I’m still mulling over this week’s writing prompt: Write an Unbiased Essay on Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial. And, honestly, I’m wondering if it’s possible. Why? Because I’m also asking myself: is an impeachment trial inherently biased and political? Is there a way to have an impeachment trial without party politics swaying its proceedings and verdict?(more…)
Last week we experienced history as we tuned in to watch the second impeachment trial for Donald J. Trump. And there’s no doubt that the entire impeachment trial process was political from beginning to end, especially since the verdict of the trial came out along party lines and because it was supposed to be a political trial at its core, as all impeachment trials are. But how much of the truth and relevant facts of the trial were sacrificed on the biased political stage?
Watching the trial made me wonder: is there a way to write about Trump’s second impeachment trial without being partisan or using partisan terms and phrases? Is there a way to write about the trial without referring to Republicans or Democrats, or without using colorful language that embellishes either side of the partisan argument? Would this more nonpartisan writing approach make the argument for impeachment indisputable and more clear-cut?(more…)
I chose this week’s writing prompt: write a letter of love, admiration, or solace, precisely because most of us tend to think of it as something that’s cliché or common to do on Valentine’s Day. But the reality is, it’s not at all a common thing to do. Not in today’s world. In fact, there’s an entire greeting card industry that’s counting on you not writing your own letter, ever, for any occasion at all— whether it’s a letter of love, admiration, thanks, solace, congratulations, etc.(more…)
What makes a letter captivating? Valuable? Timeless? Is its inherent value defined by its writer’s identity or style? By an important historical moment that’s captured? Or something else more ephemeral and less palpable?
Why should we write a letter of love, admiration, or solace now, when it’s so easy to just pick up a smartphone and text or video chat with someone at a moment’s notice?(more…)
Valentine’s Day is this coming Sunday. You know, it’s that overly-commercialized time of year to give and receive chocolates and flowers and cards and jewelry and other cheesy, materialistic gifts that no one ever really needs or knows what to do with, but still kinda wants. If we’re all being truly honest with ourselves, we all want a Valentine, or to at least be seen and acknowledged by a loved one or a love interest, on this overly commercialized holiday. Yes—even as we roll our eyes and mock the drugstore shelves filled with fake cherry red candy and hot pink faux velvet boxes and plastic commodities.
Why? Because whether we like it or not, the very idea of love and affection is still “in the air” on this thrilling day for lovers and annoying day for coveters, every year. There is no way to avoid it. So, I say, why not use it to our creative writing advantage anyway, eh?(more…)
Below is my draft for this week’s writing prompt: Write Your Own Inaugural Address or Poem for 2021.
I will likely update it over the coming weeks, days, or months.
I’ve never attempted to write anything like this before. It was truly an interesting and empowering exercise. It had a greater impact on me than I originally thought it would. And I’m grateful. If you completed this writing prompt too, be sure to leave a link to it in the comments at the bottom of the page.(more…)
I haven’t written a speech since I was an undergraduate in college. Sure, I’ve led discussions and given some presentations to both small and large groups over the course of my professional life. But it’s been quite some time since I have written an official speech. So, it should go without saying, I had to go back to the basics when getting started with this week’s writing prompt.(more…)
Here are a few quotes about language and speaking I’m reflecting on as I complete this week’s writing prompt: Write Your Own Inaugural Address or Poem for 2021.
What are some speeches or advice about speeches that you’ve found inspiring or notable? What are some speeches or poems that you’ll never be able to forget?(more…)