3 Benefits of a Writing Critique

Waiting on a critique of my writing caused me anxiety last October. I had built up the courage to submit the poems to an online program called The Bridge by Brooklyn Poets. I regretted submitting them for critique within the hour of sending them. I wondered what the poetry editor would think of my work […]

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2 Benefits of Gratitude Writing

My gratitude practice started simple. I listed one by one all of the things I was grateful for. Then it became more descriptive, more intentional. Now, when I write about what I’m grateful for, I explore in detail why I’m grateful. I challenge myself to describe how what I’m grateful for makes an impact in […]

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How I’m Letting Go

I am burning my journals. I’m lying. I’m actually going to shred them because I don’t have a backyard to burn them in. I thought I’d never do it. Shred the 12 years worth of notebooks and journals I’ve been lugging. They’re full of poems, pages with tear marks, to-do lists, magazine cut outs, goals, […]

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What is Your Word for 2019?

Do you choose a word to set the tone for the new year? I don’t remember where I found this tradition of picking a word as the theme for a new year. But I love the simplicity of it compared the complexity of creating a list of goals.  As I prepare to wrap up my […]

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Because I Can’t Tell You What to Write, I’ll Tell You

My goal has always been to produce the type of writing that people want to read in the morning. I want to develop a writing style that sets a tone of hope or gratitude or strength for the day, so that readers look forward to reading my work at any time of the day. When […]

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The Impressions of These Lines

I found the  following lines in Louise Gluck’s poem “Echoes” from her book Averno: “From our kitchen garden / you could see the mountains, / snow covered, even in summer. / I remember peace of a kind / I never knew again. / Somewhat later, I took it upon myself / to become an artist, / to […]

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One Lesson on Writing

When I was in high school, I carried poetry notebooks that I made all of my  friends read. When I read most of them now, I can tell how I felt in those poems, but I  have no idea what I was talking about in some of them. I was very dramatic about everything. Actually, I still find […]

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What Love Letters Teach Me about Writing

The other day I watched P.S. I Love You for the first time even though it’s a popular romantic movie. Even though it’s not a movie specifically about the writing process, it teaches three things about writing that I actually already know, but that I don’t mind being reminded of.  If you have already watched […]

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3 Tips for Writing as Way of Life

    I decided to become consistent on this blog as a way of taking my writing seriously. Even though writing has never been my life’s main priority, my life always leads back to writing. I can stop writing for days or weeks, but sooner or later my preference of creative outlet is writing. The […]

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Are Your Writing Drafts Just as Valuable as the Final Draft?

I walked through my local art museum a couple weeks ago and saw a Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro collection. I was struck by seeing drafts of the same etchings side by side. I expected to only see the final versions. The information box said that the artists, “gave their working process much […]

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