Writing started off as an emotional outlet for me, but with time it grew to be so much more that just a mere spilling of emotions to a page. It grew to be a passion and a way of life — just as vital as air itself. It evolved from diary and journal entries to poetry, scripts and short stories. Beyond my corporate and lifestyle copywriting skills, here is a brief history on the creative writing that really fuels my soul substantially.
I fell in love with poetry in High School, specifically Grade 9, I was about 15-years-old. Credit goes to my English teacher at the time for the sprouting of this love. She helped me nurture the art in her own quirky ways and I am most grateful. A great emphasis was on Shakespeare and his sonnets, but I was particularly drawn to E.E. Cummings. Cummings’ writing style was unusual and difficult to comprehend which only made me fixate on it even more. The poem that drove me crazy, in a good way, was r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r. Once I finally figured out what was going on with it, Cummings become my favourite poet. I went on to read more of his poetry and i thank You God for this most amazing become favourite piece throughout High School and early University. Sooner than later, I discovered more poets — African, WOC, POC and the journey goes on. Some of my current favourites include; Alexandra Elle, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Nayyirah Waheed, Warsan Shire, Tapiwa Mugabe, Ruby Franciso, Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, Key Ballah, and the classics — Maya Angelou, Tupac Shakur and still E.E. Cummings.
In my second year of University, Film Studies was one of my elective courses with which I was able to study scriptwriting as a seminar for a semester. Studying scriptwriting exposed me to film directors such as Perdo Almodóvar, particularly his film, The Skin I Live In, which inspired almost all the short scripts I wrote in University. His work opened up a whole new world of creativity I had not thought accessible before. In a lot of ways, his work enabled me to embrace my darker side in writing and life overall. It was almost as if through watching his films, I indirectly gained a higher level of self-acceptance, I embraced all I was and began channeling that in everything. There was also Woody Allen’s film, Vicky Christina Barcelona, that made an impression and deepened my love for scriptwriting. I love everything about this film. I could relate to almost all the emotions unpacked in it yet it still felt foreign enough to have me feeling like I was no longer myself. In some instances I was Vicky, I was Christina, I was Juan, and even Maria. I found that to be brilliant — getting your audience to relate so profoundly to each character yet still have a favourite — or rather, a more morally appealing preference. Woody Allen highlights some very fascinating human behaviours, and all in the space of one vacation.
I have been writing stories since Primary School so nothing new or out of the ordinary there. However, it was after University that I realised that beyond writing scripts, poetry and essays — I simply enjoy writing stories, for myself and out of my own freewill. Imagine that. There was one thing that changed significantly though, as opposed to writing essay styled stories, there is always a strange format/style to the pieces I produce. In some cases the stories have poetry intertwined in them, or they are utterly abstract, or simply prose turned fancy, in someway or another. Although, if I must be honest, a lot of the short stories I have are book ideas that die before the intended first chapter is completed. Sometimes I wonder if I lack the discipline and patience to write a book — the formula and secret code/ingredient — or perhaps I simply don’t have “the book” yet. I can’t be sure yet. For a snippet of my life I indulged in some recreational activities that pushed my creativity with my work, and my life in general. There was a series I wrote called “Acid Dreams” because your girl here was having some trippy dreams. That quality of peculiarity never quite left my system so every now and then, it seeps into my stories.
Although my palate for creative writing is quite diverse, it continues to expand and become more enriched with unpredictable life experiences. A welcomed unpredictability was my coming into corporate and lifestyle copywriting as a career path. Through this experience, I have gained skills in writing various types of copy including but not limited to; newsletters, reviews, blogging (lifestyle articles), promotions, social media posts, and the list goes on. Beyond the actual writing, my skills in proofreading and editing are continuously refined with each new piece I produce.
If you ever find yourself in need of a creative writer, copywriter or sub-editor, contact me.