Painting Poetic Pictures

[found on; by Maggie Smith Hurt]

“Beginning to write poetry is about beginning to think about moments, stories, memories as their complete selves and then finding the right way to make those things lean, to amp up the right words to convey the tension, ambiguity and softness.

It’s a task a bit like painting a horse on a grain of rice….all the right things in the right place but the space is smaller and so the subject, all the more significant in its purest form, becomes the whole thing, the little nugget of art- the whole picture.”

For more great tips on poetry from Maggie Smith Hurt, click here.

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Show Up, It’s the Secret

[found on; by Carol Tallon]

“Turn up, keeping turning up and don’t forget to breathe!

While this may not sound original or particularly enlightening, struggling writers should focus on this as a first step.  Turn up and keep turning up until it no longer requires any conscious effort.  You might not be in the mood to sit at the computer, and you may even feel that it is a waste of time if your mind is blank, turn up anyway.  The ego of a writer is a great thing as it means we will not tolerate a void, regardless of whether that void is in our mind, in conversation or on the screen in front of us.  Our aim will be to fill that void.  It’s a compulsion. Give into it. Over time, with discipline, your words and ideas will be transformed into concepts that can be shared with the world.”

For more tips from Carol Tallon, click here.

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