My Internet connection is down, and I’m forced to use my phone, so maybe today will be less about poetry, but more of a regular blog entry. I’ll still keep to the 5 minute time limit, yes, but I just want to write a bit about the freewriting exercises and how it’s been.

For those of you who are new to my blog (I don’t have a lot of followers 😔), for the past month or so I’ve been trying to write one poem a day, all within the span of 5 minutes. This is partially because it doesn’t take too long, and the short time lends themselves to a more concise piece.

Writing the posts themselves make me realise and really mark out the themes, lines, images and ideas I tend to revert to when I’m stuck – and the way to escape them being to write the opposite. It becomes a conscious process, and not so much autowriting in the truest sense of the word.

Most importantly is to be free to write and post whatever – the self mandated ‘no edits’ clause both forces me to concentrate as I write, as well as to not be too hung up over the end result.

It’s currently day 38, and I want to do a 100 days at the minimum, so fingers crossed the Streak continues? It’s a bit like the manga about the people shaped holes in the mountain – how will my poetry emerge after all this?

Filed under: blog, Freewriting


A member of Singapore-based writing collective /stop@BadEndRhymes ("/s@ber"), Valen dwells in the swamp of poetry. He has been published in various publications, including Anxious Poets Society, Eunoia Review and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He has performed his work at the Arts House, the Singapore Art Museum, and in various dingy bars.

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