The Unfinished Manuscript

What motivates you to keep working on an unfinished manuscript? Do you have an unfinished manuscript that you come back to every now and then? Well, I’m here to tell you that you should keep working on it if that’s what you needed to hear.

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The Lesson That Took 8 Years to Learn

How many times have I walked on the path of this park? The grass has gone from green to yellow and from yellow to green so many times that sometimes I see green grass and dandelions in December. Did I see kites on the sky last spring or have I seen them every year? I’ve […]

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When You Don’t Believe in Yourself

Whether you believe in yourself or not, and whether or not you believe in your dreams, wasn’t there a time when you needed a little nudge? Maybe a coworker or an uncle or a stranger told you what you needed to hear. Maybe they helped you by doing something for you that you didn’t expect […]

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How to Find Inspiration to Write

1. Inspiration From the Book You’re Reading What qualities do you admire about the book you’re currently reading? Do you admire the writer’s sense of world building? Their sense of humor or psychological loops and twists? George Orwell’s 1984 has a great example of world building. From the first page, you get this eerie feeling […]

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2984: A Short Story

Noelle rushed through the pedestrian traffic towards the university campus. She didn’t find it surprising to see a robot walking a dog. The year was 2984, and Modernization had become as normal cars, electricity, and the sun. Had she been paying attention, she would have seen a robot riding a bicycle next to her. 

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What does it mean to not hold back?

In her poem “Little Things,” Sharon Olds writes, I am doing something I learned early to do, I am / paying attention to small beauties, / whatever I have–as it were our duty / to find things to love, to bind ourselves to this world. Like Olds, Mary Oliver’s poems teach me to pay attention […]

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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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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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