Writing Exercise

Poetics Statements

pencilPoetics, a word that started with Aristotle, is often defined as a “theory of literary discourse,” but for each of us as writers, our “Poetics Statement” is more akin to a writing manifesto. This is your chance to wildly, brazenly state exactly WHY you are called towards writing. Why do your write? What does it mean to you? What does writing have the power to do? How long have you been doing it? What is it about writing (or words or stories or poems) that you love? Do you always love it, or is it a love/hate relationship? Has your identity as a writer changed over the years? Are there people in your life who know that you are a writer? What do you want from writing? What are you afraid of? What are you willing to do? This statement/manifesto can be a list, a rant, a stream-of-consciousness text, or anything in between. Just start with the line “I write because—” and go for it.