All posts tagged: writing

A bit of process

The other day a friend, after reading one of my posts, mentioned that it was impressive the amount of work I seem to put behind some of them, with research and so on. He wondered how long it normally takes me to write a post. Of course, it depends on each one of them. Some posts take me just a few minutes to write (and then a bit longer to proof read them and make edits) but I can pretty much publish a post in less than half an hour, if in a hurry. Other posts, on the contrary, take a bit longer. A quick look at my drafts can tell you that some ideas have been there for quite a long time, some have been gathering dust for months even! Those are the extreme cases. Normally, my inspiration comes from pretty much everywhere. From the songs that I’m listening to, to whichever is happening in the news. More often than not, it’s just a small detail that prompts me to think and wonder, and …

One more day

He couldn’t take his eyes away from the sight of his hands, covered in blood. Blood dripping steadily to the floor, almost hypnotically. He turned his hands around, as if not believing what he was seeing, as if he was confused, and tried to wipe them against each other, unsuccessfully. A low moan brought him back to the scene in front of him. ‘No, please,’ he almost begged, closing his eyes. ‘Why don’t you just die?’ He looked down to the girl lying on the floor, and cringed at the sight in front of him. She was looking at him with terrified big blue eyes, eyes made even bigger by the pain she surely was suffering. ‘Why don’t you just die?’ he whispered, a tear threatening to start falling across his cheek. ‘Please…’ she managed to say. Jenson wasn’t sure he would be able to strike her again, but she needed to die, sooner rather than later. He cast a quick glance at his watch, whose crystal was smeared with blood. Ten minutes to midnight, …

Looking forward

Today, I’m back to writing about challenging myself. It’s a recurrent topic for me, but one that I enjoy greatly. I am not going to talk about past challenges I’ve done, if you’ve read the blog for a while, you’ll be already bored with them! If you haven’t, have a look around and explore (I’ve been tagging them as challenge, so they shouldn’t be too difficult to find, hopefully!) So, what’s on the horizon for me? I like challenging myself both physically and psychologically, because, well, I guess that’s what gives me the kick to go on. I’m not crazy about challenges, or one of those daredevils that would do anything without thinking… No, I like to keep everything a bit more manageable. Hey, not having soft drinks for a week can also be a challenge! I have a few going on at the moment, so here they are, as well as why I’m doing them: Stop biting my cuticles. I’ve been sort of trying this for years. Truth is, it’s a bad habit that …

Creative writing

This is sort of becoming a habit, linking between the two blogs back and forth, but well, that’s what happens when endless conversations lead to posts that lead to more endless conversations, I suppose. So I was talking to Sam and, again, we were talking about how to overcome writer’s block. Last time I told him to just write and he did so, but not as he intended at first – to write a post and publish it without revisions of content, or wondering too much about what readers might think about it. So yesterday was the day when he was going to just write it, and then he would just publish it too. I mentioned a creative writing exercise to him: restriction. The idea is simple, instead of writing about anything, which is an infinite and daunting pool of topics; restrict your creativity to write about something specific. Let chance choose the topic for you. Very common are the “30 days challenge” in photography and creative writing, in which each day you’re presented with …