Unwritten

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.

Birthday Weekend Getaway

January 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM | Posted in Lifestyle, Travel, Writing | 5 Comments
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I just came back from San Juan, Batangas where I spent my birthday frolicking at the beach and relaxing at the resort. It was sort of an adventure trip actually. I traveled alone with no companion at all. It was my first time as a solo traveler and I must say that I enjoyed it very much. This was what I’ve always wanted – some time alone by myself.

This idea came about last year when I decided to do something out of the ordinary for my birthday this 2012. I said to myself that I’m going to treat myself this year and go out of town. And after a stressful month at work, I booked myself a resort room in Balai sa San Juan just in time for the long weekend holiday.

So last Friday, I found myself traveling to an unfamiliar place excited about spending time at the beach. The resort had this rustic feel to it and I loved that it was situated in a secluded area. My room had no phone, TV, and minibar at all. There was no WiFi either. And I was glad because I didn’t want any modern distraction. Part of the reason why I wanted to go solo was because I wanted to go back to writing. It’s been a long time since I drafted a short story, and the beach was the perfect place for me to write.

I spent my first day at the resort exploring and just walking along the beach taking in the fresh sea breeze and watching the calming waves. I intended to watch the sunset at the beach but unfortunately, the skies were cloudy that time and the sun remained hidden behind those clouds. I reserved the night just typing away at my laptop with a new story in mind.

The morning after was my birthday and I spent the whole day at the beach. It was a good thing that it was off season because there was hardly anyone at the beach. After enjoying a good few hours of swimming, I settled in one of the cottages along the shore and past the time alternately reading a book and writing. I stayed there until dusk but unfortunately no sign of the sunset again because the sky remained cloudy.

I checked out the next day but not before I had my last walk along the beach. It’s such a shame that my vacation ended so soon. I honestly was not ready to leave. In fact, when I came back to Manila I felt disappointed after I had my first glimpse of the skycrapers. The mountains, trees and lush greeneries of Batangas were gone and instead there were concrete and steel everywhere. I’ll take the beach any day if you ask me.

My Writing Decoded

July 22, 2010 at 11:20 PM | Posted in Writing | Leave a comment
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Well this isn’t really an “official” or formal analysis of my writing style. It’s just a fun and amusing tool to use so you have an idea on which famous writer resembles your writing style.  I pasted a few paragraphs of my unfinished short story/novel on I Write Like and this was what came up:

I write like
Margaret Atwood

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

But then I pasted another sample of my writing to see if the same result would show. This time I pasted a few paragraphs of one of my blog posts on the site and to my surprise (and delight), this was what came up:

I write like
Jane Austen

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I never read anything by Margaret Atwood (perhaps it’s time to do so?) so I can’t really tell if I write like her. As for Jane Austen, sure I like her but there’s just no way that I write like her.

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.

Stuck

February 7, 2008 at 4:30 PM | Posted in Musings, Writing | Leave a comment
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I’m supposed to finish writing something at work today but my mind just goes blank every time I try to write. I just can’t seem to focus on the task right now. There are times when I do a few writing exercises to get my creative juices flowing. Sometimes they work; other times they don’t no matter how hard I concentrate. This is one of those days.

I surfed the Net a while ago in search of other writing exercises and came across Jack Kerouac’s creative writing techniques. I’ve never read a book by Jack Kerouac but his writing style (called Spontaneous Prose) is pretty darn interesting. I should try this method one of these days.

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