I started writing poetry on a regular basis at 14 years old. I started writing about love – mostly about food and my long-distance relationship. From then on, poetry followed me wherever I went. But maybe it was I who followed the poetry? Poetry was there for me through breakups, high school, tragedy, and family… Continue reading How Poetry Changed My Life for the Better
In a turn of events that was not expected this time last month, I have met my page/poem goal for Camp NaNoWriMo. That’s 60 new poems to add to the verse novel manuscript. But it’s not done yet. This second week, I had a revelation. I recognized something was missing in the initial draft –… Continue reading Week 2 of #CampNaNoWriMo
The first week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone, and I am confident in the progress I’ve made. My Camp project is finishing the verse novel I started earlier this year. I set my goal at 60 pages, representing 60 poems. By the end of the week I had written 42 poems/pages. It helped… Continue reading Week 1 of #CampNaNoWriMo
Camp NaNoWriMo is becoming more poet-friendly every year. When I first started participating back in 2012, goals were based on word count. When I listed my project on my camper’s site this year, I noticed that a variety of ways were included in the project categorization. I’m finally able to list my project as “Poetry”… Continue reading Back for Camp NaNoWriMo!
Okay, I may have used a misleading title. It should read: How My Memories of Stained Glass Classes Inspired My Writing Practices Today and What You Can Learn From the Resulting Metaphor. I was involved in a lot as a kid. Like, A LOT. Ballet, jazz, tap, Irish step dancing, Girl Scouts, swimming, horse back… Continue reading How Stained Glass Can Inspire Your Writing
As with all writing advice, please take this with a grain of salt, since you are the ultimate judge of your own writing. Like and As are dead. They are not a graveyard. They are not part of a dead language. They are just two words in our poetic lexicon that have been overused in… Continue reading “Like” and “As” are Dead
It is now May, one month away from the halfway point of 2017. Time flies! I have dubbed 2017 the Year of Poetry. I set the goal of submitting to 50 publications this year. So far, I’ve submitted to 25! I celebrated #NaPoWriMo by attempting to write a poem a day. While some days I… Continue reading The Year of Poetry