The primer format felt very much like a collage and welcomed diversity, eclecticism, and exploration. I learned so much from reading others’ entries as well as by producing my own. My primer included a lot of poetry (a medium I still love but am currently estranged from as I rarely read it or write it anymore). My entries featured favorite writers such as Fitzgerald (or rather his wife Zelda), Whitman, Shakespeare, and Yeats. It also explored the process of writing, featuring a somewhat final draft of one of my own poets and discussing subjects such as writer’s block, morning practices, and what it means to be an artist. I also discussed the role of technology in our lives (see N is for Narcissism and Y is for “You Should be Reading”). Finally, I explored creative places (B is for Brooklyn and N is for New Orleans) which are hotbeds of creativity and creative inspiration.
The assignment exposed some of my challenges as a writer/artist. For example, I am often paralyzed by writer’s block and anxiety. As we discussed in class, listening to music or meditating may be a solution. The act of completing such a project reminds me how important it is to get out of one’s head and “just get it done,” imperfect as it may be. However, ultimately I am quite pleased by the outcome.