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Best Stories of Ravyne Hawke

The Writer Shares Her Favorites

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I want to give a big thank you to Dr Mehmet Yildiz for encouraging us to share our favorite pieces of writing with the Illumination community. Since I write poetry, fiction, personal essays and articles, I will share a few from each category.

POETRY

I have written a lot of poetry here on Medium — some new and some refurbished from decades ago. My poetry is normally personal, dark, confessional and free verse. Here is my favorite in this category — it is about all I gave up to fulfill my dreams and the final realization of just what Uterine Cancer took from me:

Pondering My Womb

This poem is my first curated piece on Medium. It tells about losing my memory as a child from being in a coma and all that I lost as a result:

The Mourning of You

And finally, I love writing Haiku, Senryu and Haibun. Here is my favorite — it tells the story of one of the last times I am with a close friend at a river for the day:

Reflections at the River

FICTION

I’d almost always written poetry and it wasn’t until I took a flash fiction writing course in college that I realized how much I loved fitting an entire story into as few words as possible. Here are a few of my favorite:

PERSONAL ESSAYS

I tend to write about Mental Health frequently. As one who has suffered depression for most of her life, I like to share my personal experiences and journey to wellness with others. Here are a couple of personal essays I’ve written on the subject:

ARTICLES

And finally, I have written a few articles on various subjects, but these two are my favorites:

Thank you so much for reading my list here. I hope you find something of interest.

Lori Carlson writes poetry, fiction, articles and personal essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, and the LGBTQ+ community. She currently writes for Loose Words,💜POM💜 , Illumination, The Friday Fix, House of Haiku, Know Thyself, Heal Thyself, The Purple Pen, Blue Insights, a Few Words, and Tempest in Under 1000


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Best Stories of Sowmya Sridhar

From murder hornets to quarantine reads, here’re my personal favorites.

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Seeing everyone else’s collections of their favorite posts on Illumination has inspired me to create my own! Thanks to Dr Mehmet Yildiz for starting this challenge.

I’ve only written 14 articles so far, so though I don’t have a vast collection to choose from, here are my favorite articles I’ve written.

The Power of Procrastination

This was my first ever article on Medium, back in November 2019! As a newbie, my formatting needed improvement. However, if you get past the large chunks of text, the content is solid and may provide a new perspective on the much demonized topic of procrastination.

Though procrastination is often seen as the enemy of productivity, leaving projects to the last minute has surprising benefits.

Murder Hornets: A Cause for Concern?

Asian giant hornets, nicknamed “murder hornets,” caused quite a buzz in the US after their initial appearance last month. Despite their terrifying nickname, here’s why you don’t need to fly into a panic over these insects. It’s not you, it’s the local honeybee population that these hornets are out to get.

5 Must-Read Books for Quarantine

Quarantine has freed up a large chunk of our time previously dedicated to social events and commute time. With this extra time, many of us have turned to the kitchen, pumping out loaves and loaves of banana bread. But when you get tired of baking and binge watching Netflix, crack open a book and travel to another world from the comfort of your home!

Here are 5 books I’ve enjoyed during quarantine, and hopefully, you will too.

The One Trait You Need to Overcome Any Obstacle In Your Life

We’ve all dealt with struggles in our lives. The difference between those who stand strong like a dam when the ocean of obstacles rises and those who erode is one key trait.

With courage in your heart, you will be able to overcome the insurmountable.

Forget About Word Count and Focus On Good Writing

As a young writer, I consumed as much content as I could on how to achieve success on Medium. Soon, I discovered that 7 minutes was the optimal length for an article: not too long, not too short. However, a word count or certain length should’t be the primary aspect that dictates our writing.

Here’s why the quality of your writing will draw in more readers than playing to the algorithm.

I hope you enjoy these pieces! I’m looking forward to become a more engaged part of the Illumination community over the next few months.


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6 Ways To Get Creative Article Ideas From Everyday Life

You don’t need to live a glamorous lifestyle to create captivating content

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Skydiving, climbing Mount Everest, or backpacking through Europe: these are all great experiences to write about. But, what if you haven’t had the chance to gain these experiences? What if your day to day life consists of work, eat, sleep, repeat?

I used to think that as a high schooler, my articles could never be as captivating as someone who has accumulated a lifetime of adventure. But, with the right mindset, even mundane activities and ordinary experiences can spark brilliant writing.

So, how can you create fascinating content while living an ordinary life?

Appreciate the power of boredom

Boredom allows your thoughts to settle, leaving behind the endless flow of the mind at the bottom and letting insightful ideas rise to the top.

As you wash dishes, fold clothes, or sweep the floor, you switch into an auto-state. According to Sandi Mann, a senior psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, boredom is “a search for neural stimulation that isn’t satisfied. If we can’t find that, our mind will create it.”

When you’re washing the dishes or doing the laundry, don’t turn on a podcast or your favorite song. Instead, explore the depths of your mind by letting your mind wander. In fact, the idea that sparked this article came when I was making my bed.

As Plato said, necessity is the mother of invention, so being forced to entertain yourself will expand your imagination.

Go on a walk

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” — Henry David Thoreau

Even though I’ve lived in the same neighborhood for years, I still find myself discovering new streets on my walks. Not only do I discover new streets, I discover hidden ideas in the depths of my brain. The change from my walled room to the great outdoors breaks me free from a monotonous routine and jump-starts my brain.

Walking in nature has been proven to stimulate creativity and boost problem solving skills. As your creativity increases, you’ll be able to create unique connections between ideas and provide new perspectives in your writing.

From Dickens to Wordsworth, many famous writers have credited their creative ideas to daily walks. Take their advice, and start a walking habit.

Discover a new restaurant

Instead of ordering the same dish from the same fast-food place you buy from every Friday, try out a new restaurant.

Enjoy cuisine from a culture you’re unfamiliar with. Of course, going to Saravana Bhavan, a popular Indian restaurant, isn’t the same as actually travelling to India. However, you will get the chance to taste new flavors and meet people you wouldn’t normally encounter.

Going somewhere new also increases excitement, which in turn, boosts creativity.

Consume the creative work of others

Quotes I find, books I read, and videos I watch often spark my interest in a certain topic and provide article ideas. Medium curates articles on a diverse range of topics, so it exposes us to varying subjects and perspectives.

While you yourself may not have travelled to Japan, following the journey of a travel blogger could provide inspiration for your latest novel’s setting. Books ensure that we can vision wild experiences from the comfort of home.

Start journaling

Meeting a stranger, discovering a new lake near your house, or losing your wallet may not seem like notable experiences worthy of being stored in a notebook for eternity. However, when you look through your diary entries a few months or years later, a “mundane” experience could provide the perfect anecdote for your latest article.

I occasionally flip through the pages of the diary I’ve written in on and off since 6th grade, and I’m often reminded of memories I can weave into my stories.

Find your unique perspectives in everyday activities

I’m currently working on articles about life lessons I’ve learned from karate and baking. Though attending karate classes has become a weekly routine for me, the analogies I can use to relate karate to life may be a newfound perspective for my audience.

If we learn to appreciate our special experiences, we can spread the knowledge we’ve learned to others. Though you may have the same 9 to 5 job as a million other people, showing others how you view the world will beat out a lacklustre travel blog.

The Takeaway

Don’t let a “mundane” life keep you from crafting unique content. You don’t need to travel the world or hold a glamorous job to write stories people want to read.

Rather, it’s about finding ways to stimulate our imagination and pulling insightful moments from everyday life. Through these simple techniques, you can boost your creativity and gain valuable experiences from the comfort of your city.


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Writing When You Have Nothing to Write About

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Sometimes inspiration doesn’t strike, but you still need to work with it. Last week I challenged myself to write on Medium every day for a month, so today I have to write something.

What should I write about? My usual search for inspiration is mostly me thinking what’s different about me and what can I share with others. Today I came up with nothing, but I still need to write about the nothingness that composes my ideas.

Writing for me is just like telling a story to someone sitting in front of me. I’m quite new to this, so I’d happily accept any help or tips that can improve my future writing.

Now I’m just writing nonsense to fill out this paragraph. Navy blue table with twelve halved legs, blonde doorknob, rabbit, rabbit again. I have no idea if this writing exercise would benefit me in any way, but I’m doing it anyway. I hope next time I write, the quality will have improved thanks to this spectacularly engaging and interesting piece of work.

If you have any ideas on things I can write about, please tell me. I’m 15, so maybe my take on popular opinions or beliefs… I don’t know. I’d really appreciate any responses and comments.


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On the Shoulders of Giants…

The world today is a busy place. Seldom do people have time to look around and admire the spectacle of human civilisation, and when they do, it is to them, just the familiar everyday world.

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The cave-dweller from prehistoric times will find today’s reality hard to believe — he can choose to be proud as a father, as a progenitor, or faint from shock. For all those million years, evolution and selection have worked their magic, and today, man is the most formidable species on the planet.

It is no chance, nor is it god’s will — man must take full credit for what he is, and what he has done.

Man has challenged the natural order, holding back catastrophe more often than not. It is hard to imagine, if one tries to think, how an ambitious yet small creature could build beyond his scale.

There goes an apocryphal saying (wrongly, and unfairly) attributed to Commissioner of the United States Patent Office, C.H. Duell:

Everything that can be invented has been invented.

— Unknown

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Man has come far — and at every juncture where he found his short-lived peace, he was thrust into the future by Science. Every time — it has been a humble effort to improve, and nothing more.

The inventors of the automobile had no other purpose in mind than to eliminate the need for horses — it was a steam-driven carriage they invented, in an era of horse-driven carriages.

In all the flattering appraisal of mankind as a race, one often forgets that there are a select few who deserve credit, if I may go so far to say, sole credit. It is equivalent to saying that the first domino is the foremost — without it falling, nothing happens.

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Time and again, such men are born — men possessed of vision — of ordinary birth yet extraordinary calibre. When the rest of the world has settled to a stop, these men rise in rebellion, for to them, there is a lot left to do.

Raising questions was always forbidden — the contemporary order has always been convenient.

When they had the venerable Socrates drink hemlock, they had no inkling of what they were proceeding to kill — not just a man, but a powerhouse of ideas.

Copernicus held his works for publication until his death, to escape the wrath of the Church.

Galileo came next — the Church was afraid they were going to double back upon an older belief — the Aristotelian geocentric theory — that had been neatly integrated into theology by then. A heliocentric theory would be totally inconvenient.

And then there have been men such as Sir Isaac Newton, who have, with their thorough scientific inquiry, worked up revolutions in Scientific thought. When praised for his substantial contribution to Science, the modest man had only this to say:

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

— Isaac Newton

The world today, in all its technical sophistication, must not cease to remember those responsible for its splendour. For all that shall be done hence is built upon centuries of effort — Titans have carried us this far.

And the world shall proceed like it always has — on the Shoulders of Giants.

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