvement not only in my skill, but in my attitudes toward writing. I’ve never been afraid of writing something factual or persuasive.
Creative writing is pushing my outside of my comfort zone and demanding creation, which is a beautiful thing.
Writing might not be your thing. It may be music, art, politics, education math, science.
But whatever you do, explore it. Every field of study lends itself to creativity, some more easily than others. Art reflects nearly every aspect of life. Make something beautiful with your life, whether that be a relationship, a project, or an idea.
Find your passion within your field of study., and act on that passion.
Don’t fear failure or vulnerability. Find ways to learn and grow in the season that you are in. Find your place.