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
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:
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?
What’s this group about:
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.
(Taken from their website: Insecure Writer’s Support Group)