Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, a collection of 200 poems about love and loss – abuse and healing, initially self-published in 2014 sold over a million copies, and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 52 consecutive weeks, in 2017.
Following the success of Milk and honey , kaur didn’t have to hustle to publish The Sun and Her Flower, she sat back and chose from list of firms a publisher with the finest deal.
Although the themes of Kaur’s writing is motivational, it is her lower-case-only writing style and lack of punctuation that I find most inspiring.
“we are all born
the greatest tragedy is
being convinced we are not”
One of her explanation for writing in lower case letters is to preserve the rudiments of her mother’s dialect, in which there is no distinction between upper and lower case letters in writing.
Not only does writing in lowercase preserves Kaur’s culture, in addition to the preeminence from such a noble cause, her style also distinguishes her work from her peers, which is a major objective of creative writing.
For creative writers who are tempted to use Capitalization as a writing device, Kaur’s story is a prime model on how to break away from the confinement of rigid rules stifling your imagination.