Show Your Work: How Do You Know What You Know?

Show Your Work: How Do You Know What You Know?

by Gyasi Byng July 17, 2018 2 Comments

Writers, our readers aren’t going to find us out. We’re not playing pretend. Our writing isn’t a performance. We’re simply in conversation with our readers, and we’re showing them how we know what we know at this point in time.

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The Blessing and Burden of Knowledge

The Blessing and Burden of Knowledge

by Gyasi Byng February 13, 2018 1 Comment

Do I enjoy having this knowledge about myself? The knowledge that I have anxiety and another bout of depression could be waiting a few months down the road? No, I can’t say that I do....However, knowing that I will eventually have a good day and I will come out of my depression has steadied me.

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Don’t Skip Ahead: The Reward of a Satisfying Ending

Don’t Skip Ahead: The Reward of a Satisfying Ending

by Gyasi Byng October 31, 2017 2 Comments

They were self-contained, well-wrapped packages gifted to a reader like myself. They didn’t let me see the mess of their writing: the ideas that never made it out of their notes, the omitted paragraphs, the anxiety-inducing feedback, the days spent writing alone, the cups and cups of coffee, the third and fourth revisions, the missed dinners with friends, and the feelings of failure.

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To be Lost in Space

To be Lost in Space

by Gyasi Byng July 20, 2017

Any honest PhD candidate will tell you that our work can be isolating. Even though a great deal of our work involves interaction (teaching, office hours, comparing notes with colleagues, attending lectures, and sometimes venting with other students about how we never have enough time), the majority of our work requires great stretches of time spent alone. 

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How Can We Be Silent?

How Can We Be Silent?

by Gyasi Byng March 28, 2017

I’ve been thinking about silence. What role should silence play in our everyday lives? What should be a Christian’s relationship to quiet? Personally, I thrive on silence. Noise and chatter are grating to me. Quiet is therapeutic. When I sit still, be quiet, and remain silent, I’m able to sort through the chaos of my thoughts...

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The Case for Empathy

The Case for Empathy

by Gyasi Byng November 22, 2016 1 Comment

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Can Writers Ever Break Free of Patriotism?

Can Writers Ever Break Free of Patriotism?

by Gyasi Byng September 15, 2016 1 Comment

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When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Heroes

When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Heroes

by Gyasi Byng July 27, 2016

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Black Girl Future

Black Girl Future

by Gyasi Byng June 16, 2016

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Writing Something Rotten and Magical

Writing Something Rotten and Magical

by Gyasi Byng May 26, 2016 1 Comment

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An Unexpected Reader: Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman

An Unexpected Reader: Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman

by Gyasi Byng May 09, 2016

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Should My Cyber-Self “Unfriend” You?

Should My Cyber-Self “Unfriend” You?

by Gyasi Byng December 09, 2015

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Come, All Ye Cyborgs

Come, All Ye Cyborgs

by Gyasi Byng November 11, 2015

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