A poem can take any form. It can rhyme. It can be short or long. Poetry uses language in ways that ordinary purposeful speech never does.
One of the fundamentals of poetry (and language in general) is the use of analogy. One thing is like another thing. With skill, analogy … Read more
We all face ups and downs. It’s inevitable. Sometimes we are riding high on the wave of inspiration, and sometimes we feel weighed down by our own sludgy ideas and lousy writing.
I’ve been there.
Over the years, I have tried all sorts of things: writing in the evenings, writing … Read more
Before I went to grad school to get my MFA in Creative Writing, I had a love of the written word.
I loved poetry and I loved myths and folktales. Strangle little tales were gems to me. I loved proverbs and wisdom stories.
They felt to me like spaces I … Read more
So much good advice has fallen into tired phrases and cliches. We share proverbs and anecdotes with good intentions, yet they erode with overuse.
It’s something to ponder: You can hear the most profound wisdom, but unless you are disposed to truly receive it for what it is, you might … Read more
Something I have noticed in myself and in other writers who hold large ambitions: We start out a writing project with a sense of verve and inspiration. Everything comes easily.
And then later at some point, things slow down. Inspiration turns into obligation. It feels like drudgery. Just another thing … Read more
Maybe you’re in the middle of a writing project — a book, a blog, a presentation — and you’re starting to feel boggy. Dragged down, uninspired.
Sometimes we get stuck because we have been looking at the situation the wrong way. Or we have run out of good ideas. Or … Read more
How to max out your ability to follow through
Everybody wants something in life. Very few people are making their visions a reality.
I would say that Elon Musk is a bonafide example of someone who is actually going after what he wants. He has big goals. He’s different from … Read more
Maybe you look out at the world and you don’t always like what you see.
All the over-hyped movies. Blockbusters that won awards and then were never heard of later. “Timeless classics” that became embarrassments.
The intellectual in me likes to try to complicate things. As a writer, I wanted … Read more