writer's life

Can You Be Creative Under Pressure?

“Is it possible to be creative under pressure?” One of my stressed-out friends asked me this a few weeks ago and it led me to remember something that happened when I was in secondary school. When I was 16, I was commandeered, to write a poem. Yep, you read that right. My boarding school was having a creative arts competition between the various houses to celebrate the end of the school year. One of the activities included a poetry reading …

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Writing Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Today marks day 65 for me in quarantine. I still can’t believe I’ve been indoors for 2 months. I go out for grocery shopping and to pick up mail at the post office but I’m mostly in my room. Though I’m an introvert, the first two to three weeks of quarantine were tedious for me because my reading and writing schedule had been changed without proper planning. I need a certain mindset to read and write and they both crashed …

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Writing Challenge 2020

This writing challenge is one I’ve set for myself in 2020. It’s a little bit different from the popular NaNoWriMo. In that challenge, people attempt to complete a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 – 30 every year. I tried that a few years ago and didn’t care for the undue pressure it put on me, which ended up stifling my creativity. However, I have been terrible over the years with my writing schedule. I write off and on, as …

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Why Do You Write?

“Why do you like writing?” This is a question someone asked me a few weeks ago. It’s a question I used to ask myself too. A long time ago. Writing is not an easy task even if you have a natural talent for it. On any given day, you can sit in front of a laptop and stare at a blank screen until blood starts to gather at your temples in desperation yet one word might not come out. On …

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