We all have our leisures in life. In fact, we have all the time for it, when we have finally retired from work. When I retired, I would often get online and read stories and poems, done in the blogs. I took some inspirations from it, so I started my own writings, thinking that I can also do it in an amateur way and later on progress in time, to become this professional writer that I have had begun to dream about.
I put myself busy trying out my writing skills, at the same time keeping my mind active and thinking. It is said senility or dementia during one's senior years gets regressive when the mind is always kept at work. Initially, I started doing poems as inspired by my then existing loving relationship. What better and more impulse can drive one to write beautifully, as when someone is in love. Lines would flow as the feelings would show. Hence, I was able to compile as many verses, that somehow gave descriptions and pictured how my feelings were, at the time the verses were writtien. Somehow I was writing a journal of my everyday encounters, through the poems I was creating.
At first it was difficult to put the words and lines into rhymes. But as I caught the pace to do it right, it came easy and fun to do. The next chapter of my writing involved this photo writing adaptation that I tried doing. I would pick a photo online or from someone else's photography. I'd capture thoughts and ideas I found appropriate to describe said photo. Then put or develop these thoughts and ideas, as concrete, either by creating storylines from it or a poem out of it. I developed one short story but I found out prose or narrative is more difficult to produce than verses that can capture in a few words, most of what I think and would like to convey. I find verse writing, a more challenging feat, as well, because situations can vary from how the reader would perceive your message or thoughts in that poetry. Interpretations can variate from how you would have wanted your thoughts conveyed as how your reader will have perceived it.
I have this dream really of putting into a book all of my written verses, something that can sell like a coffee-table book where one can buy it at the counter of any coffee serving bars and shops, then find reading it while sipping coffee. The idea is novel I know, but publishing it, is a difficult task to initiate. It would entail first positive responses from the publisher and then this significant amount as printing cost, in addition to the marketing strategies to have it selling.
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