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Just a short reflection for the 50th exercise. It’s been a long 50 days since Day 1 . Where I just set out to write something ‘interesting’, it’s since become part of my daily practice as a writer. I set aside time to write every day – and even if these freewrites aren’t quite polished, they’re still drafts – now I have 50 to work with.

Ironically, however, I think the constant freewrites have made me more critical of my own work? Through identifying trends and spaces where my mind goes when I run out of ideas, I start to find my niche / crutches in writing – this really reminds me of advice I was given at the Manuscript Bootcamp regarding my constant use of a few select images and metaphors.

I did have some interesting moments in the past 50 days though:

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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