Write With Adora

the collected works of youth literati. read. write. publish.

Anonymous asked: how we can continue to write and write without feeling bored? I love writing novels, but sometimes I'm bored and I made not to continue writing.

Try writing about really crazy ideas that you haven’t dreamed up since childhood. That should bring anyone out of a bored funk :) But it totally is possible to over-write; sometimes you just need to take a break and switch to another creative activity like dance or drawing, or maybe even try some geometry, to appreciate writing again.

Anonymous asked: hey, do you give critique? thanks!

Not really, just because I’m super busy this year, but I definitely edit the work that gets uploaded here to WWA if it needs editing to meet the blog’s guidelines.

Anonymous asked: Have you ever read any of Rabindranath Tagore's poetry before? What types of poems do you usually write?

Yes, I have! I’m a big fan of “Let My Country Awake.”
I used to write pretty much exclusively rhyming poems, but now I write a ton of free verse stuff. You can check out a lot of my recent poems at adorapoems.blogspot.com (I post pretty much everything here, so it can be a mixed bag) to see more of my style (to the extent that I have one.)

Sharing Poetry: Nicolette Stasko, "The Moth and the Moon"



Tonight the moon is a perfect…
not quite but nearly sickle
its edges clearly cut
as a white flower in a dim garden
a bone kicked up
on a forest floor
if I bend my knees slightly
and look
I can change its position
maneuvering it
into the shivering branches
of the bare ash tree


This morning…

Alun Lewis, “Postscript: For Gweno”


If I should go away,
Beloved, do not say
‘He has forgotten me’.
For you abide,
A singing rib within my dreaming side;
You always stay.
And in the mad tormented valley
Where blood and hunger rally
And Death the wild beast is uncaught, untamed,
Our soul withstands the terror
And has its quiet honour
Among the glittering stars your voices named.

(submitted by ifellowedsleep)

a poem by John Updike

(written in response to an NY Times book review of a book by an author with this name.)

I Missed His Book, But I Read His Name

Though authors are a dreadful clan
 To be avoided if you can,
 I'd like to meet the Indian,
 M. Anantanarayanan.

 I picture him as short and tan.
 We'd meet, perhaps, in Hindustan.
 I'd say, with admirable elan ,
 "Ah, Anantanarayanan --

 I've heard of you. The Times once ran
 A notice on your novel, an
 Unusual tale of God and Man."
 And Anantanarayanan

 Would seat me on a lush divan
 And read his name -- that sumptuous span
 Of 'a's and 'n's more lovely than
 "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan" --

 Aloud to me all day. I plan
 Henceforth to be an ardent fan
 of Anantanarayanan --
 M. Anantanarayanan.

— John Updike

Anonymous asked: Is it normal for poetry to make no logical sense? Is poetry's purpose to convey certain feelings, emotions, images, and ideas creatively in words?

Heck yeah, sometimes I think that poetry = that which has no logical sense :) In some ways poetry is a way for me to express the things that don’t make sense in words. Poetry’s purpose is whatever you use it for. Poetry has been used for propaganda, for beauty, for ugliness, etc. There really are no rules.

Anonymous asked: What are some ways to increase the creativity of your writing?

Try to think like a little kid for a few minutes…you know, imagine dragons and crazy plants and everything that we tend to ignore now telling ourselves, “Oh, this isn’t realistic enough.” Read some Daniel Pinkwater if you need imagination, he’s amazing at this. And it’s also worthwhile remembering that creative doesn’t necessarily need to equal crazy; there’s creativity in even the most realistic of fiction.

Anonymous asked: hey adora! I'm Ninda. I want to know how so I could like you, very smart and genius?

haha, thanks! I appreciate the compliment. I wouldn’t call myself a genius though, at all. If you want to improve your writing I’d definitely suggest writing every day or every week (like a poem or short story) and then you’re guaranteed to get better just through the practice. I think I definitely had an advantage because I started practicing early. :)

Sharing Poetry: Elizabeth Bishop, “One Art”


The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:

places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—-Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.