It is strange how we can get stuck in our ways of thinking. Our brain is a great labeller. It likes order and putting things into boxes.
Recall a moment when you met someone for the first time. What were you thinking?
I bet it would involve attaching some sort of label to them. “They seem nice,” “you’re a bit noisy, “I might struggle to get on with you.” It’s the brain trying to fit your experience into a box.
This is where I currently find myself with my writing. When I complete a piece of work, through one of the course exercises, I immediately place a label on it. That piece of written work would make a short story, that piece would be the basis for a poem. The work is placed into one box.
I recently read a blog post on the Open College of the Arts website titled, Christine’s Violets. The post effectively demonstrated how an everyday observation could be used as a piece of prose and also for a piece of poetry. Each piece created different images, with the varying writing styles providing alternative perspectives.
The learning I have taken from this is that when producing a piece of writing it could be placed in numerous boxes, not just the one.
I would welcome any other thoughts on this.