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With A Stroke of the Pen

Mon Aug 6, 2018, 3:06 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:
A few days ago, I decided to do what I never thought I'd do: I started writing my poetry in a personal journal.

(Yes, my journal is a DA journal. La la la la) 

I started writing in a journal because I felt that I was approaching my entire paradigm to writing wrongly. Before I started writing in my journal, I was compelling myself to write something in order to say "Ha, I actually wrote something today!".

But forcing myself to write led only to writer's block and a whole lot of frustration. So I took a page from people who keep personal journals as a way to relieve themselves of stress, and decided that I will only write if and when I find inspiration to do so.

So far, I think it's working. I've managed to eke out two poems (of which one, "White Space", I've since uploaded here to DeviantArt), and I've never felt better. I actually enjoy writing more now, and I certainly think that the journal has helped tremendously in making writing so much more enjoyable. I hope I'll get to upload more poems from this notebook over here for all of you to read.

One thing that I've learned is that writing comes to you. It's not something that you can just force yourself to do, because if you do, you become very self-conscious of your writing. Plus the experience just isn't that pleasant to begin with. The journal has certainly helped motivate me to write, and more importantly, to help me process information that I may be unable to process elsewhere except through writing it down in a journal.

What have you done recently to make yourself write, or to fundamentally approach writing differently? I'm very interested in hearing your tips and tricks!


Mon Jun 18, 2018, 1:58 PM
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Like the many flags we fly to represent who we are, Pride Month is about celebrating the strength of our plurality, the many identities that complete us and make all of us great, and how they come together to build our common humanity.

Occurring in the same month as the Stonewall Riots (on June 28, 1969) where people were beaten simply for being who they are, Pride Month is meant to be a celebration of coming together in light of this violent beginning. This year, DeviantArt is proud to honor deviants of all identities who, over the years, have helped build us into an ever-more inclusive community where we can just be.

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One of the things I have to deal with as a writer is the one thing we dread the most: writer's block.

We often forget that there are two types of writer's block. The first one is very common, and it's when, in an environment where we are compelled to write, we have no idea what to put down.

But this kind of writer's block is different. It's that now, I have so much that I want to write, that I have no idea what to put down first.

This is something that I've been grappling with for several months, even years, now. I can't seem to decide what I want to put on paper. Or, heck, a journal post on DeviantArt because I can't seem to think whether or not a piece is worthy of being shared, or whether or not it's something that I even want to put down in the first place.

I have a lot of things going on in my head that I could reasonably put down, and yet I can't find a way to express them because, well, i'm afraid that they may come out jumbled or rambling.

I'm still trying to figure out what would be the best way to keep tabs of everything going on. Maybe I should keep a notebook, and something might come out from it that I could share here.

Or, perhaps, I should just let it all out here anyway and see what happens.

This will be a very interesting experiment, indeed.

Hi, everyone. My name is Josh Lim, and I'm joining the wonderful people of DeviantArt as its new Community Campaign Manager.

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I've been working with helping online communities now for the last eight years. Most of my work has been with Wikipedia, where I have been part of that community since 2005. (If any of you here are on Wikipedia, you probably know me as Sky Harbor.)

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One of the things that we do as community managers is to be there for our communities. At DeviantArt, my job is to be that person who you can easily talk to. Whether it be anything about the site, or how things are going, or even if you just need a friend to be there for you, if you need to talk to me, I will be there.

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Living in four different countries, including both the United States and the Philippines (where I was born), I've learned to speak seven languages: English, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish, Polish, Mandarin Chinese, basic French and basic Japanese. If I happen to speak yours, I look forward to talking to you, but even if I don't, I'm sure we will find a way until I learn yours. I'm always down to learn new languages. :) (Smile) 

My goal is to bring everyone together: DA staff, the people who see your work, and you guys. In many online communities, including my own, poor communication is often a reason why people leave. Hopefully, by connecting you guys to those who need our help, and by connecting us to you so we can better sense how we should move forward, we can build a stronger community that we can all truly belong to.

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In addition, I'll be helping out with organizing more of the community campaigns (such as the Valentine's Day Art Exchange, A Fandom of Pears and, of course, May the 4th) that have been organized over the years, and bringing in outside perspectives to help do things better.

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I actually first heard of DeviantArt around the time I joined Wikipedia. I knew of it then as this funky place where artists can truly belong, and I've enjoyed looking at many deviations over the years. Now, thirteen years later, it's a great feeling being part of a truly awesome community.

But most of all, I feel like this is a place I can belong as an artist. In my spare time, I write and take photos, and this is the best place for the stuff I've been working on. For sure, I'll be sharing my works here, some of which are already up.

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Other than that, I'm just an ordinary dude.

Writing is never easy, and especially when it comes to talking about oneself. I've always had a fear of writing something out of place or making a mess out of things, but I hope this time around, I'm able to let go.

Sometimes, the best places to let go and just, well, do stuff, is in a place where you least expect it. And I'm glad I found that right here. I look forward to being a part of this wonderful community, and it will be my great honor and privilege to work with all of you.