I love listening to Rebecca Makkai talk about writing because she is so smart. She thinks about things that are both insightful and appropriate for amateur and professional writers alike. I think you would enjoy her short stories, and I'm glad that you were able to take away some good advice. Enjoy the rest of the week!
The love and salt ideas was so cool! I think abstract comparisons are so interesting to read because it helps you see into how someone's mind works.
Writers week so far has been really inspirational and motivating. Today during 8th period, I saw Taylor Mali perform several of his poems and I was amazed on how naturally he's able to just talk without any hesitation. Most of the time I found myself confused if he's actually reading from a poem or just speaking about his life. I also enjoy his enthusiasm and his choice of tone while reading the poems
I'm glad he mentioned that this takes a lot (A LOT) of practice--that confidence and persona. That's an important message for students who might be nervous about getting up on stage--everyone is nervous, and it's okay. The more you practice, the more comfortable you'll feel.
I hope you enjoy the rest of Writers Week!
So far, Writer's Week has gotten off to a fantastic start. I was privileged to watch Taylor Mali recite many beautiful. meaningful, and entertaining poems. His voice was extremely unique, and at points in time I could not tell whether he was reciting a poem, or just generally speaking. He warned us this would happen, so I didn't expect his ability to be so stunning. However, it still was. His last poem, "The Impotence of Proofreading," left me gasping for air. It was absolutely hilarious, and a great experience to watch. It was a very keen, and was a brilliant way of ending his presentation. It was my favorite poem of the night. Oh, and did I mention his baby voice was on point, and was very real. I thought it was electronically being made, but it was actually him doing it and I loved it. Taylor Mali's ability to keep the crowd focused and entertained is truly inspirational, and I hope one day I will reach his heights. "My Deepest Condiments," particularly caught my attention because it taught me the lesson that even though life can get bleak, there are always ways of remaining happy and laughing. At last, listening to Taylor Mali perform was a great privilege I've had and I truly enjoyed it.
His last poem was definitely . . . something. Taylor is amazing, and I'm glad you were able to see him perform. There aren't many like him, so enjoy it!
Consume your art, right? Whether it's writing or not, if you want to be good at something, immerse yourself in it. Just be aware of the pitfalls when you write five blogs about someone :)
I think Taylor is exactly right--sometimes you have to get through all the . . . muck . . . to get to what you really want to say. As a writer, this is definitely a pain and time consuming but worth it in the end. Remember that moving forward. I'm glad you're excited about the rest of the week. It should be good!