— Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
— Ernest Hemingway
beauty in a place of strange,
the weight of heavy hearts,
the softness of whispered love.
An infamous fall from grace,
the rough rocks beneath bare toes,
beliefs behind the words,
the freedom of flight.
An indistinguishable horizon,
where sand meets ocean, where ocean meets the heavens.
A velvet night of inky black, marred by stars of pure white,
the heat of the sun in a sky of cloudless blue,
or only speaking what is true.
the joy of finding beauty in simplicity.
Every Sunday night I count the hours until the clock reads 9, then I tune in to HBO’s new show, The Newsroom. From the pilot of the show I have been in love. The characters, the plot, the dialogue all interest me in ways that no other show has until this point. Mostly because this show is the epitome of what I want my life to look like soon.
I love the news. I love watching, reading, hearing the news. But mostly I love reporting the news. I consider myself to be a very ardent journalist and I hope to make a career out of it. There are so many reasons why the news has me completely enraptured, so I decided that I would share my love.
Firstly, media is able to create a story from the facts. While some will argue that creating a story from scratch is harder than framing the facts, I would say that those people have never tried to create an interesting frame for mundane details (although, I don’t disagree that fiction is hard). Being able to package facts, details and quotes into a compelling story is a skill set that was perfected by the media and one that is required by news stations everywhere.
Aside from the creativity needed to write a news story, I also love the importance of the media. People depend on their news and they depend on it being accurate. The influence of this dependence is astounding. The media and the people behind it are put to the test every day. They must deliver the news with accuracy and timeliness for their readers/viewers/listeners. And they do a damn good job.
One reason why journalists are so good at their jobs is because they understand that the media is always evolving and they take advantage of that. From print to radio to television to the internet to social networks, the media is able to use every medium to spread the news in ways that allows everyone to stay connected. This means that the media can only ever expand.
Lastly, I love the media because of the passion it takes to be involved in it. Reporters must be passionate about their jobs because there is never a dull moment when reporting the stories from around the entire world. It takes some serious energy to work 24/7.
Writer’s block has always been particularly annoying to me because I thought there was nothing I could do about it; an affliction without a cure, a ghost disease that can’t be treated. Usually, when I get writer’s block it can last awhile. It may take weeks before I can think clearly and express those thoughts accurately. Being unable to write my thoughts is difficult, especially because usually writing is a natural, easy way for me to share myself with others.
The frustration of writer’s block can even have palpable symptoms for me. Heavy wrists, uncoordinated fingers, sluggish brain. Trust me when I say that staring at a blank computer screen, fingers posed above the keyboard, waiting for inspiration is not a fun way to waist time. Typing and retyping can be so tedious, so how does anyone move beyond this blockage?
When I posed this question to Google, many people suggested writing exercises or outlining and organizing the ideas. There was even a 12-step program (which had some excellent tips). While all of these are great, and useful, ideas, my favorite cure so far has been to simply write without going back or fixing anything. Once the ideas are down, you can go back and refine them.
I’ve learned that pushing past the writer’s block and getting something down, even if it’s terrible (remember, nobody has to read it but you), is the best cure. I used to wait for the writer’s block to pass, but that wasn’t helping because I wasn’t writing. In the end, you are the only one standing in your way.
Here are some ideas to help you get started: http://creativewritingprompts.com/