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Guest Post: To Find the Time to Write by Eric Rasmussen

Eric Rasmussen

Let’s all imagine a nice middle-America gal named Laura. Laura likes colorful sweaters, loves her daughters, and feels ambivalent about her job, maybe as a nutritionist. Plenty of things bring Laura joy: homemade marinara sauce, suggestive text messages from her husband, and occasional rainy weekend afternoons during which she introduces her kids to her favorite

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Guest Post: Poisoned Bait by C. Wade Bentley

C. Wade Bentley

Don’t get me wrong—I like poetry. I write it and read it and listen to it. A lot. And that puts me among a very tiny minority of humans. No one is clamoring for more poetry. Poetry is more available and accessible today than it has ever been, and yet it never goes viral. Go

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Writing that is Alive by Ron Clinton Smith

Ron Clinton Smith

“If you bore yourself, you bore others,” a comedian friend told me years ago. It was true of the very off the wall stand up we were doing at the time, and I’ve lived by it both as a writer and actor since. If what you’re doing isn’t breathing, throbbing, kicking, illuminating, practically exploding off

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Guest Post: Wrestling with the Headlines by Sidney Williams

Sidney Williams

I once pointed a creative writing student in search of mystery story ideas to a Twitter feed that aggregates crime news from across the country.

“That’s going to depress me all day,” he said.

That wasn’t my intent of course. I hoped headlines would begin a quest by piquing his curiosity and imagination. Sometimes I

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Guest Post: Excerpt from the Book, “Underwater Music” by Iryna Lialko

Dream of Flute by Iryna Lialko

Dream of Flute by Iryna Lialko

Breath of wind from the sea flows through your mind, you are both the derelict and the pilgrim, wandering through a memory of yesterday’s dream: a mermaid, alone, her tail stung and stripped by salty caustic waves, each one but a sting on her soul, tenderly

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Guest Post: The Creative Nemesis that Keeps Us Humble and Keeps Us Writing by Irene Thalden

Irene Thalden

This poetry writing is a bitch.

I mean really. You get an idea and you rush to get it down on paper—because, you know, if you put it off, it’s gone. Gone, nowhere to be found again. I heard that Arlo Guthrie (and who knows if he really said this) said creativity is like floating

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Guest Post: Out of Time by Beth Sherman

Beth Sherman

The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything. – John Irving

We must use time creatively. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

I was at the gynecologist’s office, naked,

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Guest Post: The Importance of Being a Bookworm by Katie Schwartz

Katie Schwartz

Like a lot of people who scribble in notebooks constantly and wear their library cards thin, my early childhood was defined by books. There were books in every room at my grandparents’ house, where I lived until I was six. My grandpa read to me every night before bed, sometimes starting a wild rumpus with

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Choosing Settings for Your Writing by Christa Carmen

Christa Carmen

Think of the last place you visited that really stuck out to you. What was it about the locale that made you connect to the experience? What details of the place did you retain and recall at later, unexpected moments, bridging the gap between the past and the present? These are the kinds of questions

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Guest Post: The Importance of a Writing Community by Francine Witte

Francine Witte

Jack Kerouac famously said “be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” Certainly as writers, we try to embrace this notion. The creating, the expressing, the transformation of thought to word, the sharing of what we do with like-minded artists – all of that feeding our aliveness and love of our craft.

It

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