If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop

  A few weeks ago I came across a great Buzzfeed post from Shannon Reed called “If Jane Austen got feedback from some guy in a writing workshop”, which I genuinely loved. So in honour of the 400th anniversary of his death, I decided to write my own version featuring the paragon of English literature,Continue reading “If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop”

How to Deal with Writer’s Block: An Attempt at a Semi-Professional Guide

  No, this is not an article on how to deal with Writer’s Block’s editorial board. I like to think that is something you don’t need help with. Rather, this is my attempt to provide a guide to beat the condition our magazine was named after, the temporary situation where writers find themselves unable toContinue reading “How to Deal with Writer’s Block: An Attempt at a Semi-Professional Guide”

Are You Really Here, or Are You a Figment of My Imagination: The Poetry of Sarah Chapman

As a preparation for what most definitely will become an awesome year at the Writer’s Block editorial board, I ventured into some unknown literary territory during the last summer holidays. I never read much poetry, so I decided to finally do something about that and ended up reading an anthology published by the British BlackContinue reading “Are You Really Here, or Are You a Figment of My Imagination: The Poetry of Sarah Chapman”

A Literary Guide through Oxford

New York is the city that never sleeps. Paris, according to its nickname ‘cité des rêves’ (city of dreams), is the exact opposite and when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. Yet, for those who rather dream with their eyes open and wish they could spend every waking minute inContinue reading “A Literary Guide through Oxford”

The Heart of a Writer

Last summer, two things happened. Firstly, one of my all-time favourite childhood heroes, Satoru Iwata, the CEO of Nintendo, passed away. As a gamer and an enormous Nintendo fan, I mourn his death, and with me many others. Across various social media, one of Iwata’s most famous quotes was posted over and over again: “OnContinue reading “The Heart of a Writer”

The Technicalities of Creative Writing, Part 1: Narrative Modes

  There is another side to Creative Writing, one that has less to do with inspiration and letting your imagination run free on paper, but which involves a lot of eliminating, evaluating, repositioning, and table flipping. This less romantic, technical side is still an important -and rather interesting- part of the creative process, because itContinue reading “The Technicalities of Creative Writing, Part 1: Narrative Modes”

Why writing poetry is better than going to the gym

Read on to the end for an additional exercise! You haven’t been to the loo yet (the loo, loo, if you know what I mean) and feel your stomach going up and down and making loud noises and you’re all clogged up inside and have to stop running after 5 minutes for fear of exploding.Continue reading “Why writing poetry is better than going to the gym”