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Practicing Poetic Themes: Poetry

Sometimes the best theme to write about is the thing we are doing. Marianne Moore’s “Poetry” is one of her most intriguing poems for its original premise and its revision scale . As poets, we always create, but the writing process often changes. Sometimes we love poetry. Sometimes we truly […]

Poet of the Week: Marianne Moore

One of American literature’s foremost poets, Marianne Moore’s poetry is characterized by linguistic precision, keen and probing descriptions, and acute observations of people, places, animals, and art. From Marianne Moore’s biography by Poetry Foundation When considering Marianne Moore as a person and a poet we need to focus on the […]

Seasonal Patterns in the Writing Life

As there are seasonal patterns in daily life, there are seasonal patterns in the writing life. We have our dormant winters, our revitalizing springs, our steamy summers, and our colorful autumns. Each season inspires something different in writers. It’s only natural that this would be the case. But, issues arise […]

Planning: Getting Ahead?

The other day I sent my husband a link about a program to help with plotting a novel. Actually, I was thinking a series of novels. (Slow down! Let’s not get too ahead of myself.) He studied it for a few minutes, but I could tell by his face that […]

Being a Writer: Question 15

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the […]

Being a Writer: Question 14

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the […]

Being a Writer: Question 13

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the […]

Being a Writer: Question 12

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the […]