“I am trying to figure out…what I should be writing.”

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Thirty of my former high-school students — who are now making their ways out in the world — volunteered to participate in ink + sky’s first Postcard Project. I am grateful for their honesty, their candor, and their willingness to take a risk.

By disclosing what they are trying to figure out, these young men and women are revealing a part of their inner selves. This courageous decision requires the willingness to be vulnerable, which is one of the most powerful acts that a person can demonstrate.

A note to the author of this postcard: You are enough.

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Note — The photograph of the young woman was taken by Hannah Olinger, and it was obtained from unsplash.com.

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1 thought on ““I am trying to figure out…what I should be writing.”

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Mr. Bishop will remember just as well as my other English and writing instructors over the years that I too struggle with starting essays and other writing pieces. Some times there is just so much to say, and so much to write about! But I am unable to figure out how to properly and appropriately begin my writing. Other times it is because I honestly do not know what to say, or I am just not focused enough at the moment. But once I do finally get started and in the zone, I could write until the graphite inside my pencil has been entirely relocated to the paper. I can tell you are a good writer already just because your mind has so much it wants to put on paper. Just getting started is the hardest part. Try not to be so hard on yourself and just simply write whatever comes to mind, and do not let yourself critique your work right out of the gate like I do. Just keep writing no matter what comes to mind. Relax and enjoy writing, as that is what it is all about! Clear your mind and simply write whatever you want however you want without getting too critical at the start, as hard as that may seem. You cannot finish your work without starting it! And it is all good enough for the notebook, yourself, and everyone because its what you want to write. Every piece does not need to surpass the previous one in quality, content or length. Let the notebooks be a compilation of works that if you just start them without being too critical at the start, you can look back and change what you would like in future pieces. Then you will have a sense of pride and accomplishment as you progress as a writer to see how far you have come! Best of luck in your endeavor and remember to enjoy the writing process along the way, and be proud of your work and yourself! You should be.

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