Procrastination can manifest in many forms Remember the story of the The Boy Who Cried Wolf? It’s one of Aesop’s Fables in which a lonely boy who is tending his sheep repeatedly cries “Wolf!” to seek […]
Sometimes we need to just write for ourselves You would think that during such apocalyptic times that the best thing a writer can do is, well… write about it, but that is not always the […]
Rejection is not what you think it is A writer’s life is paved with thorns. The sooner you realize this simple truth, the better. Imagine an arena full of tigers and battle-hardened warriors. Some are seasoned […]
She’d been buried under a stack of newspapers for years and only emerged for coffee and banana bread when the mood took her. She had a face like eggshells, and was in the habit of […]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Seven tiny outfits for your infant self pegged to the line like flags in your multicoloured nation, in your infinite future of jargon speak and mind txt: and […]
Something my late father taught me that I’ve never forgotten was to surround myself with people who I respected, and people who inspired me. “Stand on the shoulders of giants,” he told me. And while I didn’t really begin to live by this code for some years, it resonated with me and I never forgot his advice. But what does it really mean to stand on the shoulders of giants?
There are a lot of writers out there who take their poetry very, very seriously. They study tone, lineation, verse and structure. They analyze rhyme, alliteration, assonance, and the many conventions of Western poetry. And while it’s important for a writer to understand the function of line-breaks, alliteration and form, etc – poetry remains one of the few forms of prose where there are no rules. Or rather rules that must be learned in order to be broken.