Creative Writing, Haiku, Poems, Poetry, Spoken Word, Writing

Brad-ku

This weeks blog is later than normal because I’m planning on posting on Saturdays rather than Wednesdays from now on for various reasons.  But as promised, this one ties in nicely with the Haiku I posted last week.

For the most part, I never really liked Haikus. Maybe it’s the strict adherence to guidelines. You know, the 5-7-5 syllable count and usually about nature. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the form. I’ve read many wonderful and brilliant Haikus. They just don’t appeal to my personal style.

In response to my feelings of Haiku entrapment, I came up with my own poetic form a few years back when I was doing poetry slams and open mic nights on a regular basis.  They were dubbed Brad-kus by my fellow poets.  They are 4 lines, usually spoken word, have no syllable count requirements, were generally something I saw, and tend to have an unexpected twist at the end, often to humorous effect.  I know, that seems like more rules than a Haiku but they’re really just guidelines.

I figured I would share the first one I ever wrote and read in front of an audience. As always, feel free to comment, like, and share. Stay Focused and Write On!

Bird Brain Dog

A big black dog with a coarse coat,

Rubs its face on a dead bird

as if trying to resuscitate it,

Then tries to lick my face

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Creative Writing, Poems, Poetry, Writing

Blog Party Declared

One of the poets I’m following came up with this cool little excercise, so I’m accepting the challenge to share the love.

https://doubleupoet.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/blog-party-declared/

I’m picking someone I follow instead of a follower, but the gist is the same. I’m sharing a poet by the name of E.I Wong. His poems are usually quick, witty, and humorous; but they’re done in such a way that they really get me thinking. Check him out.

https://notesfromanarcissist.wordpress.com

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poems, Poetry, Writing

A Haiku 

Interesting. I was sure I actually posted this but apparently not. Or it got deleted somehow. I had a nice bunch of top notch blog going on too. Oh well, this was meant to tie in with my next post, so I’ll do this one first, then post the one I was going to do today as a bonus tomorrow, or something like that. Sometimes technology just doesn’t work like we want it to.  Stay Focused and Write On!

Does the Red Robin

Understand its escape from

The cold heart of man

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Creative Writing, Fiction, Writing

Clockwork

Last week I mentioned submitting a flash-fiction piece into a competition.  I’m super excited to say that it won.  I got the email at around 7:30 the other night but didn’t get a chance to check until right before I went to bed a few hours later.  Imagine my surprise when I finally read it.  As you can imagine, it was tough to get to sleep that night. I wanted to tell everyone right away. But I managed to hold off until it was actually posted on their site.  Now, I want to keep the successes rolling in, no matter how big or small. So I’ve challenged myself to submit at least one piece of writing every month.  Here’s the link to the story. I hope you enjoy. As always, feel free to comment, like, and share. Stay focused and Write On.

http://literative.com/2015/03/winner-of-the-clockwork-contest/

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Creative Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Writing, Writing Excercises

Procrastination 

   Last week I talked a bit about procrastination.  This week I’ve managed to get my own procrastination in check for the most part. I did a bit of editing, wrote a piece of flash fiction that I submitted, and tinkered with some poems. With a new wave of snow coming down, I hope I can stay focused.

  I’ll know sometime next week if the flash fiction piece wins the writing prompt competition I entered it into. Either way, I plan on sharing it with you, so look for it next week. In the mean time, I plan on doing some more editing, some new writing, and staying focused enough to keep the procrastination monster at bay. Starting is always the hardest part but once I get going, it’s pretty easy.
I’ll leave you with a few methods I use to getting words down.
#1 Free write: Just sit down and write for 10-15 minutes with no regards to what you’re writing. Think stream of consciousness. See what you have at the end of the time and carve something usable out of it.
#2 Get out of the house:  Go somewhere, anywhere, and do something, anything.  I tend to get inspiration from unlikely places or snippets of a conversation I overhear. There’s no better place to drum up ideas than the real world.
#3 Use a prompt: There’s no limit to the number of prompts out there designed to break writer’s block or end procrastination. Do a quick Google search or pull one out of a writing book if you have one. 
   

These are three quick ways that help get me motivated again.  I usually wind up with something I can work with later on, but the main thing is they help get the creative juices flowing. So if you find yourself stuck, try one of these. The important thing is to get writing again. Nothing ever gets accomplished by doing nothing. Stay focused and Write On.
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