November 19, 2014 at 11:48 PM | Posted in Musings, Writing | Leave a comment
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Sharon Olds poem

I recently came across this poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds and it struck me as both poignant and relevant. This particular line of the poem spoke to me like it was talking about my life. As an introvert, I am never the type to put my heart on my sleeve. Whatever my opinions are, whatever I feel I usually put it in writing – either on this blog, in my private diary, or on social media. I can be a really keen observer, especially when it comes to people and situations. I might not be very vocal about it, but I form opinions in my head. I am like Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I write what I observe. Perhaps some of that you can read on my blog or on Twitter but some are kept in private, away from prying eyes.

The poem also reminded me of my previous attempt to write my own autobiography. Given my past and present experiences, I have a lot of stories to tell. Some of them I’ve already divulged to my close friends but others are still waiting to be written. Maybe someday I will eventually write about them or maybe not. There are things in life that are better left forgotten, unspoken or unwritten.

It’s a Story, Morning Glory

April 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM | Posted in Writing | Leave a comment
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I’m currently writing a new short story. The idea of this story has been going around in my head for the past several days and I’ve been able to write down a few pages of it. I think the plot is interesting enough and I hope to finish it soon. Simultaneously, I’m also writing an essay and finishing a poem I started last week.

The funny thing about my writing mood is that I tend to get my creative juices flowing when I’m feeling down. I get to write short stories and poems better when I’m dealing with a personal problem. So yeah, like in that line from Bon Jovi’s song, “In These Arms,” the poet (me, that is) needs the pain to be able to write good poetry or story. At least that is what’s effective for me.

I have written another short story before but up to now I haven’t gotten around to finishing it. I was in the process of writing the sixth chapter of that story but somehow I’m just not up for it anymore. I kept revising the other chapters in the past couple of years until I came to a point where I didn’t want to finish it anymore. What I thought to be a great plot is now just not compelling enough. But I’m not going to throw it out. Who knows, I might change my mind on that one eventually.

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