Writing Finals During Quarantine

As the semester rockets towards finals month, we find ourselves in strange times: remote classes, changes to living situations, uncertainty about the semester to come, uncertainty about much more immediate things.  With everything in transition, it can feel overwhelming to think about writing a paper or finishing a project––each time I’ve sat down to write … Continue reading Writing Finals During Quarantine

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Grammar B: Change in Pride. Pride in Change

Part I: Change  Change. A whirlwind. A sudden shift. Change. Gradual. Evolving with time. Change. To make or become different. Change. The act of becoming different. How have I changed? Have I changed? Will this change how people see me? Now there’s fear. I can’t keep it inside forever. Do I hit send? I’m tired … Continue reading Grammar B: Change in Pride. Pride in Change

Grammar B: A Letter to Myself About Change

Dear Self(present), I found another stretch mark today. The most obvious sign of change on my body. It’s the consequence of weight gain from birth control, quarantine, depression, whatever. I am more than I want to be (in size) and still not enough (in everything else). I’m in this apartment that I’m calling my home, … Continue reading Grammar B: A Letter to Myself About Change

Our Blog In History: Archived Posts and Former Writers

Archived Posts Welcome to the new VCU Writing Center blog! If you're new here and looking for posts written before 2018, they are archived here. Former Blog Writers The VCU Writing Center blog is grateful for the creativity and hard work of all current and former blog writers. Find them, and their six-word biographies, listed … Continue reading Our Blog In History: Archived Posts and Former Writers

Tips for Writer’s Block, Part Two: Long-term Strategies

My last post discussed “instant fixes” meant to help you snap out of a blocked writing fugue in the present moment. If they don’t work for you, however, here are some additional, longer-term writer’s block coping strategies: Pick up with a different mode of expression. Think of this as creative cross-training. It’s especially helpful for … Continue reading Tips for Writer’s Block, Part Two: Long-term Strategies

Tips For Writer’s Block, Part I: Short Term Solutions

Writer’s block: the boogeyman of the creative process. It’s a concept that practically everyone is familiar with.  Lending it all the more power, we writers tend to talk about writer’s block as though it’s an immutable force of nature, like gravity or the weather—something one is suffering from, like a chronic disease, and that one … Continue reading Tips For Writer’s Block, Part I: Short Term Solutions

Struggling with Originality

Stories know no cultural boundaries; common archetypes and tropes seem to pervade distantly related literary traditions. Cultural boundaries, whether geographical or temporal, seem powerless to contain some of our most recognizable bits of storytelling. There are a number of possible explanations for the unoriginality of our species. The anthropologist will likely tell you that stories … Continue reading Struggling with Originality