In Defense of Fan Fiction

So far, whenever I’ve mentioned the word fan fiction, people either didn’t know what it was or thought about it as something to look down upon. They associate it with either some perverse version of the original work, or with someone who takes another author’s work and changes it to make it all about themselves.Continue reading “In Defense of Fan Fiction”

Synergy: Writers and Editors in Collaboration

“You don’t try to reverse the river or get it to jump over a mountain, you harness its flow and energy to gently urge that it join up with other tributaries.” David Byrne 1. Introduction Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think that writing is a lonesome activity. Granted, like many writers I spend aContinue reading “Synergy: Writers and Editors in Collaboration”

The Writer’s High

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” — Red Haircrow 1. ONSET Beginnings are always the hardest. Sitting at your computer, chasing that perfect opening line across your mindscape, searching, constantly searching. In what lair is it hidden? In what vault isContinue reading “The Writer’s High”

Writer’s Block Is Looking For New Editorial Board Members!

Writer’s Block is looking for fresh, new, enthusiastic, talented, and creative editorial board members! Do you like writing, editing, or do you have any journalistic aspirations? Then join the Writer’s Block editorial board! What/ who is Writer’s Block? Writer’s Block magazine is the student magazine of the English department at the University of Amsterdam, butContinue reading “Writer’s Block Is Looking For New Editorial Board Members!”

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 5: Death of Ideas

  “Your head’s like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that weContinue reading “Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 5: Death of Ideas”

Rupi Kaur’s poetry in the age of social media

You might already have heard of her through Instagram or Tumblr, or maybe you’ve seen her book lying beside all of the other ‘cool’ books in the book section of the Urban Outfitter’s store. Rupi Kaur is a Canadian author, feminist activist and illustrator in her twenties who has published two books of poetry accompaniedContinue reading “Rupi Kaur’s poetry in the age of social media”

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 2: Inspired by Spirit

  “[S]topping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.” — Stephen King 0.Continue reading “Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 2: Inspired by Spirit”

Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 1: Why I Write

  “First there is no idea. Then there is the flickering of an idea. Then there is a fully realized idea. And then finally we have a physical artifact which we can hold in our hands. We have a book. We have a painting. This, to me, is a magical act. Any act of creationContinue reading “Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 1: Why I Write”