Strategy for Productive Writing by Bogdan Dragos

A bare-chested man with hands raised in pain and his face wrapped in bandages
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“I tried to hire my mentally ill

brother,” he said. “I gave

him a knife. He’s

forbidden to touch them but I gave

him one anyways and

told him to

use it on me. That was my

strategy for productive writing. My

brother would stand by

the door

and I told him to cut me

down if I dared stand and walk away

from my computer. A

computer with no

internet connection, of course. Only

a word processor.

That’s all.”


And how did

it work


He shook his


“It didn’t. My brother got

very bored

and played around with

the knife

and hurt

himself, dammit.


I imagine I’m locked in a cell

with a computer

and my captors made a

deal with me. You

have to write 50 poems

a day, they told me. Else you


get out of here. It’s

an okay method

but I still would’ve

proffered the first one. My brother would’ve

made some money too.

I’ve life insurance.”


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan delivers a power packed piece that can only make one wonder who is the real mental case. Haha! A writer’s dedication should be strict but not life-threatening, but then who can convince a writer or in fact any creative or stubborn individual.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. ( ノ^ ω ^)ノ゚ Thank you, Terveen!

      Truth is, when it comes to associating writers with madness, you’ll either find a lot of pretentiousness or a real nut case. There isn’t much of a middle way :))

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  2. Sami says:

    a crazy crazy tale

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Many thanks for checking it out!
      ヽ( ᐖゞ)

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  3. haoyando says:

    Wow, that’s really haunting, haunting, haunting. That’s the thing. When we do something and expect certain result. However unexpected things often happen to ruin our perfect plan. And even if our plan succeeds, it usually comes with a caveat or two. This is called life and life is more whimsical than we imagined. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, in which manipulation is the rule of the day. This is why I really want to stay away from any kind of manipulation of other people. Yes, diplomacy is necessary and strategic planning is often required, but no manipulation since one doesn’t know. Sometimes one can unwittingly give a knife to a person who’s mentally ill.

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    1. There are people out there who will use any means necessary to get where they’re going. Their goal is placed above morality, and they’ll justify any unethical measures in their mind first, and then will try to convince others (like gaslighting). It would be so nice if people like these could exist only in the realm of fiction, but well, fiction is inspired from real life after all.

      Anyway, I am very glad to know you’re in a way better place now. Keep believing in yourself and creating wonderful writings. You’re on the right way

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