The ending- Momina Arif's Blog
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The ending

Let’s talk about the world ending. With indefinite days ahead and for everyone when they are ready. The goodbyes that have waited on me so long, almost feel holy. I think you’ll feel like that again, when a secret escapes and it’s not just yours anymore. When an old friend knocks on your door and […]

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How to avoid writing clichés in fantasy

Any bookstore you walk into, you will find shelves upon shelves of fantasy fiction. There are actually quite a lot of fantasy books but they all seem to be weak imitations of the same book. Most fantasy books tend to be predictable and filled with clichés at every step. If you remove all the fantasy […]

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The Sunsets

You’ll learn to catch time in its infidel steps You’ll learn to keep your sunsets inside  When people you love are retracing  Learn to see their midnights Ticking, turning.  Learn to accept when they’ve let go Learn to see things before it’s too late  Learn to be brave. Braver than words Learn to be brave […]

The one- Momina Arif's Blog
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The One

I don’t want to be in love anymore It has been a tiresome make believe And I’ve not lived better in it’s shadow I’ve not softened over the edges I’v become scornful And vile and iridescent Demanding of answers that love cannot give That not loss can make simple Are all of us made to […]

How to write the perfect villain
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How to write the perfect villain?

A villain done right tends to be even more memorable than the protagonist. This is evident from characters such as Ramsey Bolton, Lord Voldemort, and Hannibal Lecter that are quite scary even today. Readers are as drawn to villains and heroes and it is safe to say that writing a villain means you need to […]

writing competitions to enter in June 2020
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Writing competitions to apply to in June, 2020

Writing competitions provide you with much-needed exposure and by competing with other writers you can become better at writing. Almost all writing competitions provide you with some sort of theme or prompt which you then have to build your story, memoir, or poem around. This is great because it helps eliminate procrastination and the overwhelming […]

writing lessons from Charles Bukowski - Momina Arif's Blog
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Writing lessons from Charles Bukowski

I’ve been fascinated by Charles Bukowski‘s poetry for quite some time now. He is the world-renowned author of poetic masterpieces such as Hollywood, Ham on Rye and Women. Some of my favorite poems of all time have been written by him. It comes as no surprise to me that he is known as the ‘patron saint […]