Blog Post 2: Angelina Greco

I would define creativity, in the simplest terms, as one’s ability to use their imagination and create. I know that, personally, I feel the most creative when I have an idea that I am passionate about or when I am working on a personal project. I know that others feel the most creative when they can dive into the deepest parts of their mind and bring it to life in the best way that they know how.

I would say that confidence is important in writing because if you don’t believe in what you are writing, how can you expect your reader to believe in what you are writing? You have to take yourself as seriously as you want your readers to take you. I feel like when you are writing you should always instill the confidence in yourself to know that the work that you are putting out there is good and is worth reading.

I believe that writing confidence can be built by practicing your writing whenever you get the chance to do so. This could be executed in many different ways. Creative writing is a great way to build confidence in writing because you are writing your own stories and your own truth. Another great way to build confidence in writing is keeping a journal or a diary and writing in it for your own personal enjoyment. This is a great way to build confidence in writing because you are not only getting experience writing, you are also expressing your own thoughts and feelings, which can be beneficial for your mental and physical well being. Another way to build confidence in writing is to have people review your writing. This could be done via a peer review type set up, or by a friend or family member. Sometimes having someone tell you what you did right, or even what you could improve upon is the best way to grow as a writer.

Something that I genuinely enjoy doing is spending time with my family and friends. I feel as though I could bring this into my work by using my experiences with my family and friends as real world examples when it is fit to do so in my writing. I love real world examples because they help to bring the information to life in a way that makes it easier to understand.

The number one that stood out to me from the book Steal Like an Artist was “Be nice (the world is a small town). I know that it doesn’t have much to do with writing, but I really enjoyed the philosophy of treating the entire world as though it is a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Being nice is so important because you really don’t know what people are going through behind the scenes, and what you know about the situation is only a fraction of what may actually be going on all together. I do think that this can be tied to writing in the sense that when we are reviewing each other’s work we need to be able to do so in a way that is constructive, but not hurtful. We should be able to critique someone else’s work without tearing it down.

One thing from the book that I disagree with is practicing productive procrastination. Let me add, however, that I only disagree with this point for me personally. I have seen others follow this and have wonderful things come out of it, but for me, any kind of procrastination is negative procrastination. This is because I know that there are things that I am supposed to be doing, and by putting them off I am just causing myself stress. I have never gotten a great idea out of procrastination, only stress. I do see how this would work for others, but it is just not my cup of tea.

4 Replies to “Blog Post 2: Angelina Greco”

  1. I really like your answers discussing how to write more confidently. Another tactic that has worked for me was to pretend regardless of who I am writing too or what I’m writing about that I am holding an in-person conversation with that individual. I’ll thoroughly read my writing out loud to hear the flow and then pretend I’m speaking to someone in my immediate vicinity, that always seems to improve my overall quality of work. Maybe you can try it and see how it works for you!

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  2. Hi, Angelina! I really enjoyed reading your take on your creative writing practices. I totally agree with feeling most creative when working on something I am more passionate about. You’re right, journaling can be an awesome practice to gain confidence in this process. Personally, I have felt that writing in this blog format has aided in that process. I can write what I feel and surprisingly many of my classmates have the same opinions on things that I have felt completely alone on! We both had similar answers when writing about the connection between what we like to do and how we can bring this into the workplace. We both enjoy helping people, something the world needs more of. Lastly, I agree with your opinion on procrastination. As much as I would love to agree with the book, I have to be true to myself. Although I have moments where procrastination helps me in different ways, for the most part it stresses me out more and makes me feel lazy.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Hey Angelina! I love your point on confidence in writing. I, too, believe that if you do not have confidence and belief in what you are writing, then your audience will not believe what you are writing either and will become bored with reading it. It is good that you pointed out that confidence can be built up by practice. This goes for everything, not just writing. If you practice to the best of your abilities, then anything can be accomplished in an extraordinary way and people will be impressed at the growth.

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  4. Hi Angelina! I agree with you when you said that for yourself any kind of procrastination is negative. I feel that way for myself do. When I procrastinate for a long time and end up having to do my work late at night I begin to get so tired, impatient, frustrated and it takes me much longer to do the work (then if I just did it earlier). Then Im in a bad mood before I go to bed. This all could have been avoided if I got it out of the way in the morning. Maybe the book was saying that you have more time to think when you procrastinate?

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