Although this was mentioned in the Calendar, I have to agree that the most interensting part to jump out at me was Austin Kleon’s discussion on amateurs. He mentions that, “creativity is always, in some sense, a collaboration, the result of a mind connected to other minds,” making even famous people such as Beethoven and Ghandi seem just as human and relatable as us (page 11). This makes it easier for me to write poetry and then present it to the rest of my workshop class. Kleon makes it seem like it is acceptable and even productive to share your creativity process with others among you so that you learn and can progress. He says, “Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public. They’re in love, so they don’t hesitate to do work that others think of as silly or just plain stupid,” (page 15). I really enjoy writing poetry but so many other people I learn from have a hard definition of bad writing, making it difficult and scary to present my hard, emotion-filled work in front of them.
One particular video I watched is called Bad Writing . I found this video relevant because it lets writers know that its okay to write something bad. It is a necessary step to writing something good. Bad Writing Trailer
Another website I find helpful in writing poetry is Jerz's Literacy Weblog: Poetry Tips