The Poetic Fallacy: On Why Anyone Can Write Poetry

Though it may not come as a shocker to many, I am an English major. What this means is that my classes often involve me reading hundreds of pages of texts each quarter, arguing in class about whether the color blue in a poem represents sadness or the sky, and writing papers about how the characters in “Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself” and “Albert Nobbs” are … Continue reading The Poetic Fallacy: On Why Anyone Can Write Poetry

Prompt 18: A Change in Perspective

Write about your day today – what you did, what you saw, who you met, etc… and then write about your day in the perspective of the opposite sex.       Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. … Continue reading Prompt 18: A Change in Perspective

The Epistolary Genre

I have enjoyed writing handwritten letters ever since I was kid, but I never knew that there was a genre for letter writing called the epistolary genre. This quarter I am taking English M138 – Topics in Creative Writing: Letters and Letter Writing where we discuss epistolary fiction in different works and our own. I conducted the following interview with Professor Hollander to briefly discuss … Continue reading The Epistolary Genre

Try Your Hand at “Assimilation,” by E. L. Doctorow

For busy college students like me whose reading mainly consists of textbooks and articles for class, or anyone with little time on their hands, reading full-length novels from start to finish can feel quite daunting. Luckily, there are all kinds of things to read in the bookstore, the library, or out in the World Wide Web — from 500-plus page novels, to shorter novellas or … Continue reading Try Your Hand at “Assimilation,” by E. L. Doctorow

Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

“Can’t stay long, Mother,” he said. “I’m up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves-“ “Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?” said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. “You should have said something, we had no idea.” “Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it,” said the other twin. “Once-“ “Or twice-“ “A minute-“ “All summer-“ … Continue reading Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

A Cello for Your Thoughts

Writing doesn’t come easily to me. Thinking about writing is a piece of pie, but when it comes to sitting down in front of the computer and trying to hash out my thoughts, I have a hard time. I get distracted first, and then I have trouble staying focus, and then I lose my direction and drive. My writing gets interrupted time and time again by sporadic thoughts, passing … Continue reading A Cello for Your Thoughts

Hmm: A List of Interesting Things/Thoughts I Noticed/Had This Week

During fall quarter, I had the opportunity to read Jennifer Egan’s “Jennifer Egan To Do” at one of WSP’s staff meetings. If you read her list, it’s essentially an outline of what her narrator plans to do in the future. Some of these things the narrator has to do including having to “Pick up kids” and “Investigate poisons.” I was inspired by Egan’s short story … Continue reading Hmm: A List of Interesting Things/Thoughts I Noticed/Had This Week

The Power of Perspective: Understanding Point of View in Creative Writing

One of the first things you need to ask before writing a piece of fiction is: who is telling the story? Or, in other words, which point of view will you choose? The point of view in fiction determines whose eyes the reader experiences the story through. Thus, choosing the appropriate point of view for your story is crucial, since different points of view have different … Continue reading The Power of Perspective: Understanding Point of View in Creative Writing

Prompt 3: Describe your Ideal Day

If you could do anything (within the natural laws of this world…i.e. no magic or superpowers) and you had one day to do it, what would you do? In short, describe your ideal day. When do you wake up? Where are you? Who are you with? What do you eat or do? Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week … Continue reading Prompt 3: Describe your Ideal Day

Prompt 1: Celebrating NaNoWriMo

Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? Every November since the project’s inception in 1999, hundreds of thousands of writers across the nation take part in a month-long attempt to produce their very own 50,000 novel. That’s amazing! If you want to take part, you can check out the rules on the project’s website. With that in mind, the prompt for this weekend is: … Continue reading Prompt 1: Celebrating NaNoWriMo

Introducing the Weekend Writing Warrior!

Hello Dear Readers, I am elated to announce that WSP is launching a new project called the Weekend Writing Warrior (WWW). From this week onwards, I will post a new prompt that everyone and anyone is invited to answer. Each Friday, the prompt will go up on our blog and our Facebook page at 5 PM, and will be “live” until the next prompt is posted the following week.* Writers may answer the … Continue reading Introducing the Weekend Writing Warrior!

Daily Tidbit: Breaking Down “media res”

The literal definition of the Latin term media res is “in the midst of things.” When it comes to literary works, media res refers to the common trope of starting stories after important events have already happened. A great example is the Odyssey. The Odyssey begins after the main character, Odysseus, fights in a war and kills a wild sea monster, is kidnapped by a nymph, and witnesses his comrades turn into … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Breaking Down “media res”