The cities- Momina Arif's Blog
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The Cities

There’s a part of you somewhere in a school balcony wondering if being alone could always feel so serene And it takes a while but the walls start rescinding. There’s a part of you that’s taking it in, second by second. A breezy September night.  Everything is fleeting but everything is fine. And you wonder […]

The ending- Momina Arif's Blog
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The Endings

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 […]

Fantasy Cliches Momina Arif's Blog
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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 […]

Sunsets- Momina Arif's Blog
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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 […]

writing competitions July 2020
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Writing competitions to apply to in July 2020.

Still can’t believe that we are in July of 2020. All those memes trending right now about still mentally processing February. Yes. That is I. Adjusting to the new routine or the lack thereof is something everyone is dealing with right now. And for us writers, that don’t write, it is another excuse to fall […]

Hotel of Saints by Ursula Hegi Book Review (2)
Books

Hotel of Saints by Ursula Hegi― Book Review

From the author, of Stones from the River, the Hotel of Saints by Ursula Hegi is an extraordinary collection of short stories that sometimes make us smile and sometimes drive us to tears. This book of short stories takes you different places such as Germany, Mexico, and the United States. The variety of characters and […]

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 […]

22.1.16- Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

22.1.16.

And its been all lapses My heart hammering to a sublime silences Right where the sword hits serene You promised to be more. You’ll be more When you’ve been least You have to break Before you’re free. Its all in the promises of time And you’ve got time All the time in the world. But […]

How to write the perfect villain
Writing

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 […]