A Wellness and Writing “Round Up”
I’m sure that everyone is exhausted by this point in the semester and is ready to get to the final high of hitting the last ‘submit’. Because I’m right there with everyone else, I decided to take a step back from overly analyzing a topic within wellness and writing and instead share some resources I have found fun or helpful throughout the semester, specifically around writing. I was inspired by Roxane Gay’s “The Audacioius Round Up” that she sends out to her substack subscribers and so I’ve created a Wellness and Writing round up of my own that encompasses magazines, podcasts, blogs, zines, and Instagram accounts – check it out below, and if you get inspired, make one of your own and share it out:
- Because I have drawn a massive amount of inspiration from Roxane Gay lately, I have to start by sharing the many different projects she is working on lately (Go look up all her books as well). If you can’t catch her Masterclass on writing, or her Opinion and Work Friend pieces in the NYT, or read/listen to her impactful essay “Writing into the Wound: Understanding trauma, truth, and language” on Scribd, OR listen to her podcast Hear to Slay – you have to at least check out her substack account The Audacity and soak in her masterful way with writing. The way she uses this craft to be in conversation with society and gives voice to what needs to change within it is something I can only hope to come close to one day. In addition to being a great example of someone who uses their writing to reach a wide audience, what I respect and love about Gay’s writing is her voice, humor, and ‘audacity’ to try so many different kinds of writing. She inspires me to think in ways that aren’t so limited and to want to try different styles of writing, even if I end up not succeeding.
- Someone I found because they were highlighted in an Antiracism Daily post (which you should also check out on Instagram) is Ida Yalzadeh who is a professor for the Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern University. She also does a regular round up of different things she is reading and watching and her substack is full of insightful advice on writing, researching, and being involved in social justice. One thing I want to highlight in particular is the zine she created about her graduate experience during her time at Brown University. It is more centered on pursuing a PhD, but I found a lot of it to be helpful for my own process in trying to figure out how to start organizing my research and for learning about resources that are helpful in navigating academia.
- I tweeted about this a little while back, but as I have gone through my Research and Writing class, I have been desperate for anything that can help explain research methods to me in an approachable way. A great resource is a podcast out of Oregon State University called “Research in Action”. The podcasts cover a wide range of topics around research and research methods and lead to me finding some great follow up resources to check out.
- One of these follow up resources was the blog The Thesis Whisperer and her post about “the bedraggled daisy” diagram which was a unique approach to doing a kind of concept map. The creator of the blog, Inger Mewburn, is a professor and researcher from The Australian National University and she talks about research in an approachable and understanding way that is refreshing.
- Finally, to return to Roxane Gay, one of the tips she gives in her Masterclass is reading about other writers and their writing process. Specifically, she mentions that she enjoys reading the Paris Review. When I checked it out, I found my way to one of their old issues from 1984 that had an interview with James Baldwin about his life and writing. This interview was one of the most enjoyable and rich pieces of reading I have sat down to in a long time. If you want to check the Paris Review out, I recommend starting there.
All right, that is my list of some of the most inspirational readings and ‘listenings’ I did this semester on writing. Seriously, try making your own list – it makes for great productive procrastination…er I mean end of semester reflection.