Returning to the blogosphere

Hiya! Welcome back to my blog, with a slightly different focus that I had before. Instead of writing about writing, I've decided to write about something that has always been of interest to me... the transformation narrative. Our culture is rife with these sorts of stories, right? Sandy turns into a satin-pants-wearing bad girl for Danny. The Beast transforms into a handsome prince for Belle. The diet industry promises that in just a few days (weeks, months), we will be new people. Reality shows focus on makeovers of homes, restaurants, offices, and people. We are enthralled by the transformation narrative, by the idea that anything is possible and that meaningful change can be achieved.

I read and listen to a lot of self-help books and advice podcasts. Occasionally, I even implement something that they have said, usually with varying levels of success. My redefinition of my blog was intended to 1) get me writing on a regular basis and 2) to provide some thoughts on various iterations of the transformation narrative. Enjoy!

 

Reviewing the Writing Workshop Part Deux

Yes, there were so many good parts to the Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop, that it requires another blog post.

Solitude
For an introvert such as myself, solitude is invigorating. This was the case while at my writing workshop. There was no one that I HAD to interact with--no pesky--spouses, bosses, children--and all the socializing was on my terms.

Change of scenery
Although I noted the scenery and it's a beauty in the prior post, I think that any change of scenery is beneficial. How much writing do we get done when we are traveling?

Diversity
This particular workshop drew people from all over the country – over the world, in fact. The people were of many ages and varied professions, from undergraduate students to lawyers to professional writers. It was an interesting group of folks I wouldn't normally run into. Again, the change of scenery people-wise was also inspiring.

Next time, I'll discuss the not-as-lovely bits...

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