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An Exercise for My Writer's Block: An Ode to the Disney Villain Maleficent

Updated on March 4, 2017

How I Came Up With My Writing Exercise

Go away writer's block!! Yes, this is where I was at in my head when I wrote this little piece of poetry. I had a good plan for such an original piece of prose. However, every time I wrote a few lines, I deleted those few lines. I could not find the flow of what I wanted to write.

Then, I decided to surf the web. I started looking at photos of nothing particular just whatever came up after I typed in keywords that I felt might go along with the idea I had in my mind. Time, past, vintage, all these words, yet nothing that came up made me feel propelled to go forward with a solid verse that would make sense. Prose should be easy since it is not full of rhyme or reason. It's only thoughts and stanzas that stand out in no particular placement. Just thoughts!! So, why couldn't I come up with that??

Well, I still couldn't. Then, I saw a picture of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, and I started thinking about how odd I was. Let me explain. I really love Disney's movies. I like the stories of inspiration of love and magical adventures. Even so, my favorite characters, oddly enough, have always been the villains. No, not because I admire their torture of the good princesses and princes. Wait, I am lying there. It is kind of exhilarating watching them construe their evil. Don't judge. It's only a Disney movie, not a murder mystery! Anyway, I have always found a soft spot for these evil go-getters, and Maleficent is one of my favorites. I only recently watched the movie version with Ms. Jolie playing this part. I liked it. Though different in a lot of ways from the cartoon, Jolie gave the character a human side, the kind of side I always saw in the villains even if it wasn't well pronounced in the cartoon version.

Therefore, this is what I came up with after writer's block for what I really wanted to write. I decided to write a poem about the character Maleficent. I thought of this as a writer's block exercise. Something out of the blue to write that may or may not be relevant in anyone's eyes as they read, but hopefully will be entertaining enough to give me a sense of direction to write out my prose piece that is stuck in my head! I will try that tomorrow, but for now; I hope you think this villainous piece is worth a read.

The Dragon Lady


Do you ever get tired of being nice? Thoughts of evil deeds

entertaining your mind...

Do you feel that’s crazy even to think, when you know yourself

you wouldn’t hurt a flea?

Did life delusion your softer side,and in turn, harden your heart

for revenge and despise?


How do you relax these scary impulses in order for the true

you to come back to the Surface?

An alluring cackle springs from your throat, but later on you

weep alone.

Stop this insanity - you think to yourself. Rise above it all.

Bury Maleficent.


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    • Missy Smith profile image

      Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Bill. Maleficent is misunderstood I think. I believe Angelina Jolie played that to her credit well. Just like a Disney character (villain) should be viewed. I relate to her as well. :)

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      Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

      Thank you for reading this one, Venkat. There is nothing special about it, but maybe sometimes simplicity is something fun to write too. :)

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      Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very nice expression of your feelings and a good exercise to pour out something from your thoughts. I like this association with and sympathy towards evil characters as they are also human beings and in some corner of their heart, they might be having guilt and emotions suppressed.

      I am also a victim of writer's block and do not find the flow to express my thoughts clearly.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have a couple new ideas kicking around in my head. I have to give them time to sprout and grow, without my interference. That's how my muse works, a solitary woman, best-suited to dark rooms with great sound-insulation to provide total quiet. :)

      Loved your exercise...Maleficent and I have quite a bit in common.

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      Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

      Yes, this one is very short, extremely out of left field, and not one I feel very confident about. I used it for a purpose not seeking for any grand ovation. So, knowing that, whonunuwho and John, your comments here are more than I deserve. Thank you!

      I placed it under the ode category since it was about this particular character. I don't know if it's qualified since it is short and lacking enough vibrancy and depth. I wanted it to be longer, but it wasn't going any further.

      I'm not sure it even helped me focus on the one I really wanted to write yet. I've decided not to rush. It's hard. I've been troubled lately and writing is usually my release, but I think I need to relax and wait on my flow to return.

      I'm not extremely disappointed in this one though. It has intention. :) Thanks again!

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      whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

      I'm at times surprised when I am inspired to write a thing. There are those moments when I have mulled it over for several days then to write. I may hear something or am influenced by politics. Writer's block can be extremely daunting at times my friend. Well done in your new exercise. Blessings. whonu.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I often have these times of wanting desperately to write something, Missy, but what I think I write doesn't work out or is not what my muse has in store. I end up looking elsewhere for inspiration and it invariably comes. I can relate to this and I enjoyed the poem even though it was short it was very expressive. I couldn't vote in your poll as I have not seen Maleficent yet and can't think of another villain....then again, maybe the evil woman in 101 Dalmations though I can't remember her name.