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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Hotel of Saints by Ursula Hegi Book Review (2)
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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
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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 […]

22.12.13.1- Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

22.12.13.1

And there was no art to her cry There were no stories in her eyes You looked at her that time But you didn’t love her even when you tried She asked for a miracle, a pair of eyes That saw her even when she couldn’t see the light Prayers are laryngitis nightingales A Frankenstein […]

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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 […]

17.6.15 Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

17.6.15.

There’s an undoing to everyone In their hiding places In their dare not’s Is a weak camouflage What are you not When you can be anything Absolutely anything .  Nature left trinkets To the one who looked harder Deeper Why did you say no When you could’ve said anything? The doors you didn’t open What […]

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Black Milk by Elif Shafak ― Book Review. #mothersday

Black Milk is intriguing to read because it is Elif Shafak’s recounting of her struggle with postpartum depression. Because it is Mother’s Day, it is even more important to discuss literature that construes the dark and underrepresented side of motherhood. For the writer of some of my favourite books such as ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’, […]

writing competitions to enter in May 2020- Momina Arif's Blog
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Writing competitions to enter in May 2020

Writing competitions are always the answer but they are now more so than ever because we all like a little validation in the form of cash prizes. As we enter the third month of the global lockdown it is becoming increasingly difficult to cope. Whether it is knitting you took up during the quarantine as […]

1.5.16 Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

1.5.16

The future is made up of tears you don’t even remember letting out in the night. With crumpled pages of defeat All I ever wanted was to believe And there is justice for every time you didn’t have it in you to do justice. It’s made up of fears you didn’t even know existed underneath […]

9.4.16- Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

9.4.16

This is how you know they can’t be fixed When you can hear the guilt talking. Screaming from behind what they are really saying. When they have grazed upon an apology and returned way too many times. I wish you have it in you to forgive. All the people you have been.

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The Spy by Paulo Coelho ― Book Review

Exploring the life of a 20th-century exotic dancer and courtesan in Paulo Coelho’s The Spy was exactly the kind of distraction I was hoping for. The story comes to life in the form of letters that Mata Hari wrote her lawyer towards the closing of her trial where she is found guilty for being a […]

16.12.15- Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

16.2.15

Do you think the sky will forget Or the angels will misplace A kindness, An unkindness When in its due time Any step Every step Could unlock a heaven or hell of its own When here Now And never Are kingdoms in waiting For their time to come Do you think God will miss-spell a […]

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The Caterpillar

When the days came crashing I whispered promises into debris Made demon deals and blind dives into things you don’t return from But I wanted my skin off I was no butterfly and I was a wicked caterpillar I believed in nothing and with every feather I collected off the earth I wanted to fly […]

23.5.13- Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

23.5.13.

I didn’t ask for it all I asked for what meant everything The fall doesn’t scare me now It is the height You will dig my dreams out of the earth You will because they are yours too There is an evident lie called truth And you’re not a memory yet

15.4.13 Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

15.4.13

At the bottom of misery’s ocean Is a soul manic to its core Pride that lingers the wreck Doesn’t bring it back life The closest we ever get Is that we forget The invisible boundaries if not touched Will never be found The only reason that keeps you around are roses that bloom right out […]

21.4.14- Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

21.4.14

And this is where I built my prison This is where I’m still waiting A heaven for all the dreams that died screaming And a hell for all the ones that lived to see me fail A place where I haunt the staircases looking for you And you rip pages out of a desolate copy […]

Writing

The Woman

I promise you sometimes the world is on my side.  and I write the future.  I let the trees grow their barks through walls  and then they are homes no longer sometimes the pavement cracks open  for a clover.  sometimes a deer in the woods gets to decide the trickle down of planets. and when […]

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5 ways to never start a Novel.

Writing a Novel is a tricky business. You will spend a lot of time reading, more so than even writing and this is to research ways that an idea can be executed. Now there are many rules to start a storyline, and you should take them all with a grain of salt. There are always […]

25.12.14 Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

25.12.14

He shivers like a flame Asks me to write a poem That looks like me I spin in riddles Of contempt Like a snake Shedding Forgetting I’m not the same person I was last December I don’t know what I look like anymore

The British Law- Momina Arif's Blog
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The British Law

Behold the British Law, the horse breeder and his reptilian bastards.  May they grow into men. May they know better than fear.  Behold the Shakespearean threat.  Women who tasted freedom and never returned  May they never return.  May they never learn.  Behold the blood that ran blue and tangled you in it’s web  Let it […]

8.2.16 Year of Sorrow
Year of Sorrow

8.2.16.

And do not wither into foolishness Thinking crystals of diamonds. In every fiber you hold the strength of lifetimes that blister the hands of death. And never believe that you’re delicate. The skies tremble for the souls that wake to try again every time. Even if the eternal wrecks in toll. They will never be […]

Bookstagram 101- Momina Arif's Blog
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Bookstagram 101

You’d be interested in finding out what exactly is a bookstagram if you are a book enthusiast, a writer, a blogger under the book-blogging niche or just someone who has been swept off of their feet by the obnoxiously beautiful images of books on Instagram   You also might have followed a certain tag to see […]

What is a poem made up- Momina Arif's Blog
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What is a poem made up of?

What do you need to know about writing poetry? What are the things that differentiate poetry from other kinds of writing? And most importantly, what makes a good poem? Keep reading to find out all  the things that make up a poem. A feeling that really stuck with you.

10 things I know about artists- Momina Arif's Blog
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10 things I know about artists

Here is a peculiar list of things I know about artists by living with one. 1- ) They rarely know what they’ve made: So this is an exercise I have with my sister, who is an artist, after she makes any piece. I ask her what it’s about, she looks at me like I asked […]

A day in the life of- Momina Arif's Blog
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A day in the life of…

For the idea of this blog post, a day in the life of, I have to credit someone else- Thequietpeople.com A day in the life of me includes first of all waking up early. And I do that because I sleep early too. As boring as the very introduction sounds, it is what it is. […]

a little something about writing- Momina Arif's Blog
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A little something about writing.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Here’s the thing about this blog, it’s a writing blog. So for my very first blogpost I would like the topic itself to be writing. I want it to be about how ‘writing’ works with perfect examples of what the writing process looks like. First of all it’s the inspiration. […]