Are you a professional writer? A published author? Are you French? Well, neither am I! I’m a Puerto Rico-based aspiring illustrator who’s done some writing on the side. I’ve been subject to multiple formats and platforms for digital writing and found some valuable experience from it. Here’s a list of those to hopefully get your creative (writing) juices flowing!
1- “DWN-15: Heat Man” – Do you like videogame in your poetry? Well, you’ve come to the write place! This short poem mixes the love for Megaman by drawing a parallel between the game and a personal touch of growing up. Life’s a tough level, but it’s worth it.
2- “The Sound of Animals Fighting” – An in medias res short story about a craving to inflict violence on those just as wicked; with a little artwork, if it sweetens the pot. You’re in for a bit of grit.
3- “Puzzle Pieces” – Here’s some Twitter action. It’s short and sweet, so I won’t spoil much beyond the fact that it’s a haiku.
4- “What A Mess” – Another piece of Twitter fiction. Or “twitfic”, as the natives call it. What’s so neat about it is the ambiguity it plays with. I’ve read multiple interpretations on top of my own, and they’re all quite fitting. What’s yours?
5- “Imagine They’ll Miss Me” – This began as a writing game. A sort of… fill in the blanks sort of deal. It led to a pretty interesting journey blending both fantasy and snark as opposed to pushing the “wow” factor on readers like some authors desperately try to. However, it’s also loaded with a bit of symbolism and it’s open to interpretation.
6- “DWN-062: Frost Man” – Another writing game, this led to a poem encapsulating the feeling of playing Frost Man’s stage from Megaman 8! The snowboarding segment was tricky, huh?
7- “Hush” – The sounds of poetry; that’s what lies in this one. A playful attempt to roll sounds off the tongue. Read it aloud to really make it ring.
8- “Candle Jackie” – Here’s a change of pace: a sound poem! Download it and listen closely. I burnt my finger making this one sound “authentic”, so don’t let my poetry injury be in vain.
9- [Have you ever seen] – Contrary to the last one, here’s a concrete poem. Do you smile with your teeth?
10- “Level-Up!” – Another quickie, this one’s an anipoem. Remember how I said there was videogame poetry?
11- “Graphite Spunk” – The funny part about this is that it’s a bit of a remix of no.5 in this list, cut up and with a bit of grunge thrown in. Here’s to character creation.
12- “111 Days of Sleep” – Are you familiar with “A Humument”? It’s somewhat kin to blackout poetry, but… I think it’s better if you give it a go and see for yourself.
13- “Rockman Surge” – More Megaman? Of course! A remix of “Taroko Gorge” by Nick Montfort, it infinitely generates a poem about Megaman, man! Look out for Bass; there’s a chance he’ll show up looking for Megaman.
14- “Flight of Icarus” – This last piece requires you to make a few choices. It’s a Twine game, so it’s text-based and scifi. Bonus points if you’re into Greek mythology. Can you get all the endings?
Hopefully these have given you an idea of what you can do with writing besides typing left to right. Make note of the methods that really stuck with you and try to come up with your own both within and breaking outside of those platforms and constraints. Who knows? You may open the floodgates for another batch of writers. Happy writing!