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Closure Through Writing

Let the Floodgates Open. Let Closure Begin.

Ernest Hemingway once said:

‘There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.’

Most writers rely on their memories, experiences and emotions when the floodgates open and the words flow out. This is true of all writing, but writers expertly disguise themselves or change the outcome of what really happened to benefit the story—and their egos.

But when we tell the truth, as it really happened—something else happens. Writers get closure.

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On Experiments, Seinfeld and Literature

Experiments, Seinfeld and Literature are three of my big favourites in life.

Experiments

Ask my mother—even as a young girl I loved to experiment. When my aunt and my mom went dancing, my cousin Mickey and I would take all of my mother’s baking supplies and half of what was in the fridge and play “Just Like Mom.” We did such a great job of cleaning up that she didn’t suspect a thing.

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Creative Nonfiction–What in the World is That?

Creative Nonfiction is a sub-genre of nonfiction

Less than two years ago, I was a die-hard fiction girl through-and-through, and the more literary, the better. I felt cursed with my poetic ease. I wanted to write novels. I wouldn’t have believed it if you told me I’d become a fountain spouting creative nonfiction. But I have.

Sure, I knew about nonfiction, but I really didn’t think writing about my life would be very fun. Whenever I tried to write about anything serious and true, it turned poetic and intense. (I’ve since learned that I tend to write lyrically.) I couldn’t help playing with the words and images that crammed out of my head all at once. I truly felt cursed.

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Creative Nonfiction: Soap Opera, Starring Rachel Kim

Here is the creative nonfiction (CNF) story of a lifetime. Well…of MY lifetime.

The original of this CNF (creative nonfiction) piece was written for a class assignment. I think that out of all the genres, CNF is my favourite and the most rewarding, but it’s also the most difficult to write. You’d think writing down the truth from your perspective would be easy, but it is soul-wrenching. It is mentally exhausting. It makes me cry and relive my experiences moment-by-moment. Maybe I should just write about the good times, hey?

The story was originally published in Soliloquies Anthology issue 21.1. You should check out their fantastic selections. This is a student-led publication through the Concordia University in Montreal . I had the most fabulous experience with their editor, Zeya. She helped bring out the “soap opera” quality I’d insinuated in the title. If you’re reading this, thanks again, Zeya!

Enjoy!

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