On Writing Crap (aka the First Draft)

I want to open a dialogue about an idea that is both taboo and yet, spoken about over and over again in the writing community. It’s something every writer deals with. It’s something every writer fears and every reader loathes. 

Writing crap.

Everyone does it. The most prolific of writers write crap. The most famous writers write crap. Continue reading “On Writing Crap (aka the First Draft)”

Must-Subscribe-To Podcasts for Readers & Writers

Readers and writers, connect with your tribe! These podcasts are either on the subjects of reading and writing or hosted by writers!  Continue reading “Must-Subscribe-To Podcasts for Readers & Writers”

25 Poetry Prompts for National Poetry Month- Day 5

Sometimes, organic inspiration fails to come when we need it, and we need a little assistance. Writing prompts come in handy for creating inspiration. Here are 25 writing prompts to help you on those days that need a little help. Continue reading “25 Poetry Prompts for National Poetry Month- Day 5”

The Haiku: National Poetry Month- Day 2

It’s Day 2 of National Poetry Month! Today, I thought I’d spotlight one of my favorite kinds of poems: the haiku.

What is a haiku?

The haiku is a Japanese poem that consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7, and the third line has 5. Traditional Haiku poems are generally about nature, but can always include a metaphor to a larger theme. Continue reading “The Haiku: National Poetry Month- Day 2”

Quit Writing Crap: A Few Tips to Help You Hone Your Craft

Writing–like riding a bike or drawing– requires constant practice. The only way a writer gets better at his or her craft is through dedication. Here are 5 tips to help you hone your craft:
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