John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.
The Art of Writing
Good friend, fellow poet and writer, Brenda Arledge has once again provided us with a word prompt via her article 'Word Prompts Help Creativity- Week 42 (Writing.)"
When I saw the prompt I thought, "Where do I even start with an article about writing?" All aspects of writing have been extensively covered already - how to write; what makes a writer? why writers write; how to write a technical article, poetry, short fiction, essays, a novel etc. A quick Google search will yield thousands of articles on every aspect of writing.
I too have written many articles and poems focussing on the art of writing. I was tempted to share links to some of those, but this word prompt by Brenda is actually intended to provide inspiration for us to write something new. That being the case, I used the prompt as such, and wrote a new poem, while trying not to repeat what I had written previously.
The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.
— A.B. Yehoshua
Georgina's Enchanted Pen
Georgina sat down, pen in hand
To feed her writing urge,
Her hand hovered above the page,
The words just on the verge.
Her brow creased slightly in a frown,
She willed her mind to roam
For a topic or a title,
A story or a poem.
She’d no belief in writer’s block,
That was a cop-out line.
Once she put her pen to paper
Her words would flow just fine.
An idea began to surface,
It was sketchy and quite vague,
But Georgina’s pen began to move,
And ink flowed on the page.
Now her mind was ticking over
And the words began to flow.
Each thought was falling into place
Making her story grow.
Each sentence formed a paragraph,
And soon she filled a page.
The first chapter flew by quickly
Like a bird free from its cage.
Georgina’s fingers couldn’t stop,
Her muse was in full flight.
She wrote from the early morning
And continued into night.
She had to force herself to stop
And catch a few hours sleep.
But the story she was writing
Into her dreams did creep.
Then, as soon as her eyes opened
She picked up her book again,
Continuing where she left off,
Led by her enchanted pen.
Georgina filled page after page,
Her thirst could not be quenched.
Ten thousand words was soon achieved
Before she stopped to rest.
She was writing like a demon,
Until her fingers hurt.
She wouldn’t tell you if she knew
What inspired this writing spurt.
Within a week the book was done,
It seemed her pen could think.
The final full stop was in place
As the pen ran out of ink.
She took a day or two away,
Then proofread her first draft.
A spelling error here and there
Caused Georgina a good laugh.
But, all in all, it wasn’t bad
For something so unplanned.
It was as if a greater power
Had lent a guiding hand.
So, her manuscript was published
To critical acclaim.
An unknown writer up to now
Had achieved worldwide fame.
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.
— Terry Pratchett
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