Reflecting on Writing

At this time of year I always find myself reflecting. As the year comes to a close, I remember what happened this year–the changes that have occurred, the growth I’ve seen, and just what, exactly, happened.

I know for many people 2019 was a tough year. I get that–I wouldn’t say 2019 was an overall tough year for me but it had a lot of tough moments. Some might say that 2019 was an amazing year full of exciting changes and joyful new experiences.

Whichever way your 2019 falls, I’m sure you at least wrote in 2019!

I wanted to take this post to encourage you to remember all the amazing work you put into writing and developing your craft this year. Maybe you were published in borrowed solace this year–congratulations! Maybe you finished a draft of that novel along with Nicole in NaNoWriMo this year–great job! Maybe you remembered to actually write something creative this year other than emails–good for you!

Whatever your writing wins were this year, celebrate them! As we take stock of what 2019 was for each and every one of us, don’t forget writing in your end of year review, too.

I know one of things I feel most accomplished about this year is my writing. I feel like I’ve finally figured out what my voice is when it comes to poetry, and I’m so glad for that! I published several pieces this year–poetry, nonfiction, and more. Even though right now I’m writing while I’m not writing (more about that here), I know that progress was made this year, however small.

So even if 2019 was a terrible year for you, take stock of the writing accomplishments you made this year–little and large. I’m sure you are better off than you know…

The End of the Season

As fall comes to a close and winter is almost upon us, season one of borrowed solace: the podcast is coming to an end. We are excited to come back in the new year with more guests, more fun topics, and more of what we are all about—community. Thank you so much for listening and being apart of our venture into the realm of podcasting. See you next year!

Episode 10: Resources

Episode ten of borrowed solace: the podcast features story time with Eowyn Randall. Eowyn Randall has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh, a city she discovered she loved while spending a year traveling North America by bus and reading the stories of other journeys. She still lives, writes, and reads there. Particularly interested in genres, she’s constantly looking for new ways to blur the boundaries between them. Her work has appeared in A Lonely Riot & borrowed solace.

As always, we want to hear from you! It’s almost Thanksgiving, so imagine we are gathered for a borrowed solace friendsgiving, and share what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Episode 10: A Block of Lard

This episode of the podcast I am joined by Amber and a special guest who was published in borrowed solace issue 1.2. Tune in to hear Eowyn Randall read her story, “A Block of Lard,” on this episode of the podcast!

Episode 9: Resources

On episode nine of borrowed solace: the podcast, the other editors and I discussed how the journal has morphed into what it is today, and all the growing pains that came along with the may changes that have taken place over the last few years.

Unlike our usual resources posts, we don’t have much in the way of information and external links to share, but we would still love to hear from you! Imagine we’re all sorting through Halloween candy, and remarking on how crazy it is that it’s already November, when the conversation turns to this week’s podcast. Let us know what you think and comment below!

Episode 8: Resources

On episode eight of borrowed solace: the podcast, the editors discussed how we went from the Writer’s Guild–a student led club on a college campus–to borrowed solace. Check out some resources for more information below:

How To Start Your Own Literary Journal (And Why You Want To!)

So You Want To Start Your Own On-Line Literary Journal. . .

We want to hear what you think about this episode! Please comment below and join the discussion. Pretend we are carving pumpkins and watching Halloween movies while chatting about the podcast, and leave your thoughts below!

Episode 8: From Writer’s Guild to borrowed solace

This week on the podcast we continue on with our origins mini-series and discuss how we transitioned from the Writer’s Guild (which you can hear more about by listening to episode seven) to borrowed solace. Thanks for tuning in!

Episode 7: Resources

In episode seven of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey was joined by one of the original founders of the Writer’s Guild, Crystal Hinrichsen, to talk about what it’s like to create your own creative community.

If you’d like to read a bit more about our history starting out as the Writer’s Guild, please visit our about page.

For information on how you can embark on your own journey to finding fellow writers to create with, please visit the links below:

How To Start A Writers’ Group

4 Tips on How to Build Your Creative Community

Writing Group Starter Kit (specifically for students at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, but there are lots of great tips for starting a group or club–especially at a college!)

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Writers Group

Of course, per the usual, we want to hear what you have to say! Pretend we are at a meeting of your local writing group. What would you contribute to a conversation about how to start (and continue on) with a writing group/club of your own?

Episode 7: Creating Creative Community

This episode is the first of a mini-series discussing the origins of borrowed solace. Join Addey and Crystal Hinrichsen, one of the founders of the Writer’s Guild (who we were before we were borrowed solace), for a discussion on finding your own creative community. Thanks for listening!