becoming a writer

Becoming a writer, Sherri Matthews

Becoming a Writer: Introducing Sherri Matthews

Want to know what it takes to become a writer? Ask a writer. Everything I know about writing, I learned from writers. Everything. During the next few months, I’m going to introduce you to four writers who blog about their writing life and share their journey toward becoming a writer. Today I’m introducing Sherry Mathews. Sherri has worked …

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Sleeping in the Forest: my love affair with poetry, part 2

One of the first contemporary poems I loved was Sleeping in the Forest, by Mary Oliver. To adequately love a poem, you must prepare its dwelling place; memorize it. Revisit it frequently. When I found the poem (late 1980’s): Reading that poem (which is under copyright and not legally available online) felt like meditation to me. It felt …

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Tracy Lee Karner

What writing instructors should pass on to their students

For you skimmers, here is the bulleted list right up front– 9 principles I learned from a great writing instructor: Don’t be in a hurry to be published. Love learning; read copiously. Especially love literature. Memorize poems. Don’t take yourself or your writing too seriously. Take the acquisition of wisdom seriously–live decently, courageously, and well. Trust; you …

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Tracy Lee Karner

While they’re not (yet) begging for your book, perfect your pie crust

Don’t give up. Keep writing and revising. Keep knocking on doors and learning. Keep thinking about exactly who your audience is and what they care about. And keep connecting with peers and mentors who can help you improve your writing (because growing as a writer is like growing in compassion, it’s a never-ending process). Published …

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