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My Week In Pictures: Things I’ve learned about writing

2013_04_08-14I didn’t take a lot of photos this week for one reason or another. I think it was a combination of not wanting to leave the house because of the freak weather, and the fact that I spent most of my free time alternating between watching Community and writing poems/lyrics.

On the subject of writing I think I have finally come to terms with the fact that my process is not pretty or romantic. I have to get up in the morning, and start writing like it’s my job. There’s a lot of sitting around involved, a healthy sprinkling of procrastination, some cursing, and a well-thumbed rhyming dictionary. My office gets really messy, coffee cups pile up around me, and sometimes I put off things like showering.

Writing can be an ugly, time-consuming thing.

I have also found that I need a six hour block to get anything done. Even if the actually writing part only took an hour, I need the five hours before it to think and stomp around, and watch some Community. I’ve corroborated this theory with another writer this week so I don’t feel crazy about this anymore.

I have also also found that I work well with ultimatums. I promised myself to write a poem every day in April (which is going pretty well so far, only one day missed kind of), but I told myself I would give myself a poem break if I finished lyrics or made some significant progress on a song. It’s silly really, no one is making me write the poems in the first place, but I work way better if I think I’m getting out of doing something. Writing is weird.

Contrary to the above three plus paragraphs, I did do other things this week. In no particular order I ate some gelato, appeared on Ottawa Morning on CBC, made flambéed bananas, had a wedding consultation, painted my nails, went to see a John Dies at the End at the Mayfair Theatre, hosted a community radio show, went to a birthday party, tip-toed past four sleeping Torontonians, and taught a whole bunch of lessons!

That’s it for this week! How was your week?


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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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