migraine

Writing When You’re a Migrainous, Mostly Depressed Person

Writing can be a difficult task when your mind does not respond to your desires, when the slightest pain destroys all motivation, leaving you feeling weak and defeated. Migraine Some days, when I wake up in the morning, I can barely open my eyes. That’s how violent the headache is; the Migraine, this pain so…

writing music

Writing Music

I don’t like writing in complete silence. I usually listen to music or watch some TV program as I write. To have a sort of semi-noisy background to lean on. I listen to my digital collection most of the time. And sometimes I put on a vinyl, but the problem (or the beauty) with those…

magic words

Performative Language; or, The Magic of Words

I got the idea for this post by listening to Billy Galewood talking about magic. From magic tricks, the talk moved to magic words. An example: saying “I am happy” will make you happier. No need for more, words are magic! That’s what philosophers call the performative power of language. I’m not an expert on…

inspiration

Inspiration (and the Lack of It)

A few days ago, I sat down to write and my mind was a complete blank. Void. Nothing there. Not a single sentence would take shape from the keyboard. So I decided to turn to my ink and pastels instead. But it didn’t work any better. I had no idea what to do with my…

sad writing, happy writing

Sad Writing, Happy Writing

Why is it that I write better poetry when I’m sad? All those emotions that pull you down, adding weight to your shoulders, making your eyes swim and your heart drown, are they more powerful, more intense, than happiness? Is creativity merely a tool in the pursuit of happiness; something to put aside once the…

transparency

Transparency

What is transparency? Transparent is how my friend and illustrator Leila described my poems the first time I told her about my secret project. Transparency is writing about my own feelings using no filters and no make-up. And yet, I’m not simply turning myself into a character in a novel to tell you about my…

breaking norms

Breaking Norms; or, The Taboo of Difference

I’d like to write about different characters or topics without having to call them different. I recently finished the first draft of a short story involving a transgender protagonist. I asked a friend for his opinion and his reaction was that the character might be different but the story arc was not, and it bothered him…