Bella Wick

Bella Wick

Hi all! I'm a rising junior at UNC Wilmington (go Seahawks!) in the creative writing and English departments. I want to be a copy editor and love the experience of writing!

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Nature Writing

Writing about nature is an interesting way to go about creative nonfiction. Nature writing forces a writer out of their comfort zone and requires them to have a personal interaction with the world around them. Some nature writers travel for months at a time following a flock of birds, living in a wooded area, or experiencing different climates, all while taking notes and collecting research. What impact does this interaction with nature have on the writer? How does this help the writer grow? What are the limits of nature writing? Nature is an interesting topic in the field of writing that should be explored and discovered.

  • That's totally agree on. Bella Wick. Nature can be fascinating in oh so many ways. – WSSfan 9 months ago
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  • I couldn't agree with you more, Bella Wick. I'd like to recommend a particularly interesting book, Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees, by Roger Deakin (2007. Penguin Books. ISBN 9780141010014). Quoting from the back cover 'Roger Deakin's unmatched exploration of our relationship with trees is autobiography, history, traveller's tale and incisive work of natural history. It will take you into the heart of the woods, where we go to grown and learn'. Especially apt in a time when trees are being felled to make way for 5G. – Amyus 9 months ago
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  • I find this take very interesting Bella. I also think writing in nature also allows for the persons inner creativity shine through, it allows for their interpretation of what they are perceiving, all the while giving the reader the opportunity to step into the writers words and visualize and feel what they are seeing. You look at the great western writers such as Thoreau, and Muir, who steeped themselves in nature for an extensive period of time, they were able to get closer to the earth, a deep connection, and the actualization that they are a part of this beautiful spinning rock in the cosmos. I am so stoked for you to explore this topic if you do choose to do so! – thomasgoenczi 8 months ago
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  • You can't write about a penguin if you don't see it, you have to experience it yourself. – otohoanglong 8 months ago
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  • This is definitely an interesting topic. Recently, I had watched a small documentary about the importance of nature and the psychological impact this has on astronauts. Astronauts spend months in space and psychologists needed to take into account how much they miss earth as whole. The life and creation on earth as a whole is what they miss. Nature writing I think would definitely help with the mentality of these astronauts who spend months up in space with no interaction with simple things that we take for granted such as trees, animals and rivers. Perhaps, nature writing and taking pictures of nature could help them feel more at home? – JAbida 8 months ago
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Bella Wick

I love that you’ve written about writing. I was skeptical at first because there is no correct way to go about writing, but you removed all skepticism by mentioning that no two authors are the same. I love that you wrote this as (I hope) an inspiration for others to sit down and write, even if they’ve never thought about writing for pleasure before.

The "Write" Way
Bella Wick

As a writer, I can note this to be very true. Any time that I walk or ride my bike when I’m by myself, my creative thoughts flood my brain. I love walking and enjoying nature around me, and I find that walking helps more than with just creativity. Recently, I have been walking trails with a friend, and we talk the entire time whereas in the car we can sometimes struggle for conversation. Walking does wonders for creative stimulation.

Walking and Writing: The Effects of Exercise on Creative Thinking
Bella Wick

This is fantastic! As a creative writer myself, it can be hard to find those who see the arts in their truest potential. I agree with you that creative writing is the best way to look at a reality. Not only writing, but many different types of arts can provide a deeper thinking rather than a superficial way of thinking––which can often happen with STEM programs. I also love the idea that it is a writer’s duty to share experiences with the world, whether the world finds it interesting or not. This was a great read!

Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality