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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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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The Nature of These Lines

I share poetry lines that move me and why they move me in this poetry series called “These Lines.” I am still reading The Carrying by Ada Limon, so lines from her poems made it to this series again.   I hate the world, the pain of it that circles in us, that makes us […]

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There are Ghosts and Madness in These Lines

This is a poetry series in which I share poetry lines that move me and why they move me. The following lines are from The Carrying by Ada Limon. What if I want to go devil instead? Bow down to the madness that makes me. from “Last Summer After a Panic Attack” I think that all […]

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My 11 Writer Dreams Beside Being on Bestsellers List

As improbable as some may seem, here are my writer dreams besides being on bestseller lists. Be the half of a well-known literary couple like Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi, Kaveh Akbar and Paige Lewis, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. (A girl can dream.) Have a room with a view in the house the is […]

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