The Grief Steps by Ashley G.

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Other Writings | 0 comments

Today’s story comes from AYWI student Ashley!

The Grief Steps

The therapist has asked if I understand that I’m now in the fourth stage of grief, which is depression. This is her second time asking. I haven’t answered because I can’t stop picking at a stubborn piece of lint that will not come up off the couch.

“Rachel?” she says. She’s being patient. She’s kept her voice very soft. I know she’s getting annoyed, though, and this does give me satisfaction. “Do you understand what I’m saying about the stage of grief you’re in?”

“Yes,” I say. No.

“And do you understand that even though it doesn’t feel like progress to be depressed, that it is in fact progress?”

“Yes,” I say. Shut up, lady.

She sits back. “Well,” she says. “That’s fantastic.”

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Clichés

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Feature | 0 comments

Clichés will be the death of all new writers whether we realize it or not. Did you know that “about face” is a cliché? We use countless phrases that are overused in our work without realizing it every time we write. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though, as long as you don’t use too many. The arrangement of the surrounding phrases can complement the cliché nicely too.

Next time you’re reading, pay attention to all the phrases used and how they’re used. Does the placement of the phrase work for the piece or is it just cheesy? Is cheesy the intent of the placement? Would you write in the phrase differently? How?

Here is a fun exercise that will help you learn to use and not use these overused phrases.

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Creative Writing Majors (Part 1)

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Feature, Vlogs | 0 comments

This episode was split into parts because it was so long. In it, I asked two of my good friends, Rory and Kelly, to help me give you some insight into being a Creative Writing Major. They’re both seniors (just graduated a few days ago) and have been to more colleges than just Agnes Scott. So they provide more information than someone (me) two classes below with less experiences could provide.

If you have any specific questions, please comment on the video and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Don’t forget to watch Part 2! I’ll let you know on Twitter once it’s uploaded.

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“Balanced” by Ashley G.

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Other Writings | 0 comments

This piece comes from AYWI student writer, Ashley G!

Light is valuable. Dark is mysterious. As one, they’re ying yang. They fight battles of mystic creatures: vampires, werewolves, Cyclops, dragons, fays, elves, fairies, and witches. Each have valuable powers too powerful for mystickind and humankind. Light and Dark have wings of unknown force. They are the so called heroes of the dimensions. Light and Dark have love that no one has ever seen. They live in the in-between dimension of Good and Bad. Magic and Science. Real and Fantasy. Life and Death.

They hold the balance that can easily tip if not to careful. That can rain destruction or rain pure happiness and unicorns. A little of too much and the spilt of time and space can in one swift move have our dimensions vanished from the universe into an unknown land of nothing but whiteness. Nothing can set the balance right. Light and Dark can’t. The end will be the same if tipped, good or bad, the worlds will collide and will tear the worlds into nothing.

Light and Dark will parish as they try to save the worlds but since they are immortal they can’t die as race after race is no longer visible. That is until two babies, Kai and Zea, can help parish the worlds back together. As harmony strikes and melody flows. They will bring back the balance of time and space. It may take time but we will all see each other again. Maybe in first life or maybe in second life. Who knows?

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Stuck on a Scene?

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Feature | 0 comments

Writer’s block? The tumblr blogger Danielle on danielle-writes created a list she’s taken from NaNoWriMo to help. Here are some of the ideas:

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