In lieu of a traditional “farewell” post, I’d like to impart a little wisdom inspired by this semester, the previous blog, and my own personal experiences with the ups and downs of writing and life in general.

  1. Just write


Writers often psych themselves out and feel like they’re stuck and unable to write.  This is referred to as writer’s block, and it’s something most writers have experienced.  Sometimes it is a matter of writing something and getting it out of the way.  Sometimes there’s something bubbling under the surface and you just need to open yourself up to writing whatever is on your mind.

  1. Just stop writing


Relax.  Step away from the laptop.  Sometimes you need to stop writing completely and get up and do something else.  Take a shower.  Go for a drive.  Do anything but write so you can clear your mind.

  1. Eat healthy foods


The link between physical health and mental health becomes more and more apparent as I get older.  When you eat well, you feel so much better, and are able to be more productive and creative!

  1. Just eat the stupid cheeseburger


Are you really going to spend your life eating kale and quinoa for every meal?  Life is short.  Eat this cheeseburger and love every stupid bite of it.

  1. Make a to-do list


Being organized helps immensely with writing.  When overwhelmed by all the things you are responsible for, watching them swim around in your head and fogging everything up, writing becomes basically impossible.  Making a list keeps you on track and helps you feel accomplished when you get to check something off.

  1. Throw your to-do list out and watch Netflix all day


Sometimes, the best thing you can do is set your to-do list on fire (figuratively, not literally … but that might be cathartic), wrap up in a blanket burrito, and do absolutely nothing.  Doing nothing can be quite therapeutic.

  1. Unplug


You spend way too much time on Facebook.  You need to close those social media tabs when it’s time to write or else you will accomplish nothing.

  1. Connect


Get on Facebook!  Even if it’s just a brief chat with a friend, sometimes having that little respite from work and connecting with others energizes you enough to get you through whatever it is you’re working on.

  1. Read the Classics


Nothing will stimulate your mind or your growth as a writer and a person like reading the most profound and critically-acclaimed literature.  Their impact on history and culture have shaped our modern world.

  1. Read the “Garbage”


Being well-read is all well and good, but sometimes you need to break out of the tedium and fantasize about what it might be like to have a crush on a brooding, sparkly bloodsucker.


People are almost always willing to dispense some sort of advice.  But nobody knows you as intimately as you do, and you are the only one who knows the balance that you need in order to be the best writer you can be.

So as I part from you all, and the project, I want to leave you with this bit of advice: you don’t have to listen to anybody’s advice.

I’d like to thank Heather Dorn for being such an amazing Director for the project, and more specifically being so patient and incredibly insightful in her interactions with me; and Clara Barnhart for being such a wonderfully peaceful and calm presence even when I was at peak anxiety levels.

And lastly, I want to thank all of you who have been a part of the Binghamton Poetry Project community for truly being the source the highest highs during my internship.

It’s been a pleasure.

Stay tuned for the schedule of summer workshops and for our new interns’ blogs and Facebook statuses as we gear up for another season in Fall 2016.

See you when I see you,

Intern Ashley


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