Sunday, January 26, 2014

Brian's first blog

My name is Brian Wilds, I am an English major with a minor in creative writing.  I will be graduating at the end of the semester with plans of graduate school.  I will be taking time off to complete my body of work to submit for school.  I may be going to Africa for seven months to teach, which will give me a different environment for writing.  I’m fairly fluent in Swahili, and have been a TA and tutor for this language.  My life is engulfed in my writing, but I also find time for sports.  My family such as; my father and step mother, two sisters, two stepsister, and one brother are very supportive of my new goals.  My brother and two sisters are all also returning students and two will graduate this semester with me. 

I have found the book Trigger Town to have several different and important facts.  First would be the discussion that “to write a poem you must have a streak of arrogance”.  He states “when you are writing you must assume   that the next thing you put down belongs not for reasons of logic, good sense, or narrative development, but because you put it there”.  I can see this when writing, as the writer must believe in their work, and to have a tough skin to survive the analysis that come with the writings.  A writer should not censor themselves, believe that every word and rhythm in your piece was placed there by you for a reason.  That words express and give a foundation to the message you are attempting to display to your writer.   


  1. Congratulations on being almost done. That's really cool that you're going to Africa; visiting other places always provides a much more globalized and open-minded perspective. I agree with the part about having thick skin while writing. It is imperative to shut out the critics when producing work.

  2. Like what Ammar said, Congratulations man! These years must have flown by, I don't know you well but I hope we can change that by the end of the semester. I always see you around campus doing stuff for us so thanks a bunch! I had no idea you knew Swahili. The fact that you are majoring in English but know and teach Swahili is really cool and interesting. If you do end up going to Africa I hope you have an awesome time and stay safe.

    I also chose the same excerpt as you and you definitely put what he said into better works than me. I really liked what you said about censoring yourself. I couldn't think of the word but you made it easier to say and understand. You seem to be a very mature writer, I hope I can get some pointers here and there later in the semester.

  3. I've read some of your poems in the Cornfield. Looking forward to your commentary and to see growth in your work.


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