Writer’s Block: Why I (Still) Write

16th June, 2016. 2:25am

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I don’t believe in writer’s block. I always say that when you can’t write, you’re simply uninspired. Now I’m not so sure. Still, I keep writing… Whenever I can, that is. Continue reading

Dealbreaker

18th December, 2015. 5:15pm

Writing 101, Poetry – Day 10: Farewell

Write a poem about a farewell today: perhaps this image may bring back memories of loved ones who passed, or revive memories of those that departed from our lives. Or you could focus on the more mundane, but still powerful moments of your daily goodbye rituals, whether it’s a friend, partner, or member of your family.

Why poetry courses only lasts for ten days, I could never understand; I fell hard in love with it too much! But all good things must come to an end, so with a heavy heart, I bid my final poem of the year. **PS: Sorry if it’s such a downer. Continue reading

Invisible

17th December, 2015. 5:15pm

Writing 101, Poetry – Day 9: Camouflage

For today’s poem, take inspiration from camouflage — you may apply it in any way you like, whether you write about visual or social dissimulation, or focus on the way we hide our myriad emotions, actions, and reactions. What would be your ultimate smokescreen, concealment, or mask?

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When I hear the word camouflage, I always think about animals who can easily hide from their prey. I didn’t want to write something like that, so of course, like always I used it as a metaphor. I was late today because me and my cousins went shopping, so I have to work the night instead. Continue reading

Canvas

16th December, 2015. 11:40am

Writing 101, Poetry – Day 8: Graffiti

For today’s poem, reflect on what graffiti means to you. Tell the story of a particularly memorable wall. Quote a powerful example of graffiti you’d seen (and feel free to share an image, if you’d like). Or write the poem as if it were itself splashed, for all to see, against the largest wall in town.

I really thought that I would be having a hard time with today’s assignment but it was surprisingly easy to write about. I think I used a variety of poetic forms and device which names I can’t remember, but I’m pretty sure you can spot a few. And they’re right, it’s so easy to write a poem when you don’t have to think about the poetic form and/or device that you need to use. I guess, when you’re given a blank canvas, inspiration tends to fall easily. All you have to do is start writing (or, in our case, typing).

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Beloved

15th December, 2015. 4:15pm

Writing 101, Poetry – Day 7: Beloved

Today, write a poem celebrating your beloved. It does not have to be a specific person — you could address an imaginary beloved from the future who’s waiting for you. You could take on the persona of a well-known mythological or historic character and address her or his beloved in your poem. You could create a new type of lover and beloved.

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When I first read what today’s assignment is all about, it scared the heck out of me. I don’t want to write about something I have written many times before, because I know I can do better than that. I was supposed to write an ode about a particular person; I even thought of a perfect title for my poem, but I immediately scratched it when I started writing the first line. I guess maybe, in a way, this prompt is about writing an ode, since we were told to celebrate a beloved. Only, on my part, I think I did quite the opposite. Continue reading