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The Journey Ends

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The Journey Ends

And so my residency has come to an end. It has been an interesting journey...I've made new friends along the way and discovered things about myself and the Toronto lit scene in the process.

Here are some of the things I've learned:

1. Writers, despite their competitiveness, take comfort in each other.

2. More people read your work than the comment boxes suggest.

3. It's okay not to know what you're going to write about until you write it.

4. There are still opportunities out there for those of us who refuse to give up.

5. Missed opportunities give us more reasons to create our own.

6. Sometimes it's necessary to talk about writing.

7. Sometimes it's not.

8. Humour can be the greatest asset a writer possesses. (coffee helps too)

Wishing Mr. David Tucker a wonderful August residency!

(if you want to read my blog after my residency is up, visit me here:

So long folks....happy writing!

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Sheniz Janmohamed

Sheniz Janmohamed is a spoken word artist, author and graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph. Her first book, Bleeding Light (TSAR) a collection of sufi-inspired English ghazals, was published in 2010.

Go to Sheniz Janmohamed’s Author Page