Writing: Ever Surprised Yourself?

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This month’s question is: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?

 

I think every writer has a moment when he or she goes back to read something one written eons ago and wonder who on earth wrote this magical piece?  I’ve had a few of these; but, I think I’ve surprised myself the most when I attempted to write poetry years ago.

I read poetry when I was in high school because it was required reading; but the ones written by Robert Frost and Walt Whitman stuck to me the most especially Road Not Taken and O Captain! My Captain!  I never really attempted to write one though feeling a bit intimidated by the poetic forms these poets used.  I thought I never could write anything wonderful like that.

Fast forward twenty plus years.  At this time I’d been working in the banking industry, and I’d recently learned of a coworker who was a poet.   From her, I heard about NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and decided to give it a whirl.  I searched online for a simple poetic form to try and discovered haiku.

Here’s one of my earlier haiku:

Longing to connect

-to fill the hole of one’s soul

butterflies entwined

I became hooked on writing haiku and micropoetry in general.  Eventually I began creating my own forms using various number of syllables.  Here’s one of my favorites I wrote a few years ago:

Seekers

Ocean waves pound on

the sandy shores, carrying

away the deep scars;

sandpipers scuttle with the

milky foams, seeking

nourishment for the lonely

I don’t consider myself a poet, but I love writing poetry (namely micropoetry).

What about you?  Have you ever surprised yourself as a writer?

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Writing: Ever Surprised Yourself?

  1. I like micropoetry too. So much being said and unsaid and in such constrained formats. Reminds me of life, how short it is and also full of possibilities.

    Not once did I ever think I’d write a romance. Poetry and young adult fantasy, yes. Romance, no. So imagine my surprise that I’m currently writing one, which now has spanned into a series and a spin-off. To borrow from Forrest Gump, ‘writing is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna write.”

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  2. Frost’s Road Not Taken is one of my absolute favorite. You can count on me to announce “two roads diverged in a yellow wood” anytime we need to pick a path while hiking. My family must love that about me.

    I haven’t tried to write poetry in years. I enjoyed reading yours!

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  3. I love poetry and I really enjoyed yours! I used to write it all the time when I was younger. Somewhere along the way I quit doing it however and have honestly been afraid to try again. You’ve inspired me to jump back into it though, so thank you!

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  4. For me, poetry is something I only write for myself these days, though once I aspired to see it in print. I do, however, find great solace in reading poetry and I’ve needed a lot of solace this year. So I’ve been reading a poem a day all year. It’s good to get poetry back into my life in this way. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    • Writing poetry for me is very cathartic. I don’t write it all the time; in fact, I maybe write one new poem every few months and that’s it. But, it’s an outlet I need when writing stories isn’t enough. I’m glad you’re reading poetry. Life can be challenging at times.

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  5. I’m pretty sure I’m my own worst critic — I love stuff that needs cutting and feel meh about bits that beta readers love. But I’d have to say there’s some passages in the second book of my trilogy that I’m damn proud of. I still think it’s my best work so far and use it as a bar to reach for my other projects. 🙂

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  6. Poetry kind of snuck up on me as well. I was walking around, and this poem just popped into my head. I eagerly went home to write it, and, wow! From that moment I was hooked. That moment started me writing more, started my blog. I have grown to really appreciate rhyming, enjambment, assonance, wordplay in general — all the things that can be wrapped up in a poem, as well as just how poetry has allowed me to meaningfully express myself and my emotions as a type of therapy and journaling. Am I a good poet? A matter for debate, I suppose. But I enjoy it, and I know I have something when I can now look back at old poetry and still thoroughly enjoy it — something I never had when dabbling in fiction. And because poetry can be short (and mine often are) it appeals to my often short attention span!

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