Poetry: “Rainwater” + “Written and Read”

AMIDST THE BLUSH OF LITERATURE R A I N W A T E R Her gentle whims and raw, unuttered thought The mischances and misadventures of summertime subtlety She sipped on delicate discernment, And she met mornings with the mess of a masterpiece. The strange madness that settled within her, Pursed lips and flushed cheeks [...]

If You’re Feeling Discouraged, Read This: A Writer’s Approach to Dealing With Stress

"Sometimes, the words don't come out the same way in which they used to. Sometimes, you feel as though you aren't creating as efficiently as you once did. Sometimes, the writing just doesn't happen - and that is okay. You've settled down to get some writing done, and you continue, but something doesn't sit quite right. So, [...]

Poetry: Eglantines and Self Portraits + Doorsteps

EGLANTINES AND SELF PORTRAITS The guise of sweet regalia Untold inquisitions and delicate specificities The settled lament of written ballast For she felt her lungs command a strange interception Her nonfeasance clung to her rib cage, Burying the ache beneath her fancied stoicism She spoke of her end, a bed of eglantines An inaudible retinue, [...]

Allow Yourself the Moment to Breathe, You Deserve It

"Yes, you're allowed to take a break. Yes, you deserve it. I did quite a lot of writing this week, and I've managed to set the tone for my novel. That is something that usually takes a lot of time. I feel like I can breathe again, I feel like I can finally see the [...]

My Dreams Have Taught Me More Than Reality Ever Could

"I had a dream that left me rattled as I slowly regained consciousness. I had a dream that left me with the will to write, with the will to change what I can to make the most of the idea that has presented itself."  I used to dream quite vividly, quite often. However, I've come to realize [...]

She Said, “I Want to Be Better. I Want to Learn.”

"Monday mornings have always been the kind that I never really liked when I was younger, and that's because I was never really ready to part with my free time to take on any sort of productivity. However, as I've gotten older, I've found that on the days I allot time to relax, I'm always itching [...]

Quitting Isn’t an Option, Even When it Feels Like the Only One

"It's a constant struggle, to keep up with all that you want to accomplish when you find yourself waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Where you feel like everything is working against you, and all you want to do is start over. I woke up this morning feeling the same, wishing it weren't Monday. [...]

Finish What You Started

"I've spent too long elucidating the reasons why I cannot do something. Most of the time, I'm really not doing anything else. Then, why is it so hard to stay motivated?"  I'll answer that for you. It's not. When I am not putting effort into what I'm writing, it's usually because I'm procrastinating. Procrastination is a conscious [...]