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Pomegranate

Published November 20, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Ripe and red

The inside ready for tasting

Penetrating the inside with mouth, teeth, tongue,

juices overflowing from the fruit.

So innocent and harmless yet so dark on the inside,

red with desire.

Once tasted, so hard to return to the light.

Finding it’s sweetness that you never thought it would have,

yet so glad to remain in its dark red recesses

and succumb to the unearthly joy of the nether world

that belongs to the pomegranatepomogranate.

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Creative Writing INSPIRATION

Published November 20, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Very inspiring and motivating to me. this piece right here.

✨Colleen Chesebro✨The Faery Whisperer ✨

Visual images have always inspired me to write.  Today I share some images that should help us get through the end of our NaBloPoMo and Team Pepper challenges (Yes, I am tired too!):

NanoPoblano

weapons of creativitiy

(Image Credit: Classroom Collective)

inspiration

Content

Creativity

NOW LETS GET BACK TO WRITING!!

NaBloPoMo_November

Tomorrow is another day.  Stay smiling and keep writing!

Silver Threading

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My Closet

Published November 19, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Top shelf

Piles of folded clothing,

topped off with discarded “maybes” and “uh-uhs”.

Hanging

One after another; blazers, slacks, dresses,

saving themselves from wrinkles for those Occasions.

Floor

Paired side by side with their mates

Cause every needs the right shoes for her different walks in life.

Drawers

Underwear scattered, scant pieces of clothing

worn on parts that should be heavily protected.

Shirts categorized by how often and when used,

the ones with the most wear in the front.

Para of different colors and designs but all branding the same sorority,

neatly categorized and placed in its own drawer away from the Non-Greeks.

The world of clothing that is, the perfect description of me and my world

Prepared Disaster

Published November 10, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Sorry to have been absent for so long, I have had so many other projects that I haven’t gotten the time or patience to post. I am considering putting up the play that I worked on and finished for my creative writing class but for now I’ll stick to this poem that we had to write for the class. I am trying my hand in this genre that I am not most comfortable with. Let me know what you think and/or critics on word choice and lines would be most helpful.

Prepared Disaster

First.
Doubt.
Second thoughts.
The instinct feelings, crushed.
A feeling of overstepping the boundaries & rules
she wasn’t accustomed to, that never bound her.
Now confined to a space unfamiliar to her.

Second.
Reprimand.
Self-reproach creeping along her insides
like a stranger robbing an innocent.
That rose colored glass with its own cracks, shattered.
Starting to overthink, overcomplicate.
Casting a shadow of over the sun of a smile.

Third.
Steel.
Plating armor all around.
Erecting a wall, impenetrable, no top to see over.
Running away from it all so hard and fast
that the distance couldn’t be greater, safer
and be confined to her own rules & boundaries.

Words, looks, tones, just one moment is all it takes, everytime.
For one moment she is up and then down in
Three.
Two.
One.

Editing Tip #59

Published November 10, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

I always need help editing, definitely one who needs, grammar/editing for dummies.

Don’t Over Edit… Pt. 2 ~

Paratroopers in WarOne of the easiest things to do in anticipation of your first edit is to research. Research what? Writing “Best Practices” from online blogs (like this one) and Writers Magazines who show you how you can improve the impact of your plot, the resilience of your characters, the strengths of your scenes, and so much more.

Trying too many new ideas at this stage of the game is more likely to confuse both you and your beta readers (when they get their hands on draft two).

But you need to edit – so how do you when enough is enough?

I say, read all the editing help magazines and sites you can BUT make a list of the most poignant tips… that’s poignant to you and your work. And that’s the biggest difference. You need to be able to critically look at what…

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The Three “Acts” of a Writer’s Journey—From Newbie to Master

Published November 3, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Great insight to writing

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Pirate Code=Writing Rules. Clearer now? :) Pirate Code=Writing Rules. Clearer now? 🙂

The mark of a great storyteller is they make our job look easy. The story flows, pulls us in, and appears seamless. Many of us decided to become writers because we grew up loving books. Because good storytellers are masters of what they do, we can easily fall into a misguided notion that “writing is easy.” Granted there are a rare few exceptions, but most of us will go through three acts (stages) in this career if we stick it through.

Act One—The Neophyte

This is when we are brand new. We’ve never read a craft book and the words flow. We never run out of words to put on a page because we are like a kid banging away on a piano having fun and making up “music.” We aren’t held back or hindered by any structure or rules and we have amazing…

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