Creative writing was not something I gave much thought into. I never even considered writing poetry. If anyone had told me, I would be writing poetry sometime in my life, I would have laughed. Yes, I wrote great essays, even great excuses in my leave applications but poetry or stories, never.
It simply came by chance. Someone I met online asked me to join a forum of writers. He said I have the aptitude and talent for it. For three months, I pondered over it. Then one day he asked me to submit a story for a forum and I did. I started with short stories, than wrote a lot of 55 words stories too along with haiku. One day I experimented on poetry and never looked back since then. I basically taught myself poetry. I looked into structured poetry and experimented with that..sonnets, villanelles, pantoums, triolets, sestina, terza rimas--you name it, I did it. I have my phases of writing. I can go on writing structured poetry..it gives me a certain discipline. I can give myself a free rein with the more popular free verse. It gives me a kind of release. I can switch from one to the other, with relative ease.
I discovered that creative writing is an outlet for what I had mostly kept within me. I write on vast on varied issues. I try not to be repetitive. I re-invent myself in each of the verse I write. I have taken to blogging. However, what I post on this blog is miniscule of what I write. Somedays, I can't stop writing. And when I can't write poetry, I resort to writing book reviews. That way I am able to overcome my writer's blockade. Believe me, it is very much there and somedays words simply don't come out.
Writing for me is encapsulated in a time machine, in more ways than one. I have come a long way since May 2005 when I started writing. Blogging has given me that extra push towards that, ie , time travel. One can go back, stay at present or go ahead while writing. You can't stop the mind from journeying. In any way it desires. Thay way, it cannot stagnant.