Writing poetry

I wrote one poem in my adult life, five or six years ago. I think I might try writing another. This may seem unusual, seeing as I know nothing about poetry. But, I do know about writing... and what is poetry but a lyrical, condensed form of writing? I hate rhyming and repetitive patterns, though …

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Words

Are like puzzle pieces with many sides. Cube or dodecahedron even, and can lock together in many ways to reveal many pictures. Sometimes you just have to make them line up in any way that makes sense, and sometimes you spend hours sliding them around, moving them here and there, until you get exactly the …

How would you describe it?

As a writing exercise, I often try to describe random objects or scenes that I see in my daily life. I don't type them out--just in my mind. But I try to come up with the words to put exactly what I'm looking at right then into someone else's head. How do I get across …

Cleaning up

I feel like I'm chipping away garbage words in my writing like plaque scrapped from teeth. Often it's been there so long you think its a part of you. I'm making sentences shorter and clearer. Clarity is most important. If the reader can't understand what you are trying to say, then what's the point? How …

Be the best you can be

I recently started reading The Crimson Petal and the White,  by Michel Faber, in my attempt to read instead of browse the internet and social media on my devices. I can't remember the last time I've been so impressed by prose, if ever. The story follows a young prostitute in 1870's London--a subject I have …

Discovery writing

I get why they call it that, I really do. When I write, I never know any details when I start. I have a vague idea of something I'd like to write about. Maybe I have a glimmer of a character, and some thing's she'll do, places she'll go. I have a sort of impression …

Short sentences

After finishing 'several short sentences about writing' , as I mentioned earlier. I'm still thinking about it, and considering reading it again already. I have a lot to learn about writing. For one, my sentences tend to be too long and meandering. I need to do away with 'with' and 'as' where I can. Be …